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Replacing dog urine soaked lawn

Discussion in 'Landscape Architecture and Design' started by driggy, Apr 17, 2004.

  1. driggy

    driggy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    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.
  2. jaybird24

    jaybird24 LawnSite Senior Member
    from midwest
    Messages: 623

    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.
  3. grassredneck

    grassredneck LawnSite Member
    Messages: 150

    Also, have the homeowners switch the dog(s) to a dry food which will result in much less damaging urine
  4. AGLA

    AGLA LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,776

    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.
  5. NCSULandscaper

    NCSULandscaper Banned
    Messages: 1,557

    replace the area with somethin besides grass, because the dogs will continue to go back there.
  6. driggy

    driggy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 20

    Thanks for the input, about how much lime per 1000sq.
  7. bobbygedd

    bobbygedd LawnSite Fanatic
    from NJ
    Messages: 10,178

    dog urine causes salt, not acid. try gypsum, and lots of water.
  8. LB Landscaping

    LB Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 1,309

    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.
  9. gene gls

    gene gls LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,213

    Pet owners can buy pills at a pet store that will netrulize the urine to lessen the severity of the spots on lawns.

  10. heritage

    heritage LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,358

    Gypsum @ 30-50 lbs per 1000Ft2

    Pete D.

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