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Cust. wants sod where dogs run !?!?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by ffemtmcd, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. ffemtmcd

    ffemtmcd LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 532

    Customer called and wants me to sod where the dogs have run a path around his fence. I asked if he still has the dogs (3) and he said "Of course!". I tried to explain that there's really nothing that I know of to fix the problem for good without the dogs running it back down.

    Any ideas?? :confused:

    I would hate to charge him for something that's not gonna stay - I will if he insists though. Thanks in advance for the help!
     
  2. dKoester

    dKoester LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,231

    We put sod down on a yard and this ladys' dog ruined it with urine. Spots everywhere.
     
  3. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    Find an uncultivated area that has returned to an indeginous or naturalized grass.
    Rent a sod cutter and cut a thick root zone for the amount you need.

    Place it without a guarantee. Have then irrigate everyday about midmorning to wash the urine. Maybe again midafternoon. Apply sugar after everymowing and leave the clippings.

    So far that is the best that has been devised. Dogs and grass is a waste of time , even if - they have a large running area.
     
  4. DA Quality Lawn & YS

    DA Quality Lawn & YS LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,843

    smallaxe has a good plan. Fully explain ramifications of re soddding a doggie-run.
    No guarantee. If the customer insists, do the job in a quality manner. Then watch as the customer wastes his/her money.......(of course you told them this would be the case)

    You can't have a dog and grass coexist - pick one or the other.
     
  5. Barefoot James

    Barefoot James LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 984

    Use synthetic turf. Make a dog track.
     
  6. ForeverLawn.at.the.Shore

    ForeverLawn.at.the.Shore LawnSite Member
    Posts: 6

    ForeverLawn has a a synthetic turf made for dogs. k9grass.com
     
  7. tombo82685

    tombo82685 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 288

    the dog traffic and dog urine is going to do a number on the turf from the repeated wear and the dead urin spots from high salinity in the urine. If you want to try something im not sure if they sell bermudagrass sod down in kansas since im not from the area, but that would be the best bet. Bermudagrass is very vigorous with growth and heals very quickly, excellent for high traffic do to the stolons and rhizomes.
     
  8. Smallaxe

    Smallaxe LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 10,081

    I think you just did. :)

    I tend to think in the long run, some sort of astroturf would be the cheapest option - with or without dogs!?!?? Monthly isntallments for 30 years of grass?
    ... But then we are all out of a job.
     
  9. HTLawnCare

    HTLawnCare LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    you've allready given him your disclaimer. Its not your money... sod away. Come back in a month and sod again. haha
     
  10. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,765

    If he insists on sod, be sure to keep to vigor up. Use irrigation and fertilize heavily, (charging accordingly) so that it has the fastest recuperative potential possible. Aerate and add seed often, (and charge accordingly). Use a top quality, wear resistant, vigorous, high-rhizome-type Kentucky bluegrass --like "Limousine", (and charge accordingly). For faster germination, also add a top quality dark green rye like "Zoom". Of course the urine spots will add excess fert in small spots.

    Also, force the dogs to spread out the damage path. Place a lot of lawn chairs, picnic tables, bicycles and other obstructions in the path so they will have have to avoid the obstacles. Or...fence so that they will run on the left side during odd numbered weeks, giving the turf on the right side time to recover. Easier to use a radio fence system--moving the wire as needed. And maybe block their view--so they can't see the mail carrier to bark at. Build fence or plant bushes (and charge accordingly). If necessary--lay paving stones so a small path of concrete stones absorbs most of the punishment. Or...use one of the plastic egg crates sports turf stabilization systems. So the grass grows in between, but the plastic absorbs any excess wear.
     

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