How to Use Dolomite Lime on Grass for Dog Urine Damage

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Things You'll Need

  • Hard rake

  • Dolomite lime

  • Water

Tip

Do not add nitrogen-based fertilizer for several weeks after adding lime as the two will basically cancel each other out.

You love your dog but your dog's urine can be hard on your lawn.

If you have dogs, dog urine has undoubtedly damaged your lawn. Dog urine contains ammonia and salts and these are hard on grass. The salts, especially, pull moisture from the grass roots and cause the grass to die. The ammonia causes the soil to be more acidic, which is also stressful for grass. One easy solution is to add dolomite lime to the urine spot. Dolomite lime helps to neutralize the acid in dog urine and restore the soil to a pH balance more favorable to the growth of new grass.

Step 1

Water the spots on the lawn that dog urine killed. Water helps to dilute the ammonia, salts and excess nitrogen that the dog urine adds to the soil and helps prevent the dehydration that the urine salts can cause.

Step 2

Rake off any dead grass from the affected areas with a hard rake. Allow the tines of the rake to scratch the surface of the soil.

Step 3

Sprinkle a large handful of dolomite lime onto the raked area. One handful of lime per affected area will be sufficient. Water the area with a sprinkler after applying the lime. The lime will work its way into the soil and reduce the acidity caused by the urine, allowing new grass to grow over the spot.

Step 4

Sprinkle a handful of grass seed over the area after you have watered in your lime if you wish to encourage the fast recovery of the area. Consult with your local nursery as to the best type of grass seed for your area and for the time of year. Water the grass seed and cover with a thin layer of straw or grass cuttings to hold in moisture and prevent birds from feasting on your seeds.

Step 5

Wait 21 days to mow the affected areas if you added new seeds. If didn't add new seeds, continue on your normal schedule.

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Larry Parr

Larry Parr has been a full-time professional freelance writer for more than 30 years. For 25 years he wrote cartoons for television, everything from "Smurfs" to "Spider-Man." Today Parr train dogs and write articles on a variety of topics for websites worldwide.