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Old 07-19-2017, 09:16 AM   #16
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I'm in MI, so different growing cycles, conditions, etc., and no disrespect to your TruGreen person regardless, but I would have a hard time believing that wild rabbit urine would cause any damage to the lawn. Dog or cat urine, sure, but there are differences between them and wild rabbits. You keep water bowls for dogs and cats, and they visit them regularly. Here anyway, birds, squirrels, deer, etc. drink regularly out of ponds, creeks, bird baths, mud puddles, etc., but I've never seen a rabbit drinking out of any of these, because they get most of their water from the stalks of the grass and other vegetation they eat. So somehow they operate on lower volumes of water over longer timeframes, which seems to me would mean less urine. Also, most dogs and cats that I have been familiar with have daily routes, at least to some degree, so they have favorite rest stops along the way. Wild animals on the other hand may have favorite areas, based on food, security from predators, etc., and they may even have favorite paths to get from one area to another, but their schedule is typically not quite as routine, and where they decide to stop has a lot of variables, so they're not as apt to be peeing in the same area on a regular basis. Anyway, it's possible, but, as I said, doesn't seem to me to be too likely that rabbit urine is causing brown spots in your lawn.

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Old 07-19-2017, 12:40 PM   #17
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That's interesting, to me anyway, as I never would have imagined it doing any harm. I grew up with more-or-less of a country lawn, and my own for the last several decades is definitely country, so not as fussy about such things, and guess that I've never noticed. We have quite a variety of wildlife on the property, day and night, so watch where we step sometimes, but other than during a particularly cold and snowy winter when the deer and rabbits start gnawing on just about anything visible above the snow, I seldom see any damage. The only ones that bother me are the geese that come up from the swamp behind us or from clear across at a neighbor's pond to hang out in our yard in the afternoon. The poop itself is bad enough, and that brings along the seeds for some gnarly looking broadleaf from around the pond, but weed and feed twice a year helps keep that in check. Anyway, good luck with keeping up with rabbit urine stains.
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