Dog Poo Is Much Worse than a Stain on the Green Space. It’s Hazardous for the Environment and Deadly for Plants

    Dog Poo Is Much Worse than a Stain on the Green Space. It’s Hazardous for the Environment and Deadly for Plants

    Dog Poo Is Much Worse than a Stain on the Green Space. It’s Hazardous for the Environment and Deadly for Plants
    Greg
    11:12 AM EST, February 21, 2022

    Many people still fail to clean up after their dogs. The thing is that it has negative impact on our natural environment.

    Examining poo

    Strolling in the park we often walk onto the landmines left by the pets as some dog owners still haven't mastered the skill of picking up their animals' poo. Scientists from Belgium analyzed the problem and proved that dog excrements pose a threat to green areas.

    Anna Dudkova/unsplash
    Anna Dudkova/unsplash

    A big dose of nitrogen

    The scientists from the Ghent university selected 4 wildlife reserves in Belgium and closely analyzed dog excrements right there. They research lasted for 18 months. It turned out that they enrich a hectare (2.5 acres) of land with 11 kilos of nitrogen and 5 kilos of phosphorus per year. It is a lot bearing in mind that normally, that is without human (or dog) intervention only 0.5 kilo of nitrogen reaches a hectare of land.

    Less biodiversity

    Dog poop works like fertilizers. The thing is that excessive fertilization can be detrimental. It is only a few species of plants that grow well in a nitrogen-rich environment. That is why you will often see ivy or nettle growing in spots where dogs answer their call of nature. Other species, requiring less nitrogen, are slowly pushed away from a given ecosystem. As a result, the biodiversity of the place suffers.

    Daniele D'Andreti/unsplash
    Daniele D'Andreti/unsplash

    Throw poo away

    To maintain the diversity by letting a variety of plants grow, all we have to do is to clean after our pets. Both the ecosystem and people relaxing in the park will benefit from this simple act of tidiness.

    Do you ever watch people who walk their dogs to see if they pick up their pets' poop?
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