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Repairing Dog Spots

For a beautiful lawn

dog-spotsWhether your dog is your child, or you got a dog because of your child, or fall somewhere in the middle, your lawn is probably looking less pretty since you got Fido.

Maybe ‘Spot or ‘Patch’ is a more fitting name, because that’s what’s happening all over your lawn; those nasty circles of dead grass, which can vary from an inch to a foot or more, depending on the size of your dog. Female dogs are often blamed for being the worse culprits in causing this damage, since they generally just go in one spot, while male dogs will ‘spread the wealth’ a bit more.

While it might be hard to believe, dog urine is actually comprised of many of the same elements as fertilizer, including nitrogen, potassium and phosphorus; the problem is proverbial, though, in that it’s too much of a good thing.  The concentration of nutrients burns the roots, and the grass dies.

If training is still an option, the best way to preserve your lawn overall is to get your dog to stick to one out-of-the-way area (think behind the shed where no one but you goes anyway).  Some dog owners have even created little gravel areas in their yards specifically as doggie rest stops.

For the owners of older dogs who can’t quite get the hang of a new trick, focus on damage control for your lawn—Mega Moist Mix with Premium Red Worm Castings and biochar.

When the temperature rises, you aren’t the only one who gets thirsty faster; your lawn is also looking for a drink. That means that it will quickly absorb any- ANY- liquid.  Watering your lawn regularly will help offset that.  (Keep in mind that you do have to abide by any water bans your municipality might have instilled).  Also, spray water on the spot immediately after your dog has urinated; this will help dilute the urine and send the nutrients down to the grass’ roots.

You can encourage your dog to drink more water, as this will help dilute their urine as well. While some might suggest adding Real Salt® to your dog’s food (to make them want to drink more) or baking soda (to raise the pH level of your dog’s urine), this can have health implications later on, so talk to your vet first about whether it’s a good idea for your pet.  An easier way to increase your dog’s water intake if they’re eating dry food is to add water before you serve it.  Wet foods often already contain more water than any other ingredients; check the label to be sure.

But what to do when the damage is already done?

First: rake up dead grass and remove loose debris.

Second: sprinkle some Agriculture Lime over the damaged area which neutralizes the soil

Third: spread Premium Red Worm Castings, Mega-Moist Mix over the entire area. In a few weeks if the grass is not filling in as quickly as you want, you can reseed with BigYellowBag Coated Lawn Seed.

If you don’t have the time to work the area you can choose to replace the area with new sod.

Whether you go the reseeding or sod replacement route, just remember that watering is important, both before and after.

And finally, be sure to get outside, where you can enjoy your dog and your lawn at the same time!

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