Dog Spots On Lawn - Knowledgebase Question

Question by LMorgan64
August 4, 1999
We have three large dogs. We have a well landscaped yard, however we tend to lose grass and some patches turn neon yellow. Other than watering, what else can we do to minimize this and have a beautiful looking lawn? When replacing patches of lost grass, when is the best time to seed? What type of grass would hold up best against the dogs?

Answer from NGA
August 4, 1999


Dog urine is alkaline and contains concentrations of salts, so it has problably thrown the soil pH off a little. I
suggests raking about an inch of compost into the area. The compost contains soil organisms that can help balance to the soil biology and chemistry. If your dogs 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. You can rake and reseed in the spring or autumn months when the weather is cooler. Some of the sturdier grasses for growth in your area include Bermuda and Kentucky Bluegrass.

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