Has man’s best friend done a number on your yard, specifically to your lawn? Dogs are a great addition to any home but these playful pooches can be tough on your grass. We’re not talking about digging (although that is annoying), we are talking about the brown spots in your lawn after your dog does its…business, ahem.
But don’t give up on your four-legged buddy just yet. We have some great tips for rejuvenating your lawn and keep it looking great. This method will actually work great for any lawn problems that you have when parts of your lawn die.
First off, take a wide lawn rake and gently rake over the area, removing as much dead grass as you can. Next you’ll want to erect a barrier around the area you’re trying to resurrect. Some simple wooden stakes with some string wrapped around it provides an easy and quick fence. Once the area has been cleaned up and the protective barrier is around it, it’s time to restart the growing process. Start by spreading a layer of fine ground limestone over the dead area. The limestone helps to condition the soil and lowers the acidity so your grass can begin to flourish again. Plants grown in less than ideal soil have less developed roots and are more susceptible to disease.
After the limestone is down, gently water the area which helps the soil absorb the limestone. Watch it for about a week, watering occasionally. Next you’ll want to take some soil or peat moss and spread it over the dead area. Sprinkle the grass seeds liberally over the top of it and gently water the dirt, making sure not to wash the seeds away.
Be sure to watch your lawn carefully for a few weeks, making sure to keep the dirt wet so the seeds can germinate and start to grow. Once the grass is established and blends in with the surrounding grass, it’s safe to take the temporary fence down.
Although it’s a time-consuming process, this is a great way to keep your lawn looking so good, people won’t even realize you have a dog.