Why Hire Us?: Dog Poop Destroys Your Lawn

Your lawn needs nitrogen to be healthy.  Dog waste is rich in nitrogen.  Yes, both your dog's pee and poop is very rich in something ... nitrogen.  Which your lawn needs.  Well done, pooches!  And thank you for the generous gifts of nitrogen-filled poop that you daily bestow upon the lawn!  Because it must be good for the lawn, then, right?  Right??  Not so fast!

Sir Jowlfrey Farquad has bestowed a gift upon your lawn.

The observant dog owner may notice that dog waste actually produces dead or burn spots all over the lawn.  That is because dog waste is just a little TOO rich in nitrogen.  All plants need this building block in order to thrive but according to GreenerGreenGrass Organic Lawn Care Blog "too much nitrogen can cause a 'burning' effect, killing the grass."  So no, Sir Jowlfrey Farquat, you are doing no one any great favor.  Sorry.


Dog urine does the most damage to lawns because it is often "bestowed" in a very concentrated area (especially by dogs who squat.)  And because of it's liquid form, it dissolves and does its damage very quickly.  Luckily, dog poop is a little less harmful because it takes longer to break down and deposit its nitrogen into your lawn.  But on the other hand, it starves the grass below it of both air and sunlight until it is removed.

Oops!  Dog poop can destroy lawns as it breaks down very slowly over time.  Hiring a pet waste removal company can help your lawn stay healthy.

Dr. Steve Thompson, DVM, wrote an in depth article about dog-caused lawn burn for Canine Practice.  His focus, though, is on urine as he notes: "Since stools are usually solid, owners have the option of frequent manual removal. With more time for the nitrogen waste to dissolve into the lawn, stools that are frequently removed damage lawns less than urine."  We have witnessed this throughout our years as dog poo cleanup service.  Spots that are browned and dried underneath a pile of poop one week look significantly healthier and recovered the next.  They just needed a breather!


So all you need to do to increase lawn protection against dog-caused nitrogen burns is to go pick up your dog's poop on a regular basis.  In addition to answering emails, cooking dinners, managing family schedules, taking the car for an oil change, planning that wedding, tending the garden ... etc...

Dog Waste and Your Health

The American Pet association estimates that this country's seventy-one million pet dogs produce over 4.4 billion pounds of waste per year. That’s enough to cover 900 football fields with 12 inches of dog waste!

Dog feces are more than just a nuisance – pet waste can pose a serious health hazard.

Why?.... A number of common parasites, including round worm, are transmitted via dog feces. When infected dog droppings are left on the ground the eggs of the roundworms and other parasites can linger in the soil for years. As a result, anyone who comes in contact with the soil also comes in contact with the infected eggs.

Children run the greatest risk of infection because they're prone to play in the dirt at the park or playground and then put their hands in their mouths or rub their eyes with their hands. But even a group of teens or adults playing Frisbee or touch football in an open area could be in danger. Parasitic infections can make humans extremely sick, and for pregnant women - can pose a serious harm to their unborn child.


Thank you utah pooper scoopers for the article


Poo Happens can come and collect and haul away the poo to help keep your yard safe for everyone!


With the entire state of Colorado worried about what's going to happen in the next minute, we decided to put this post out for all our customers and followers. With waste removal being an essential business, pooper scooper service! will continue to service your lawns as you are scheduled. We do have a few requests, 

    1. As much as we love to chit chat with all of our customers, we ask to keep the face to face contact to minimal or none at all. With the Corona Virus spreading as much as it is, we want to keep personal contact to a complete minimum. 
    2. We also ask that you keep your pups in doors when we come over to clean up the yard. Even though we always wear the proper PPE, we want to ensure that we keep you as safe as possible as well. 

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Organisation for Animal Health have issued advisories saying there is no evidence at this time that companion animals can spread the COVID-19 virus.

The WSAVA (World Small Animal Veterinary Association) Global Veterinary Community—an association representing more than 200,000 veterinarians—also states that there is no evidence that companion animals can be infected. The association does, however, caution that this is a rapidly evolving situation and updates will be provided as they are received. People confirmed to have COVID-19 should avoid contact with other people as well as pets.

PAWPoints - Coming April 1st many of you are getting your PAWpoints cashed in and we will be delivering them as usual on your next cleaning. All our packaging is done in house and have been sanitized as usual but we have also taken extra steps to sanitize them above and beyond our normal guidelines. 

Should I have a preparedness plan for my pet(s)?

In the event of a crisis or disaster, we urge everyone to have a preparedness plan in place. And, get the word out! Remind community members that having a plan for pets is critical; individuals who become sick or require hospitalization will need to have someone to take their animals. If you can, please endure the current situation from the safety of your own home. 

Some steps to take include:

  • Identify a family member or friend who can care for pets if someone in the household becomes too ill to care for pets.
  • Have crates, food and extra supplies on hand for movement and relocation of pets if necessary.
  • Keep all animal vaccines up to date and have copies of those records available in the event that boarding becomes necessary.
  • Ensure that all medications are documented with dosages and administering directions. It’s a good idea to include the prescription from your veterinarian with the medications and your pet’s to-go bag.
  • Pets should have proper identification: a collar with ID tag and a microchip with current, up-to date contact information.


We work independently. A dog waste removal technician has no need to come into contact with anyone throughout his or her day. They spend their time inside their vehicle, driving from property to property, or alone on those properties while doing their work. All but essential office staff work from home.

We have always practiced sanitization. Our technicians are trained and have always used sanitization practices such as hand wipes, sanitizer, and other cleaners like kennel disinfectants to disinfect their tools in between properties. The coronavirus is like many other viruses, and sanitization products are effective in stopping spread.

We help prevent the spread of other diseases. There are many human diseases that can be carried by dog waste including E. coli, salmonellosis and parasites like roundworms and tapeworms. Considering many of our clients are incapable of scooping their dog’s poop (elderly, disabled, injured), they count on us to keep their properties clean and sanitary.

We help prevent environmental impact.  When left on the ground, pet waste negatively impacts the health of our community.  The EPA has classified pet waste as a “non-point source of pollution,” and water runoff that contains pet waste is a major contributor to e-coli in our waterway. AwwCrap! removes pet waste from residential yards, apartment common areas, municipality parks, dog parks, open spaces and empties pet waste stations throughout communities.

We recognize that Colorado and the entire country is going through a challenging time, due to the spread of COVID-19. Our pooper scooper service are aware of the public health concerns, and we are taking care to do our part in keeping Colorado clean and healthy.