Grass Fertilizers - Knowledgebase Question

Portland, Or
Question by NeonRider28
February 28, 2010
We just got a dog and we need to know what we can use on the grass and plants to keep them healthy without harming the dog.


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Answer from NGA
February 28, 2010

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If you are referring to fertilizers, anything organic will be safe and most chemical fertilizers suggest you keep children and pets off the area for 24 hours (be sure to read the label and follow the directions). If you're concerned about dog spots in the lawn, you can fix the dead spots, but it's difficult to avoid having dead spots due to pet urine. The salts in urine kill off the grass so you'll need to flood the spots to leach out the salts, then rake out the dead grass and over-seed with new grass seed. The seed should germinate in 7-10 days. As for keeping new dead areas from forming, about the only course of action is to hose the area off as soon as your pet urinates. This will dilute the urine and keep it from killing the grass. Some pet stores sell dietary supplements that are supposed to neutralize the urine. You might check into those. Best wishes with your new dog!

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