Repairing Dog Spots on Grass
Have you ever noticed that when your best furry friend goes outside to relieve themselves, they often go in the same place all the time? Well, when this happens the urine can very easily cause damage to your lawn. Over time, this damage will begin to appear as a burned area on the lawn, or at the very least a brown spot. Repairing dog spots on grass is possible, though it will require that you get your hands dirty, and a little bit of effort to prevent it from happening again.
- Dilute the area. Before you can really repair the damaged area, you need to wash the problem away. Turn the hose on and saturate the burn spot on the grass with the water. This helps to dilute the acidic urine that is saturated in the soil. In addition, this also allows you to remove the damaged soil a whole lot easier.
- Dig it out. While not always necessary, this is a good step to ensure that you are able to completely get rid of the troublesome soil. Using either a spade or hand trowel and begin digging out the damaged area of the soil. Dig down to a depth of about six inches and then dispose of the soil properly.
- Prep the soil. Gather together some new topsoil and mix it together with some potting soil This gives you a nice medium that you can use for the seeds that you will soon be planting.
- Seed the soil. Seed the soil that you just placed down. Place enough seeds to turn the soil a nice grey color. This will help ensure that you have enough seed in the area so that at the very least the odds will be on your side that some of the seeds will germinate completely.
- Water the seeds. Water the freshly seeded soil, but be careful when you are doing this. If you apply too much water to the area, you can end up washing away the seeds and undoing all the work that you just completed. Make sure that you water deeply.
- Fertilize and protect. Once you apply the water to the seeds, fertilize the area. This helps to feed the seeds as they grow. You also need to protect the seeds. The easiest way to do this is to cover the area with some hay. This helps keep the area moist, while also protecting the seeds from any birds that may be looking for a snack.
- Keep the soil moist. Periodically check the soil to ensure that it is still moist. If necessary, apply some more water. After about two to three weeks the new grass should begin to pop up. Wait until the grass is a minimum of two to three inches before you cut it again.
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