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    We bought a house that won't be built until next year, and my wonderful parents are letting us stay at their house for the time being to save some much needed moolah. I must say that having a backyard is so fantastic. We've discovered that Stigs likes to roam around and smell everything while Punks just does his business, right beside the steps , and runs back in the house. They're so different in so many ways. lol.

    As a way to say thank you, I'd like to get the grass growing again. It's literally full of weeds. My dad takes care of the front yard as he has a small garden there. They've never really held backyard parties, so it's a whole different ball game in that area. I know that my dad has tried, but gave up. What's the quickest and bully-safest way to get rid of the weeds? Although I'd love to pull them all out, there's just so many that it's going to take forever to do. My co-worker told me that once all the weeds are gone, I should fertilize the whole area once a week with a very thin layer and the grass should grow back quickly.

    What's your sure-fire method?
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    Grass? What's that? LOL

    Bullies, well, HRH anyway, has really strong urine. Everywhere she would pee our grass, when we had some, would die in days. Other than rototilling it all up and starting over I don't know.... Take a pic for us so we can see how bad it is.

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

    http://www.ehow.com/how_6554077_stop...ing-grass.html

    http://www.allaboutlawns.com/lawn-ma...ng-my-lawn.php

    http://dogs.about.com/od/faqs/f/Why-...s-On-Grass.htm

    There are a zillion articles out there on the subject. LOL Sounds like the easiest way to help prevent it is as soon as the dog pees,,, flush the spot with water. And, the more water the dog drinks the less burning you will have.

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

    Will do when I get home. I should be embarrassed, but I figured we share everything on this site anyways. lol.

    Been spraying water over the parts where they do pee with water, as someone mentioned here. Something about diluting the nitrogen will help the grass from turning yellow. Hopefully it works.
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    Thanks Bruce. Will try out some of the tips. Figured it'll be a fun project since Stig likes to stay outside for a bit. Maybe he can even play with his jolly there. Wonder if the neighbours will mind a barking bully as an alarm clock on Saturday mornings.
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    Default Re: Bully friendly way to get the grass growing again in the backyard

    I just wanted to say, Congratulations on your new house! that's really exciting!! It's so nice to have a yard to just let the boys out, isn't it?

    now about that weedy grass...i have that situation in some patches of my backyard too. I think my gardener said that area would just have to be replaced (once all the weed is pulled out), with new grass or sod. Sorry, don't have much to offer here but congrats again on your upcoming home!!




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

    Man I tell you weeds do suck; and to get rid of them once they have spread like wildfire is nearly impossible.
    The weed & feed granules will usually kill the good grass and feed the weeds!

    I don't know the size of the backyard but your best bet it to take a hoe to all the bad areas and leave it bare. Then buy some new sod (usually about $1.50 a square sized 1.5 x 2ft)
    and just lay them down and water frequently until the new sod grabs.

    good luck...

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    @Jack Daniels - I'm thinking that's the easiest way too. There's not much grass left anyways, and I'm sure my dad will appreciate the end results, even when all he'll see is sod patches for the next few weeks. How often should I water after sodding?

    @cali baker - I absolute love it! Right when we get up in the morning or get home from work, it's straight to the yard they go! So much less work than preparing them for a quick walk. Stig learned the word "backyard" too and would run to the sliding doors as soon as hears it.
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    When we bought our house in Nov. it was a short sale, so it had sat for almost 2 years unattended. Our grass was more weeds than grass. We hired a company to come in and dig up our whole front yard and lay fresh sod. After that expense, and it was, we had to water every day, again very expensive our front yard finally looks nice. Our backyard is a disaster and will remain that way for a while, we know how much it was just to do the front. Good thing it is fenced in with a privacy fence!

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    Quote Originally Posted by savemejeebus View Post
    @Jack Daniels - I'm thinking that's the easiest way too. There's not much grass left anyways, and I'm sure my dad will appreciate the end results, even when all he'll see is sod patches for the next few weeks. How often should I water after sodding?
    the word "backyard" too and would run to the sliding doors as soon as hears it.
    You'll need to water daily for at least the first week.Then every other day for about another week. Early morning before sun comes up is best. Or Late evening... Never ever ever water your lawn during peak Sunlight hours because although you may feel you are quenching the lawn's thirst, you are actually burning it.!

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

    Being an old farm boy this is the best and fastest way to do it.

    Spray the whole area with Round Up. Round Up is a pretty safe chemical. The next day work the whole area up with a tiller etc. then level the area and pack it. Next I would simply put down sod (turf). Voila whole new back yard. Can literally be done in 2 days. We have a area around our backyard that is small rocks and one with sand. We train our dogs to go there and not on the lawn. Works sometimes!

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

    I have struggled with the dog's yard grass for going on four years. I garden organically so no chemicals -- outside of liquid fertilizer. There are a variety of problems out there and dog pee only exacerbates the other issues of; clay dirt, sloping yard, very wet on one end, very dry on the other, crappy grass, etc. etc. I've reseeded, I've fertilized, I've mulched, I've peat mossed, I've applied manure and compost....still ain't great.

    I've determined that four years ago, I should have hired a bobcat guy to dig it up and level it, amend the soil and resod. It would have been cheaper. ha ha

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