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May 20, 2018 1:21 PM CST
Fremont, CA
I live in Northern California (USDA hardiness zone 9b), and the small patch of grass in my back yard is dying and won't seem to recover. Here are some details:

- Our lawn sprinklers run 4x a week for 2 minutes in the morning

- Ive tried re-seeding the lawn with Scott's brand seed and fertilizer, but it seems to be getting worse

- I try to mow the lawn once every 2 weeks, but sometimes I get lazy

- We have a small dog and she pees on the grass which has definitely caused it to die in patches

- When we bought the house 3 years ago, the grass was beautiful. Its gotten worse over the years.

- What am I doing wrong (besides everything:). Id like to avoid having to spend thousands of dollars re-sodding the lawn


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May 20, 2018 1:34 PM CST
Name: Sue
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Welcome!

Two minutes of watering isn't even close to being enough for a lawn even four times a week. Watering more would also help with the dog pee, but if you're out there with her maybe throw a bucket of water on the pee to dilute it when you see her go.

A rule of thumb, and I don't know if it also applies in your climate, is to water about an inch a week unless it rains that much. You can place a open topped tin can or something under the sprinkler to see how much you have watered.
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