How To Repair A Road Salt or Dog Urine Damaged Lawn
Lawns can take a beating in the winter, especially in the North. Snow piles up and the ground freezes and thaws for months on end. Add salt damage and it’s a wonder some lawns grow back at all in the spring. When they do come back, many lawns have to contend with dead spots from dog urine, road salt, or even snow mold. We’ve got just the right product to repair and protect your lawn from further damage. Follow our experts’ tips below to get a head start on spring!
3 Tips To Repair a Salt/Urine Damaged Lawn
Remove the Urine and Salt.
Remove any leftover pet waste and check for urine burn spots. If you live in a snowy area, your pet might have used the same areas over and over again to relieve themselves. Dog urine contains a high concentration of nitrogen and salts, and when there is too much urine in the root zone it dehydrates and eventually kills the grass. This is very similar to the “fertilizer burn” that occurs when you over-apply a lawn fertilizer. The way to resolve a fertilizer or dog urine burn, if the grass is not completely dead before you get to it, is to quickly disperse and filter out the excessive nitrogen and salts. Spotless Lawn uses a food grade soil penetrant combined with a bio-active carbon (humic acid) to quickly end the urine toxicity.
Aside from dog burns, Spotless Lawn will help with road and snow salt damage too. Make note of areas that look stressed beyond the usual winter dormancy and make a plan to treat them when the weather warms up!
Repair the Grass.
If you can begin spraying Spotless Lawn before the dog spots are completely dead then you have a chance for the grass to recover. This formula contains numerous trace elements as well as plant hormones (from seaweed) that will help promote rooting and new growth in the yellow grass. And if the grass is already completely dead, Spotless Lawn will help it decompose quickly and stimulate the surrounding grass to fill in quicker. We should note that this filling-in aspect does depend on the type of grass you have in your lawn; if the grass is completely dead and you don’t want to wait, we suggest seeding those areas for quicker fill-in. You can use a grass “patch” product which can be found in all garden shops. It is safe to continue to use Spotless Lawn on and around the new seed.
Protect the Lawn From Further Damage.
When you apply Spotless Lawn according to the directions you will create a healthier, deeper-rooted lawn in an extremely bioactive soil. Numerous beneficial soil microbes will help break down excess nitrogen and convert it into valuable humus. The bio-active carbon will continue to filter and remove toxins and will also buffer acid or alkaline pH problems. The trace elements and plant hormones contained in the product will lead to deeper roots and healthier, more stress-resistant grass.
In the fall, remember to always treat curb and front lawn with Spotless Lawn as well, as road salt can travel in a mist as cars drive over road. The negative effects of road salt on soil can be detrimental to health of both grass and trees, not to mention it will promote more weeds and crabgrass.
With regular use, Spotless Lawn will not only protect grass from further damage, but also create a healthier and more vibrant green lawn!