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Ariadne's picture

Thank you for everyone who posted their experiences with sodding their own lawns. After reading through the posts, I'm realizing that my plans may not be so easy.

We have a dog, who my FH insisted can stay on the front lawn. Now that the snow has melted, our front lawn is a disaster. All of the grass that was newly laid last spring is completely dead.

I was thinking about laying down sod, but it seems like alot of work. I know this may sound silly, but would it be easier to clean up the dead grass and put on top soil, fertilizer and grass seeds?

Thanks for your help!

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Ariadne's picture

Thank you both for your help!

It's a complete mess.

The grass is ruined because of the urine, and also because of his jumping. He's a black lab, so when he gets excited, he jumps up and down. With the extra snow and rain we've been getting over the past few weeks, he jumps and ends up kicking up the grass. Our front lawn is yellow, with very few green patches.

We've solved the problem with the dog on the front lawn as of this morning. He broke his leash and now he can't be out in the front anymore. So now we're returning to two daily walks.

I think the problem is a lack of proper soil. Several of our neighbours have removed their sod (to plant gardens) and found that the soil doesn't even go a foot deep in some places. I think it could also be when the sod was laid. Everyone on our side of the street, who moved in last spring/summer, has dead looking grass. People who moved last fall, have less dead looking lawn.

Maybe I'm overreacting? I've never had a home of my own, or a dog, before.

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