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Dear Daisy Dog

I live at the end of a row of townhouses, and the neighborhood’s dog owners use our yard for their dogs’ constitutionals. They pick up after their dogs, but my grass is nevertheless destroyed.

Commercial products haven’t worked, and neither has talking. I am a grass lover, and I need help.

Daisy Responds

Preserve your grass by building a small garden with plenty of mulch or decorative gravel, or plant a hardy ground cover.

Add a pretty sign that says, “Pet Potty. Please clean up after your dog.” If you’re the whimsical type, add a fire hydrant.

It’s usually the urine, not the bowel movement, that scalds the grass. Even my urine kills grass.

Some people feel the culprit is the ammonia in urine, so they give their dogs Vitamin C to acidify the urine. Others feel grass burnout is due to urine that is too acidic, so they give their dogs sodium bicarbonate.

Unfortunately, most people have found these and other purported remedies to be ineffective.

Now a note to dog walkers: people react more favorably to us canines when you respect their property. If you pick up after us and don’t let us become nuisance barkers, people will welcome us in the best parks and won’t pass ordinances that limit our numbers in households.

Please respect your neighbors’ yards so we’ll be greeted warmly when we visit.

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