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Fixing Grass that dog peed on

dogmelissa
May 19th, 2005, 12:15 AM
Alright... we've all seen it, and/or been the cause of it. My doggie peed on the grass and now the grass isn't growing. So, because this is a condo, I know that I'm going to have to fix the grass (best I can) or get a fine. Unfortunately for me, this is my first home AND my first dog, so I don't have the luxury of experience or trial & error to figure this out. I need an efficient, effective (preferably fool-proof) method to fix grass, without tearing it up and replacing it. Not sure if seeding would do any good, as it's sod that was laid down last fall and probably isn't even rooted into the soil yet.

So any solutions/thoughts/suggestions are greatly appreciated.
Melissa

PS: I live very near to Calgary, so I'm not sure if Eastern Canada fixes would work, but I may try! Calgary & area solutions preferred.

Cactus Flower
May 19th, 2005, 12:29 AM
Green spray paint? :p

Sorry, wish I could help.

Joey.E.CockersMommy
May 19th, 2005, 01:02 AM
There is actually spray paint for grass but the color is a bit off. I believe its actually supposed to fix the grass to. It worked alright but not great in my opinion. I believe I got it at Canadian tire, but not positive as it was a long time ago. Good luck. :D

nymph
May 19th, 2005, 10:24 AM
Get some quality sod from local nurseries, they are like a buck for a roll, and usually on special on Victoria's Day.

raingirl
May 19th, 2005, 03:09 PM
Go and get some really good black earth or compost or topsoil (really dark stuff). Put a layer over where the grass is dead and seed it with 100% kentucky blue grass seed if you can find it. Our local nursery sells a mix of seed that is 40% blue grass...but I can special order 100% if I want. It is the hardiest and best grass for most of Canada (it's what is used in most golf courses as it is thick at the ground level, but it is also what grows wild on most of the plains).

The other option is to cut out the dead area and put in more sod.

Seeding would be better and will work right now really well if you start it ASAP.

Also...if you have birds and such that like to eat the seeds, get some sticks and rope, and put them around the area, like a small fence, then put some CLEAR plastic over top, like a mini green house. Make the plastic about 2 inchs above the grass so the birds can't get under it. Take it off around lunch time, and put it on again at dusk..this prevents morning birds from eating the seed and helps them germinate faster.

Also make sure the soil doesn't dry out at all. It must stay moist for the seed to germinate.

dogmelissa
May 19th, 2005, 10:07 PM
All--okay, maybe not the spray paint--very good suggestions. However, what I was hoping for is an experienced person who might have tried that "grass repair" liquid I've seen at Petsmart. Something like this: http://www.petsmart.com/global/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=84552444178 2068&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302033165&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=2534374302023689&CONTENT%3C%3Ecnt_id=10134198673332970&bmUID=1116554640393
(apologies for length of link!)

If not, I think I'm going to try the patch kit: http://www.petsmart.com/global/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=84552444180 7485&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302033165&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=2534374302023689&CONTENT%3C%3Ecnt_id=10134198673332970&bmUID=1116554640380

Since my dog is no longer peeing on the grass, I don't need to give him any supplements to keep his urine from yellowing it--which I'm sure won't work anyhow as the main problem is the acid in urine and if there's no acid, how is his body flushing itself?!?!!

If this doesn't work, I will just tear up the sod and put new stuff down. Seems the simplest solution, but I'm worried because there are underground sprinklers and I don't want to cut the lines, or they'll KILL me!!!!
Thanks!
Melissa

nymph
May 20th, 2005, 09:43 AM
I've just heard this rumor that only female dogs' urine kills the grass, is there any scientific evidence to support this?

Schwinn
May 20th, 2005, 09:50 AM
I don't think so. As a matter of fact, Daisy's never killed any of the grass at the houses we've lived. Not with that end, anyway.

nymph
May 20th, 2005, 09:53 AM
http://www.petsmart.com/global/product_detail.jsp?PRODUCT%3C%3Eprd_id=84552444178 2068&FOLDER%3C%3Efolder_id=2534374302033165&ASSORTMENT%3C%3East_id=2534374302023689&CONTENT%3C%3Ecnt_id=10134198673332970&bmUID=1116554640393
(apologies for length of link!)

Melissa: if you are going to try the repair liquid, why not just water down the yellow spots? The patch kit worked for me, but I don't think it's anything special, just a tough grass seed and mulch, only nicely packaged and overpriced. I'm going to take raingirl's advice since she's a professional landscaper, use the Kentucky blue grass seed and maybe some compost.

We are actually encouraged by the city of Ottawa to make our own compost, I get all sort of city flyers about this, but the idea of stuff stinking in my backyard is not very appealing to me.

jjgeonerd
May 20th, 2005, 01:21 PM
I've just heard this rumor that only female dogs' urine kills the grass, is there any scientific evidence to support this?

I'm not sure about scientific evidence, but my back lawn has a few circular brown spots where Gabby pees. I believe it.

Eleni
May 20th, 2005, 01:44 PM
male dogs cause the spots too.
my brothers dog has a spot on his lawn thats brown its his only pee spot


Eleni

jjgeonerd
May 20th, 2005, 07:50 PM
male dogs cause the spots too.
my brothers dog has a spot on his lawn thats brown its his only pee spot


Eleni

True...I don't think its a gender thing...just that female dogs usually squat and pee on the ground, while male dogs usually lift their leg and pee on something. Of course...my parent's female dog lifts its legs, so you never know! :rolleyes:

kandy
May 21st, 2005, 03:33 PM
If you have to replace that section of sod I wouldn't worry about the sprinkler lines - they should be buried well below the level you would have to dig at. I've never used the stuff you put in their food, so I don't know about that. Good Luck!