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Is Your Dog Destroying Your Lawn?

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Our four-legged friends steal our hearts, but they sure can wreak havoc on a yard and outdoor living space. Yellow patches, holes and damaged flower gardens are common problems dog owners deal with every day. Fortunately, there are solutions that don’t involve keeping your rambunctious pup indoors.

Your Dog’s Restroom

When it comes to fecal and urine waste, too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. Nitrogen is essential to grass growth and is a major contributor to the chlorophyll and green coloration in plants. However, too much quick-release nitrogen can cause burning of the leaf tissue and plant death. When this happens, the grass loses its green color and becomes yellow.

A dog’s waste is naturally high in nitrogen and can over-saturate patches of grass the same way fertilizer might. You’ll find female dogs will most commonly create these problems in your yard because they prefer to stay in one spot when they urinate. To remedy this, you’ll want to dilute the urine concentration. Watering down the area after the dog has urinated will help wash the nitrogen deeper into the soil, allowing it to pass through the top layer, resulting in less damage to the grass and grass root area.

Fall is a great time to do your soil sample. Whether you are preparing to watch your lawn hibernate or watch your broccoli grow, a soil sample will help guide you now in the short term and even begin to prepare you to plan for your next growing season – spring. If you’re interested in a quick and easy, professional soil sample, go to soilkit

Christina McInnis: Soil Kit Blogger

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Article re-posted from blog.soilkit.com – by Christina McInnis
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Stephanie Fleming was raised at Behnke’s Nurseries in Beltsville. Her Mom, Sonja, was one of Albert & Rose Behnke’s four children. She was weeding from the moment she could walk and hiding as soon as she was old enough to run, so many weeds, so little time. Although she quickly learned how to pull out a perennial and get taken off of weed pulling duty.

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