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Question: what is the best lawn to have with 2 big dogs? we have put sod in 3 times and we have just patches of lawn now, its hard to mow.

Answer: Dogs are really tough on lawns - their constant running can compact the soil which will keep the roots from penetrating deeply, and their urine can cause burn spots. Dog urine contains concentrations of salts, so it has probably thrown the soil pH off a little. I suggest raking about an inch of compost into the area. The compost contains soil organisms that can help balance to the soil biology and chemistry. Depending on the grass species, new blades may sprout in the renovated area, but you can always put down a little seed to get it going again. If your dog usually uses your lawn for relief, douse the area with a hose to dilute the effect of the urine soon after the fact. Consider also giving the dog his/her own area and fencing it in while you enjoy the rest of the lawn.

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