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driggy
04-17-2004, 11:20 PM
Would like advice on replacing lawn killed by the family pets, what is the best way to prepare the topsoil, what types of soil amendments should I use to insure proper germination.
Thank You in advance for your input.

jaybird24
04-18-2004, 12:36 AM
If you can dig the first 6" of soil or so out with a skid and then fill and seed like you normally would, that will be best. Another option is to pulverize the affected area, add some topsoil and lime to attempt to neutralize the area and then seed it. Either way your pissing in the wind unless the pets stay off the area. Let the owner know they should spread some lime in those areas after the lawn is good and full to help with this problem. Unfortunately pets and lawns dont mix unless they're goats and helping to mow while they are out there.

grassredneck
04-18-2004, 02:20 AM
Also, have the homeowners switch the dog(s) to a dry food which will result in much less damaging urine

AGLA
04-18-2004, 08:30 AM
Flushing it out with water should do the trick. It is more of a salt burn than an acid thing.

As was said before, they have to keep pets off afterward.

NCSULandscaper
04-18-2004, 02:19 PM
replace the area with somethin besides grass, because the dogs will continue to go back there.

driggy
04-18-2004, 03:35 PM
Thanks for the input, about how much lime per 1000sq.

bobbygedd
04-18-2004, 08:45 PM
dog urine causes salt, not acid. try gypsum, and lots of water.

LB Landscaping
04-18-2004, 09:02 PM
There are pills you can give the dog to nutralize the urine, I give them to my dogs and the work great, no more yellow spots.

gene gls
04-18-2004, 09:05 PM
Pet owners can buy pills at a pet store that will netrulize the urine to lessen the severity of the spots on lawns.

Gene

heritage
04-18-2004, 11:45 PM
driggy,
Gypsum @ 30-50 lbs per 1000Ft2

Pete D.