Getting to the Basics: Remodeling Projects

Steps To Restore Your Yard And Lawn After Dog-Damage

by Jill Jenkins

Your dog may be your best friend and a part of your family, but can wreak havoc on a well-manicured yard and lawn. Dogs can run trails through and kill your lawn from continually passing over the same areas, and can dig holes in the ground looking for some entertainment. Here are some tips and insight to help you repair and restore your lawn and yard to get it back to looking attractive once again.

Remove Remaining Vegetation

When your dog has played and chased with pedestrians and other dogs passing by your fenced-in yard, it can leaves "game trails" and ditches where your dog's paws kick up the soil and kill any living lawn. This can allow weeds to grow more abundantly than if the lawn were to remain and help choke out weeds.

The first thing you need to do is to remove the weeds and their seeds from the soil. You can accomplish this by attempting to kill all the weeds by applying chemical weed killer that won't harming the soil, or you can scrape the top layer of soil and vegetation from the area. This also removes any weeds and their un-germinated seeds. It is easiest to rent or hire a skid steer or a Bobcat with a soil scraper attachment to remove the top inch or two of soil, then dispose of it into the landfill.

Lay New Topsoil

After you have removed any old vegetation and weeds, you can order one or more loads of topsoil from a local landscaping supplier. Talk to the supplier about the square footage of your yard and they can help you calculate your needs. The topsoil company will need a location to dump the soil, so it is a good idea to provide access to your yard. This also makes spreading the soil easier because it is already on or near its final destination.

Use the skid steer or Bobcat to spread and level the soil, smoothing out any hard-to-reach areas with a yard rake. The soil needs to be completely level to grow a smooth lawn. If you don't have experience running equipment, talk to the landscaping company about their cost to complete the work for you. For more information, contact companies like Purdy Topsoil & Gravel.

Plant New Lawn

Now your yard is ready for you to grow new lawn, either with sod, hydroseeding, or spreading your own lawn seed. An automatic sprinkler system installed in your yard can make the watering process of your lawn easier, and helps establish a healthy root system. New lawn by seed requires frequent watering the first few weeks until the seeds germinate and take root. Then, be sure to install a dog run in your yard so your dog can remain happy and healthy to run and play without damaging your new lawn.