Register free!
Search
 
     

Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 04-04-2011, 09:45 AM
ozd12005's Avatar
ozd12005 ozd12005 is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: middle of the earth
Posts: 341
Gypsum

So we had a party yesterday and a distant relative who is just starting in the business tried to talk my ear off all day about the great text book knowledge he has. At one point in the conversation he started talking about putting Gypsum down to rid of yellow spots from dog urine, never heard of that before and was wondering if anyone has tried it and what the results were? Hate to think I could learn something off a snot nose kid that has had everything handed to him but maybe this old dog can learn a new trick. Lets hear some feed back on this gypsum
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 04-04-2011, 02:38 PM
GreenI.A.'s Avatar
GreenI.A. GreenI.A. is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: North East
Posts: 2,081
I've heard it aswell. I worked for 5 years for one of the distributors and lots of customers would come in asking for gypsoum for that reason. Mostly homeowners who heard it on a radio garden show or tv. I have not seen anything documenting that gypsum will repair the damage caused by the urine
__________________
Why do people not respect us as they do other tradesmen? Because every Tom, Dick, and Harry doesn't think he can be a plumber or electrician!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 04-04-2011, 09:02 PM
Leo the Landscaper Leo the Landscaper is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2011
Location: Cleveland, Ohio
Posts: 116
I am going to go out on a limb and say maybe it helps with the excess salt in the form of Sodium Chloride that is in urine? Gypsum is routinely used to flush sodium from sodic/dispersed soils.

However, I don't think it is the Sodium Chloride that does the buring of the turf, that would be the high concentration of urea.

So in a theoretical sense gypsum can alleviate some of the negatives caused by dog pee. But so will water!
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 04-05-2011, 12:09 AM
DA Quality Lawn & YS's Avatar
DA Quality Lawn & YS DA Quality Lawn & YS is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Rochester, MN
Posts: 7,954
Gypsum is used to condition the soil.
As far as treating dog wizz, ??
I always find treating wizz spots humorous. People treat some spots, pat themselves on the back at the renovation job they did, meanwhile their mutt wizz'es another 10 spots right next to the other ones. Lose/lose proposition.
I have always said, you can either have a good dog, or a good lawn. Not both.
__________________
7x14 Stealth SE Enclosed with 48" side ramp
08 Toro Z400 48" deck, 21HP Kaw with EZ Vac twin bag
09 Exmark Turf Tracer HP 36"
21" Toro SR4 Super Recycler
Stihl KM90 Kombi w/ straight shaft trimmer & tiller heads
Husqvarna 125B Blower
PG Magnum
Turfco XT5 Aerator
Turfco LS-22 Overseeder
EcoLawn 200 Applicator

I can do all things through Him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 04-05-2011, 11:56 AM
GreenI.A.'s Avatar
GreenI.A. GreenI.A. is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: North East
Posts: 2,081
Or you just train your dog not to pee on the lawn, or atleast to only do so in one particular spot. During the warmer months my dog drinks well over 5 gallons a day, you can bet your a$$ he's trained to not pee on the lawn
__________________
Why do people not respect us as they do other tradesmen? Because every Tom, Dick, and Harry doesn't think he can be a plumber or electrician!
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 04-05-2011, 02:40 PM
phasthound's Avatar
phasthound phasthound is offline
LawnSite Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Mt. Laurel, NJ
Posts: 4,059
Quote:
Originally Posted by GreenIndustryAssociates View Post
Or you just train your dog not to pee on the lawn, or atleast to only do so in one particular spot. During the warmer months my dog drinks well over 5 gallons a day, you can bet your a$$ he's trained to not pee on the lawn
One dog drinks 5 gallons a day!?!
__________________
Barry Draycott

The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 04-05-2011, 05:21 PM
jbturf jbturf is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: groton, MA
Posts: 1,304
i think the real problem is if a customers expectation is
that after gypsum is applied to a dead pee circle, that the
grass will miraculously come back to life


and yah, i wouldnt ever want to piss off greenindustries dog
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 04-05-2011, 06:15 PM
phasthound's Avatar
phasthound phasthound is offline
LawnSite Platinum Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Mt. Laurel, NJ
Posts: 4,059
Quote:
Originally Posted by jbturf View Post

and yah, i wouldnt ever want to piss off greenindustries dog
It's better to be pissed off than pissed on.
__________________
Barry Draycott

The nation that destroys its soil destroys itself.
Franklin D. Roosevelt
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 04-05-2011, 06:30 PM
GreenI.A.'s Avatar
GreenI.A. GreenI.A. is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: North East
Posts: 2,081
Quote:
Originally Posted by jbturf View Post
i think the real problem is if a customers expectation is
that after gypsum is applied to a dead pee circle, that the
grass will miraculously come back to life


and yah, i wouldnt ever want to piss off greenindustries dog

180lb Newfoundland who insists on staying outside all day weather its 5 degrees or 95 degrees.

From the research i've done on gypsum it looks more like it is just simply conditioning the soil which in turn yields a better turf, and not that it brakes down the urine
__________________
Why do people not respect us as they do other tradesmen? Because every Tom, Dick, and Harry doesn't think he can be a plumber or electrician!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 03-09-2013, 11:12 PM
CJFDFF CJFDFF is offline
LawnSite Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2011
Location: Bowling Green, Ohio
Posts: 20
As far as using gypsum, I have been using it on all of my yards for about 3 years, 5 years on my own yard and my parents yard. I started using gypsum first on our family farm and have noticed huge improvements, with drainage and with soil structure, and with the high levels of calcium it helps put a stop to broad leaves. I have been told by a great number of turf and ag professors that gypsum will not work unless you have a high sodium level in the soil, but I have the results to prove it dose work and works well. Any how as far as dog spots are concerned, you either have one of two problems, one being the urine is very high in acid, or it has a high sodium concentrate or even worse it has both, combine that with a high concentrate of nitrogen and your going to have a problem. I often treat these spots with a mixture of gypsum and hi-calcium lime and water it in. My customers that insist on have the best lawn, that have dogs get a 5 gal pale of that mixture and are willing to spot treat right after the dog urinates. I have two condo associations that mandate this and keep records of how much mixture is used by each home owner that has a dog. I was a little bit on edge and thought that the home owners would not go for it, but they did and it has been working for me on a lot of my properties.
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 12:28 PM.

Page generated in 0.07938 seconds with 7 queries