Dog killed grass... - Knowledgebase Question

Neenah, Wi
Question by sharon2gregg
February 10, 2009
2 dogs and a lot of grass kill. What can help me get my grass back without replanting it all? What can take the strong smell of urine away? Thank you.


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Answer from NGA
February 10, 2009

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Dog urine contains concentrations of salts, so it has problably thrown the soil pH off a little which is why the grass burned and died. 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. 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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