How to stop turf damage
- Create an area of your property using mulch or bark where your dog can go to the bathroom. Training your dog to go in one specified area can ensure he or she doesn’t accidently urinate on the turf.
- Use a garden hose to immediately spray down the area. I understand that doing this at 5 or 6 a.m. on a chilly spring of fall morning sounds brutal, but so does paying someone to repair the lawn! This can get very expensive and set your lawn back years.
- Ensure your turf receives enough water and is properly maintained with a regular fertilizing program. This will not completely solve the problem, but it can help slightly minimize damage by trying to mask the impact.
How to repair affected areas
Some damaged areas may…and I emphasize ‘may’…come back on their own, especially if there wasn’t a lot of urine present or it’s a one-time occurance. Historically, however, these areas become weak and die over time. Bare areas eventually emerge, spread, and always become infested with weeds and crabgrass. To repair, remove the affected soil, lay down new loam and reseed.
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