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My 12 week old puppy goes potty in the back yard. After he's finished I use the "jet" setting in my garden hose to desintegrate the feces into the ground. Would this practice be detrimental, neutral or beneficial to the soil?
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Comment by CJ, Gracie, and Quinn on March 21, 2017 at 8:24am

In your own yard, I'd say do what works for you. We mostly pick ours up, but it doesn't then vaporize... it ends up back in the environment somewhere. No reason to worry about transfer of parasites--it's your own dog. If you don't notice any damage to your lawn, and it works for you, why change? However, you may change your mind when it's no longer puppy size :) BTW - What a cutie!!

Comment by Gail, Fozzie, and Ruby on March 17, 2017 at 6:03pm
Actually the fertilizer we put on our grass can affect our lake. Our backyards definitely are an issue. The years we have more stuff in the ground water can be really bad years for the weed overgrowth in our lake, or mean swimming is curtailed when we test the beach areas. Due to my location, I actually know how important our ground water is, and the affects of pollutants. Even in my yard I pick it up and throw it in the garbage. I would recommend paper towels if it is not bag worthy.
Comment by DonMarie & Picco on March 17, 2017 at 5:48pm

It's different when it's your own back yard.  You are only affecting your own soil.  I'm not saying not pick it up but when it's wet and runny and you can't then the best thing would be washing it into your soil.  

Comment by KIM DOERRBECKER on March 17, 2017 at 5:21pm

Saw this on the net:  


10 Reasons to Scoop Your Dog's Poop


  1. Stormwater carries pet waste and other pollutants directly into waterways.
  2. Animal waste adds nitrogen to the water. Excess nitrogen depletes the oxygen in water necessary for beneficial underwater grasses, wildlife and fish.
  3. Animal waste may contain harmful organisms such as Giardia, Salmonella and E. coli that can be transmitted to humans and other animals by ingesting contaminated water.
  4. Roundworms and hookworms deposited by infected animals can live in the soil for long periods of time and be transmitted to other animals and humans.
  5. It’s the law! Many urban and suburban areas require you to pick up after your pet. Even if there is no restriction, cleaning up after your pet is always the right thing to do.
  6. Joining the growing number of responsible pet owners may encourage hotel managers to accept pets when you are traveling and help keep fees to a minimum.
  7. No one likes to step in pet waste and spread it into homes, cars and businesses.
  8. Scooping on a daily basis and applying lime will help prevent odors.
  9. It’s easy to clean up by carrying plastic baggies and paper towels in your pocket. The baggies can be secured and thrown away in the garbage.
  10. Your neighbors will appreciate your good manners.
Comment by Gail, Fozzie, and Ruby on March 11, 2017 at 6:46pm
In public places here where I live it is against the law to not pick up after your pet. We are also in a lake community where we are concerned about anything that gets into the ground water. I use the scooper in my yard after a couple days, and put it in the garbage. My pups make big dog poop though.
Comment by Barbara Cortón on March 9, 2017 at 1:52am

It should be beneficial. When good mulch is put down it is manure so either way it is biodegradable. However, urine is another story.

Comment by Jan, Lily & Nessy on March 9, 2017 at 12:57am

Good question.  I don't know the answer, as I pick up and dispose of such in the garbage headed for the land fill... 

One possible problem that could occur, is if worms or other gut invaders are present, then there is a risk of reinfection by contact with the soil.

I wouldn't chance it myself, but then again, I have no choice anyway (rules/regulations require I pick up and dispose).

Comment by DonMarie & Picco on March 8, 2017 at 7:53pm
It shouldn't hurt your lawn. I've had it disentigrate under the snow and it's never done damage. It's not a good fertilizer because of too much protein content. Definitely don't put it in a vegetable garden!
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