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Yep, you read that right. We are laying sod and digging up dog pee. Every winter, our dogs literally pee at the bottom of our back steps and run right back in the house. I can’t blame them, I would do the same thing if I had to pee outside in 20 degree weather.
Each year, the spot seems to get bigger and bigger. We have a female boxer and a male bullmastiff. Some have said it’s the female urine that wrecks the lawn but I think our male does just as much damage.
We usually end up digging up the nasty area each Spring and spreading grass seed but this year, we decided to lay sod.
Because the only access now to get outside for the dogs is via our back deck door and if we seed that area, we can’t use that door/stairs because they will track the mud and wreck the seeded area.
You see, in the past, we have fenced off that area and would use the basement door in the spring to let the dogs outside. Now that my grandparents are living in the main part of the house, their TV room is located downstairs where the basement door leads outside and we can’t have the dogs running through their TV room a million times a day. Plus, my grandparents have a cat which is a disaster waiting to happen with the dogs.
To get started, we dug up the entire area, removing all the nasty pee soil.
We then spread a thin layer of top soil/loam.
Even the fresh loam looks better than the yellow dead gross area.
We picked up 14 pieces of sod from our local garden store. The sod measured 2′ wide and 5′ long. We only had 1 piece left over which we ended up using in a small area around the pool.
The garden store said to stay off the area for a couple weeks to allow the roots to grow. I set up a sprinkler to hit the area 3x a day to ensure proper growth and to soak any pee that “may” end up on the grass. Now when we put the dogs outside, we have to make sure they don’t “stop and pee” at the bottom of the stairs. Kind of a pain but it’s only for a couple weeks while the new grass roots.
Doesn’t it look so much better? I need to put a fresh coat of paint on the deck and stairs too.
I wish I had trained them to pee in a certain area but I didn’t. Maybe it’s not too late? I don’t know. Has anyone ever trained their adult dogs to go to the bathroom in a certain part of the yard? Send me some tips if you have!
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