How to fix a lawn damaged by dog urine

  • Step 1 Image credit: Thea Morris/Time With Thea
  • Step 2 Image credit: Thea Morris/Time With Thea
  • Step 2 Image credit: Thea Morris/Time With Thea
  • Step 3 Image credit: Thea Morris/Time With Thea
Date:30 August 2016 Tags:, , , , ,


Your four-legged family friend probably loves your lawn more than you do. Must be because your lawn serves as his play area, bedroom and bathroom simultaneously. Unfortunately the lush green lawn is often marked with the brown “bathroom” spots that Fido takes a particular liking to. Thea Morris, a blogger from Hometalk, shows the secret behind fixing your lawn in six weeks.

Thea writes: “For several years I researched and read all kinds of information about how to prevent urine burned grass from occurring thanks to Duke but have not found anything that was doable and 100% successful. So I shifted my thinking and efforts from prevention to spending some time to repairing the burned areas every spring.

“I am fortunate to have a best friend who is a horticulturist. With her guidance and with my trial and error experiments over the years I have come up with a system that totally repairs those nasty stained areas. It is possible to have gorgeous lush green grass again!”

Step-by-step lawn guide

Step 1: Scrape away and remove the dead dry grass as much as possible. This is an image of how severely damaged the area was.

Step 2: Sprinkle the area with extra fine grind limestone. I bought mine quite inexpensively at a wholesale landscaping company that caters to professional landscapers and golf courses.

Gently water the area to help soak the limestone into the soil. This natural mineral product neutralizes the acidity in the soil. Let is sit for about a week.

Step 3: Cover the area evenly with quality top soil and liberally sprinkle with grass seed. I just used my hand to do the job and gently patted the seed down.

Immediately afterwards soak the newly seeded area with water. But only use a light sprinkle flow from the garden hose or a large watering can. You do not want the seeds to wash away. Do this daily for the next couple of weeks unless you have rainy days.

It takes about six weeks for the burned grass area to look healthy again and a few more to look nice and lush where I live. It may vary for you depending on your climate and soil conditions.

“I used this system for about ten years. I had a couple of years where the seed did not take so did a reseeding and covered the area with peat moss which is readily available in my area.

“You will notice in the before photo I had to repair a very large burned area from Duke’s urine. We had one like this in the front yard and in the backyard. I explain in the original blog post why this happened and I share the story of our lovely pet who is no longer with us. I also provide more photos and detailed instructions to help you repair your burned grassy areas due to dog urine.”

IMPORTANT: Make sure the limestone you use comes from a reputable source and won’t be damaging to your dog’s paws.

Source: Time with Thea via Popular Mechanics USA


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