Answer: Sounds like an exciting opportunity to me! Fortunately, there's a lot more literature available these days on natural lawn care, so you don't have to worry about harming the health of your dogs, the environment, or yourselves. The patches left by dog urine are probably dead, and the soil may still have a concentration of salts from the urine. Water the spots well, allow them to drain for a couple of days, and rake out the dead grass. Rake in some compost and apply grass seed. For a complete guide to caring for your lawn, check out the free bulletin from Gardener's Supply Company (www.gardeners.com; ph# 800/863-1700) "Lawn Care the Natural Way", which outlines fertilizer, aeration, watering, etc. Your agricultural extension service (ph# 608/266-4271) should have a list of landscape plants that suit the growing region, and here are a couple of good books that you may want to check out at your library or bookstore: "Gardening in the Upper Midwest" by Leon C. Snyder (Univ. of Minnesota Press, Minneapolis; ISBN# 0-8166-0833-4) and "The Wild Lawn Handbook" by Stevie Daniels (which includes lists of native and low-maintenance plants for growing zone/light/soil conditions - Macmillan Press, http://www.mcp.com/mgr/gardening). Hope this helps!
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