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Old 04-08-2016, 04:34 PM   #1
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My grass is pitiful


Ok, I'm kind of embarrassed to show you my grass, but it is what it is.
Other than water, how do I get my grass green or healthy.
The brown spots are where my Great Dane urinates. I understand what that does, but the majority of my grass just doesn't look good.
I'm in Dallas, tx.
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Ok, I'm kind of embarrassed to show you my grass, but it is what it is.
Other than water, how do I get my grass green or healthy.
The brown spots are where my Great Dane urinates. I understand what that does, but the majority of my grass just doesn't look good.
I'm in Dallas, tx.
Thanks.
I love to grow grass. . .Is that with watering? I'm a firm believer in testing the soil. There are inexpensive kits in hardware stores. Then you replace the nitrogen that's usually missing, adjust the pH, etc. If you can compost, it helps to create more soil. Most yards have depleted, washed out soil.
Too much water can also kill grass.

Is your dog female? Fixed? Can you train her to pee in other spots?

If you determine what grass you have, or want, you can buy seed for the bare spots. If you scatter it a couple weeks after fertilizing, and after mowing, wait two weeks to mow & you should have beautiful lush grass. Although, new seed requires short watering, several times a day at first.

For a whole new lawn ( which IMO you don't need) roto-tilling, raking, rolling, fertilizing, then seeding works well.

Check your climate zone before you use Bermuda grass, which will die over a cold winter.

Pennington brand has coated seeds, so birds don't eat them.

I'm envious.

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Old 04-08-2016, 07:09 PM   #3
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This is my first season in the home as I bought it in Dec.
I'll get a kit and test the soil.
I do know that the soil is not more than a few inches deep on top of limestone.....
There are outcrops of the stone in the adjoining woods and I can't get my bird feeder metal post more than a few inches deep.
My dane is old and neutered.
He can pee where he want's as long as it is outside, hahaha.
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Found a rather long but good write up on dog urine

http://aggie-horticulture.tamu.edu/a..._problems.html

Btw, of course, test the soil away from the nitrogen-rich dog urine area :}
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My dane is old and neutered.
He can pee where he want's as long as it is outside, hahaha.
How about a garden fire hydrant
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Here's my tip with the dog pee... buy a watering can (or you can use a hose) and keep it filled then, whenever your dog pees, immediately water that spot. This is the only thing that's worked for me! You have to dilute the nitrogen, salts...etc in the dog pee and watering it down is the best way.

Good luck!

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For urine spots, try looking for treats that help reduce the effects of urine burn. They run about $10 and last about a month. I've used them before (usually just over the winter months) and it's fantastic. No spots come spring time.

As far as lawn goes. A soil test is where to start. Although, you could search 4 or 5 step programs online and get a pretty good idea what to do and when to apply fertilizer.
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