So I adopted a greyhound last year. I put a fence up in the yard so he could run. Well lol...he's turning my yard into a mud track. I'm not much of a lawn person but I want to grow the grass back. If for nothing else to stop the mud he tracks in. Any tips?
Ha I thought about. That or sand but my hood be complaining yo!
Hm. You have any fields nearby that you can let him run around in? It kinda sounds like as long as you have that dog you ain't gonna have any grass in your backyard if that's the only place he can burn out some runsies.
Grass seed is really cheap at least.
It's weird because the greyhound shelter has an area they run their dogs and the grass is fine there. I think I messed up by letting him run when they ground was wet. It's so much easier letting him out to the bathroom and going back inside but maybe I need to just walk him once the weather warms.
When do you typically throw seed down? Spring?
Once the threat of the worst cold snaps are over. Whenever that is. Around here that's basically feb/march. I'm pretty sure you could throw it down in the middle of winter. It just wouldn't come up until spring, and you run the risk of rain carrying away half your seed or it rotting in mudpuddles. That's what the hay is for you see spread over top of seeded spots. The cover helps to fix the soil against light winds and rains, but you don't want it too thick or all you've done is create a problem. Hay is good for that. I'm pretty sure a light covering of pine straw would do the exact same thing.
*I'm not a lawn guy either. There's probably an entire science devoted to this.
Last edited by Agenor; 01-19-2013 at 06:41 PM.
I wouldn't have been as blunt as Sutekh, but he's right. You basically fell into the trap of the majority of pet owners and got an animal only considering your needs, and not the needs of the animal. You have a very high energy dog that should definitely be walked twice a day at a minimum. And a proper walk too, none of this 35 foot lead shit that passes for walks these days. By worrying about the grass, you're addressing the symptoms, not the problem.
If you do it right, your dog is going to be too tired to do much tearing up of the back yard. Then the grass will come back and stay back, and your dog will be happier too.
a dog running around shouldn't be tearing up grass. MAYBE in aline on a runner, killing it. but that would still just be brown. not dirt.
Is he outright digging it up? as in holes?
hrm, actually, you probably have something else killing your grass. and you are just noticing it, as the dog is pulling up the dead grass, which has no roots. See alot of birds in it constantly? ravens, etc? grubs.
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I wouldn't count on reestablishing any if you've a dog trampling it the entire time.
Protip: Teach your dog to fetch, then teach them to fetch up and down stairs. Wears the shit out of them lol.
As for the grass, you could ask the shelter what grass they use or ask a lawn care store what is durable, but replacing the grass in your yard is expensive and if you can manage the energy of your dog you might have a cheaper solution.
Ha thx man. Unfortunately my dog is scared of some steps. Pretty common with greyhounds But we play fetch in the hallway lol.
Thanks for cleaning up the title. I was thinking I could of worded it better.
greyhounds are not "high-energy" dogs. they're quite content being couch potatoes but that doesn't mean you shouldn't walk them.
You should walk any dog. I think people were just missing the point that he's a sprinter and when giving the chance he will always do it. They dig in pretty hard when they run. sounds like a horse running heh. The minute i let him out he's off to the races ha. I just need to limit his activity in the yard until I figure out the grass thing. So come spring I'm just walk him more than usual to offset his yard time.
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Here we have fenced in dog parks where you can take your dog and unleash them and just let them run. Maybe you could see if one of these exists in your area.
never actually said how big your yard was right? I didn't miss that?
No I didn't I didn't think it mattered. I'm really not even sure.. probably 80x30 but I'm betting higher as starts on the side and widens in the back
Proper type of grass depends on where in the country you live, the conditions of the area (high shade, no shade, etc.), and how often you're willing to maintain it.
I do this shit for a living, have for a while. Lemme know those conditions and I'll shoot you some pointers. Zeroscaping isn't a bad idea if you're really concerned about the short-term, but I've always steered people away from doing it just because healthy grass is much nicer, better for the enviroment, and has the added joy of keeping it alive and well.
I'm in the NE. Philly to be exact.
If you're set on seeding vs. sodding, then a mix of Perennial Ryegrass and Kentucky Bluegrass is really your best bet. Neither are very shade-tolerant, so if you have excessive shade coverage due to trees, you're sort of stuck with a yearly re-seeding. A good mix of the two, if you buy seeds, should be roughly 2:1, with the Bluegrass being the most abundant. Reason is, it grows faster but isn't quite as weather tolerant as the Perennial; however, the Perennial takes longer to germinate, and thus won't start sprouting till the seasons ripe for it (assuming you do this relatively soon, towards the end of Feb. would be ideal.) Neither need excessive water, though once you see sprouting, you'll need to step up to daily watering for a week or so to help it. Not a whole lot else you need to do, neither grass requires fertilizer (or really ever needs it to get going), and both are ideal for high-traffic areas. If you go the fertilizer route, invest in a good supply ammonium nitrate (avoid liquid sprays, go for solids and water them in) and apply it twice a month once sprouting starts for two-three months for some explosive growth.
Edit: I should note, that sodding is the best way to install any grass. It's the most efficient and the safest way to do so. Downside is it's more expensive typically. If you decide to sod, make sure you talk to the company you call about their mix of seeds, what chemicals they use to fertilize, and how old the grass is when you're buying it. Newer pieces of sod may look greener now, but typically don't take root as fast as a slightly older piece.
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Oh yeah. Also, if you do go the seed route: buy the seeds, buy top soil, cast the seeds, then cover them in top soil (less than 1in.). Helps boost their early growth, helps protect them from birds, and assuming you don't pile the soil on, won't deny them the air they need to germinate. Most grasses won't take root immersed in soil or liquids, they need exposure. Once they take root though, you can cover them if desired and still see them break surface. Don't fertilize until about three-five weeks in if you use top soil, or you run the risk of over-exposing them to chemicals and getting a shit ton of weeds mixed in your grass a result. Good grass is a challenge, but totally worth it. If I didn't live in an apartment, I'd have a killer floratam lawn like I did when I was younger and living with my Father. Always loved the look and smell of good grass.
Great info man! That's what I was looking for. I'm going to seed it. You say traffic isn't going to hurt it much? My dog is like a 4 legged tiller lol.
Try to let the seeds germinate for about two weeks before you let the dog back there. Gives the them time to get some roots down, and allows the soil to compact a bit around them. You can let him out sooner, but it might negatively impact the growth pattern (read: coverage) of the seeds.
What's the good and bad way to replace sod? One dude told me to just place it on top of the existing grass, which seems weird to me. Shouldn't you shovel off the old?
Yeah that shit wont work too well. You want that sod to get rooted as soon as possible, because if it does not get a good foothold it will stil look like shit and start to have weed infestation. Its a lot of fucking work to re-sod. I did it at my old house and I swear ill never do it again. You rent a sod cutter cut the old sod at the roots, hopefully roll it up and get it the fuck out.
what works well is to keep reseeding it for a few years. what you do is rent one of them thatch rakes, thatch the shit out of your lawn in very early spring then rake up all that thatch and get rid of it. Then just spread new seed and rake it in by hand. then keep the shit watered. You can even buy a lawnmower blade that has the rake thingies on it and do it with your lawnmower. Do the same in the fall. Repeat this for like 2 yrs and you will have a new looking lawn without all the bullshit work of carting sod around for about $40.But then of course you can just hire some messicans to do it for you.
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So me being in the NE I should be doing this when? Still have a few cold months. Weather is always iffy in march here.
anyone know a good weed killer that wont kill new grass in the process?
Anyone dealt with a "bumpy" or "lumpy" yard before? It's fairly noticeable. One suggestion was that we put down loam, but I'm not sure.
You get used to it? Not sure how bad yours is but I hated ours after we bought our house. After a year I hardly even notice it or feel it when I'm walking through the yard. Ours just felt uneven so maybe I don't really know what you mean when you say lumpy and bumpy.
One day I hope to be as attractive and well spoken as Tuco!
Imagine a lot of hills and valleys, but instead of in some massive landscape it was just on my lawn, all over it. If you go through with a lawn mower it's bouncing all over the place.
If it's existing grass that's already been there for several years, I've used the Ortho Weed-B-Gone stuff and it works pretty well, and doesn't kill grass.
Generally speaking, I've always been told at various nurseries and from various lawn people that you either focus on killing weeds, or growing grass, but not both at the same time. Doing both is a bad, bad idea.
It's new seed. I guess I'll lay off that area until next season then try it. Just seeing a lot of weeds pop up with the grass
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