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Old 04-25-2008, 05:08 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Will my grass grow?

Leroy recently bought me and my wife a new home...problem is the backyards grass hasnt grown all the way, so the builder is having landscaper come and re-seed the back lawn....If i let leroy back there to play will he prevent the grass from growing? Someone told me he would but didnt know if it was true. Does anyone know?
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Old 04-25-2008, 05:48 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Heavy traffic on seed will probably push it into the ground to far to germinate. And if it makes it through dog traffic, you will for sure have to keep them off it once it germinates. Ask the builder to give you the seed instead. Do one area of the backyard now, you can rope it off. And do the other area either once it starts to mature or in the fall. The best time to seed is in the fall anyways...there is less weed seeds germinating. Good luck!!
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Old 04-25-2008, 08:21 AM   #3 (permalink)
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or i could just sod it
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Old 04-25-2008, 08:47 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If you decide to section it off you can get the safety fence thats used around construction sites from a home improvement store like lowes. It comes in a neon orange but also in a dark green and black so its less obvious.

Depending on the type of grass sod or even plugs are also options. As long as you loosen the topsoil up so roots can penetrate and water deep assuming the soil itself is in good condition both texture and nutrient wise.

Always water deep you want the roots to go down for water, shallow watering keeps roots towards the top and makes grass less drought tolerant. Don't water when it's in direct sun it will make the grass sunburn. Grass or any plants do not really pick up much water during the day the stomata close to conserve water. The best time to water is first thing in the morning. A lot of people think watering at night is ok but then the roots sit in water all night and can rot.

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Depending on where you are something to consider with a new lawn is adding polymere crystals to hold water. You should be able to find one brand or another at any large garden shop or home improvement store. An example is Watersorb Water Absorbing Polymers Application Instructions Page
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I think with either sod or seed, you need to keep him off of it as much as possible. I would recommend a kennel run that is mulched or graveled to use for a potty area while the grass is trying to get established. It is also really good to have one when the ground is muddy or for after you have treated the lawn. We have a small kennel run that we keep mulched and it has saved our lawn at times. We have been in our house for 4 years now and it is still a battle to keep nice grass with multiple dogs. We normally seed 2x a year: very early spring and again in the fall.

Our ultimate solution will be to make a larger 20' x 30' dog run and gravel it - we hope to do that this year sometime. That way they still have a little running space and don't go in the larger fenced yard unless we want them to.

It is hard work to have dogs AND a nice yard, but it can be done!
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You aren't supposed to have any traffic at all on a freshly seeded lawn until the new grass gets tall enough for it's first mowing. It will indeed prevent it from growing. That being said, I have 7 dogs and my lawn is always in pretty good shape. I just never let the dogs on it when it's wet or they would turn it into a sea of mud. In the wet winter months here they go in the 1/3 of my backyard that is fenced off and graveled. Also that way their feet never touch dirt when it's wet out so I never have to wipe feet.
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I think with either sod or seed, you need to keep him off of it as much as possible. I would recommend a kennel run that is mulched or graveled to use for a potty area while the grass is trying to get established. It is also really good to have one when the ground is muddy or for after you have treated the lawn. We have a small kennel run that we keep mulched and it has saved our lawn at times. We have been in our house for 4 years now and it is still a battle to keep nice grass with multiple dogs. We normally seed 2x a year: very early spring and again in the fall.

Our ultimate solution will be to make a larger 20' x 30' dog run and gravel it - we hope to do that this year sometime. That way they still have a little running space and don't go in the larger fenced yard unless we want them to.

It is hard work to have dogs AND a nice yard, but it can be done!
Mary Jo, is there any way you could post pictures of the kennel area that you have? My husband wants to do something similar for us. I am on the fence. Our dogs have destroyed our back yard, but at the same time, they love being able to run and play in it, and I would hate to have them confined to a small space when they're outside.
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Old 04-25-2008, 11:09 AM   #8 (permalink)
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Great info guys, thanks!
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Leroy recently bought me and my wife a new home...problem is the backyards grass hasnt grown all the way, so the builder is having landscaper come and re-seed the back lawn....If i let leroy back there to play will he prevent the grass from growing? Someone told me he would but didnt know if it was true. Does anyone know?
Per my better half -- the 4th generation nurseryman and landscaper -- running on seed is NOT advised until it has germinated and gone through at least a first mowing.
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Dober feet can chew up a freshly planted lawn in no time! I agree with suggestions to split your yard. I would use rolled turf, you will get a quicker, thicker turf much sooner than seeded.
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Old 04-28-2008, 04:23 AM   #11 (permalink)
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thanks for all the help guys! ill keep him off it as much as possible.
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sod would be easier,but more exspensive. but im with the kennel idea. if its not your choice to use the kennel,i would a) keep him off the grass till it takes ie first mowing and b) they make pee pills to prevent lawn burn c)train him to use booties or do his more intense play somewhere else.ie local park or trail hike with him. you can buy a flexileash or a horse lungeline to use as an extended leash.(if hes friendly with strangers, no offence, some dogs just arent no matter the breed)
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