We love our lawns and we love our dogs but often the two of them don’t love each other. Dogs, despite being ‘man’s best friend’ can be a nightmare for what they leave behind on our lawns. Urine and faeces (if not removed quickly) can cause bald spots to appear on lawns. This is due to a combination of the ammonia in the urine and the faeces blocking water, sunshine and oxygen causing the lawn beneath to die.
So if you have some bald spots in your lawn caused by a four-legged friend, we have the tips to help you to fix them.
- Use the back of a metal rake to remove any dead grass – it should come away quite easily;
- Add some lime to the bald spots to help realign the pH level of the soil below. Lime will not burn your lawn or your skin but ensure that you wear gloves, a mask and eye protection just for added safety;
- Cover with new soil to the level or slightly above the level of the other parts of the lawn;
- Apply fertiliser to the entire area to give the surrounding grass a boost and to stimulate growth. Ensure the bald spots receive their share to ensure the soil has the nutrients to encourage new growth;
- Water in the fertiliser thoroughly;
- Fence off the area containing the bald spots to stop any traffic (two and four leg) while the new grass is growing.
This method will only help if the bald spots are fairly small and surrounded by healthy grass plants. If your dog has caused damage to large section of your lawn, relaying of sections of turf may be required. Contact the Daleys Turf team today to find out more.
For the future health of your lawn it might be worth considering either a designated ‘toilet area’ or a product such as Dog Rocks to avoid this happening again throughout your lawn.