Doggie Litter Boxes Downtown
I saw this "litter box" for pets outside of a downtown Vancouver apartment building yesterday. It was filled with pellets, probably made of sawdust, and the sign on the back said to dog owners to please use this instead of the lawn. It's the first time I've ever seen anything like this, I was interested to find out more immediately.
I always thought that pet waste would be good for a lawn, you know some kind of natural fertilizer. Apparently I was wrong. I caught a commercial the other day for a lawn care product that can re-grow grass... even on concrete!. During their spiel they mentioned that it will even regrow pet-stained lawns. Pet-stained lawns?
It seems as though I was only thinking about #2, which does actually make grass shoot up all nice and thick, but if you're a pet owner in Vancouver, you know that leaving said #2 on someone's grass or on any grass for that matter, can get you a fine and a lot of nasty glances [See Vancouver's Animal Control ByLaw]. So if that isn't the problem, what is?
"Lawn burn is a common problem that results when the urine of your dog burns the grass in your lawn. If you have ever had to deal with this problem, you know how frustrating it is and how difficult it can be to prevent. Lawn burn is a common problem that results when the urine of your dog burns the grass in your lawn. If you have ever had to deal with this problem, you know how frustrating it is and how difficult it can be to prevent. [PetEducation]
Dog urine. That's right, it's no good for grass and I suppose it makes sense. It's not like a pet owner can collect that in a nice little baggy to throw away later on. This is apparently such an issue that when I googled "Pet Stain Lawns" an abundance of "pee-be-gone" cleansers and sprays came up in the results.
"Pet stain repair!", "Green-um Pet Lawn Stain Stopper!", "Lawn Spot Away!" - this is quite the market. Even though I am a little late to the game - my excuse being a) I don't have a dog and b) I don't have a lawn - people are taking preventative measures to ensure the green, healthy, lushness of their yard remains intact. I suppose it's for the best, although I'll wait and see if these outdoor doggie litter boxes catch on in this city.