Uh-oh, your once lush, green lawn has gone to the dogs. Literally.
Usually, as creatures of habit, pets tend to choose the same spots in which to relieve themselves, causing a problem for your lawn: round yellow or brown spots, usually called burns
. These spots are caused by high nitrogen content and concentration in pet waste.
The bad news is that lawn burns cannot be fixed overnight without cutting them out and replacing that section of lawn. But the good news is that in just one day, you can make a big difference in repairing your lawn and preventing future burns from occurring.
Replace the Dead Grass
First, purchase some soil and soil activator
from a local nursery or home improvement store with a garden center. Soil activator helps aerate the soil and activate the lawn's nutrients, stimulating better growth. (Like hair conditioner, but for your lawn.) You can also order soil activator online if you are looking specifically for a green
or organic brand
. Also, be sure that you have some grass seed
on hand. You will also need a trowel
or shovel (for larger areas) and a rake
or handheld claw tool
1. Remove the dead clumps of grass
with a trowel or shovel and loosen up the soil with a claw tool. Spread the soil activator into the affected area and rake thoroughly.
2. Apply soil to the bare area
and sprinkle some grass seed. Rake the area gently.
3. Flush the area with water,
and then water frequently over the next few days. But be careful not to over-water (if the water starts to pool without being absorbed, you're likely over-watering). Also, try to prevent your pet from urinating in that area.
4. While you wait for the new grass to sprout, consider also adding a product
like Dog Spot Eliminator
or Dog Urine Grass Protector
. Both of these products are eco-friendly and will help cut down on the spotting.
- If your dog tends to urinate in one specific area, water that area down to dilute and distribute the urine right after he's done his business.
- Avoid using a nitrogen-based fertilizer.
- Check your pet's diet for any type of food that might be exacerbating the problem and discuss it with your veterinarian.
- Create a small, gravel or wood chip area for your pet and train it to use that space.