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    Default Re: Bully friendly way to get the grass growing again in the backyard

    Congrats on the house Jamelyn! I wish i had advice on the backyard, but we have a much different reason why grass refuses to grow in our backyard - no sunlight and no access to water because of the million year old trees back here.

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    Default Re: Bully friendly way to get the grass growing again in the backyard

    You could always work on one side of he yard at a time. Spray a weed killer and after the weeds are gone apply grass seed. In a few weeks do the other side. I know that there is commercial grade seed that can put up with a lot.

    We have 2 1/2 acres and Pan uses the majority back half to do his business, so we don't have an issue with him killing the grass. However he has been known to graze on my flowers...
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    Default Re: Bully friendly way to get the grass growing again in the backyard

    You can add 1 Tbsp ofapple cider vinegar to your dogs drinking water everyday, it helps to balance the Ph levels in the body, among many other benefits, so it will reduce or eliminate the yellow grass stains on the lawn.
    LEARN A LESSON FROM YOUR DOG, NO MATTER WHAT LIFE BRINGS YOU, KICK SOME GRASS OVER THAT AND MOVE ON.

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    Default Re: Bully friendly way to get the grass growing again in the backyard

    @savemejeebus don't be embarrassed, had I seen this tread I wouldn't have started one of my own about this same issue. Well, similar issue I should say. I need help with my front yard.

    Although articles are great, who's got time to read them when we're all on here all the time? Just give some suggestions of what you've tried that worked....I think that'll do it. Guideance

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    Default Re: Bully friendly way to get the grass growing again in the backyard

    Since this post is alive again, let me share what I decided to do with the dog yard this summer and it's going GREAT so far. Let me preface this with the following:
    the front half of the yard is sloped and very wet and when it rains a great deal *this is Seattle* gets MUDDY in spots. While the back half of the dog's yard is dry and difficult to cultivate due to many years of mature shrubs and their roots. 4000 kinds of grass is growing back there because I've patched it with every grass seed patching kit in on the market. Last year, I top dressed the entire area with peat moss and chicken manure and saw some improvement. I have tried every single ground cover I can find for my area and I've not yet found one that can swim.

    This year is going to be the year for an awesome doggie yard, I think. Here's what I did: top dress with composted chicken manure (no chemicals here). When it started to warm up, I planted WHITE FLOWERED CLOVER in the bare spots. I decided, if I can't have a totally green doggie yard, I'm going to have a totally green doggie MEADOW. I found clover seed by accident at Home Depot and its coming up (so far) all over out there -- even in the dry spots on the other end of the yard. My neighbor helped me chainsaw down these sickly bush trees at the dry end so now there's more area for the doggie pool too. I've been hand cutting it -- I know, crazy - with a grass clippers because the terrain is so uneven and I don't want to clip it short yet as there's too many bare spots still with baby clovers popping up.

    Is it too much to ask, to have nice, soft green grass -- without mud -- for my precious angels to lounge in this summer while they play in the dog pool? I mean, seriously!

    -p4150034-jpg <== behind them, the Dog Yard.

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    Default Re: Bully friendly way to get the grass growing again in the backyard

    I really appreciate this information. Mabel always pees in the same area. I was thinking we need to come up with something for that space.




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    Default Re: Bully friendly way to get the grass growing again in the backyard

    If your going to try this with the dogs still there then sod or sprigging would probably be best depending on the grass type you plant, if you wait until you move to try and repair then I would till the entire yard and drag it then seed it.

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    Default Re: Bully friendly way to get the grass growing again in the backyard

    On a side note I will probably try and do some grass planting this week in the fenced in area of my back yard where I pulled up my ornamental garden. Seeding would probably not work because the dog will be in and out of the dirt too much for the seed to get established, so what I plan to do is edge around my drive and a few other areas where I don't need grass and replant the springs or runners in the bare areas where I dug up the garden and keep watered and try to keep the dog from digging it up. I have centipede grass and given time and water it will produce runners and cover the area.

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