PetiGreen Gives You a Quicker Path to a Greener Lawn in a Few Easy Steps
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It's easy - Apply PetiGreen with a Hose End Applicator
You simply apply PetiGreen to the area of your lawn that your dog uses including the dead spots. Use a hose end applicator designed for liquids.
PetiGreen is a concentrate that helps provide a better environment in the soil for increased organic activity and works over time to control and prevent dog urine from killing grass.
Water PetiGreen into the soil after applying
After you have applied PetiGreen water the lawn for a few minutes to wash PetiGreen into the soil. PetiGreen works in the soil to protect your lawn by improving the environment of the soil so that more microbes can survive and thrive.
Reseed the dead spots after 3 weeks
In 3 weeks you can typically reseed the dead spots. Use grass seed that is the same variety as your existing lawn. It may take a couple of weeks for the new seed to germinate.
If the seed fails to germinate try again in a couple of weeks. Chances are that there is still too much urea nitrogen in the soil and the microbes need more time to process it. Remember that even in the newly seeded areas you can get new pee spots until the population of microbes becomes large enough to prevent them which can take several months.
Repeat applications every 6 weeks. Reseed new spots until they no longer form.
Unlike other liquid fertilizers and amendments that give you a dilution amount or setting on a sprayer, you do not apply PetiGreen at ratio of ounces per gallon. You apply PetiGreen on the basis of ounces per square feet, specifically the square feet of the area you are treating. The water acts as a carrier to get PetiGreen out of the sprayer and into the soil.
Getting Deeper Into the Soil
Any additional water just helps work it deeper into the soil. Many hose end applicators come with general instructions for applying other fertilizers. Disregard the instructions that come with the sprayer when applying PetiGreen and use the PetiGreen instructions instead.
The video shows treating the entire lawn. If your dog does not use the whole lawn but prefers a section of your lawn then you can treat only the area your dog uses.
Before You Start
First, you will need a hose end applicator for applying liquids. Spray applicators for dissolving powders (like Miracle Gro) do not evenly distribute liquids.
Applicators for liquids are available at many of the big box hardware stores, many local hardware stores and many nurseries. You can also order online from internet retailers such as Amazon.com.
How to Prevent Urine Spots in New Sod
Apply Directly on Sod
You can apply PetiGreen directly on new sod. If you lay new sod and let your dog urinate on it you will get urine spots regardless of whether you have treated the underlying soil or not. Damage is likely to get much worse before it gets better. The roots of the new sod are close to the surface and will sustain urine damage until the root system establishes itself in the depth of the soil where protection occurs.
Divide and Conquer
We recommend dividing your lawn and laying sod only in one section of it. Block access to that section from your dog and continue using PetiGreen on it while it gets established. Then lay sod in the other section and block access to it from your dog and continue using PetiGreen on it while it gets established. This should help you save money and reduce frustration. If you already have new sod follow the instructions above but plan to repair some areas.
How Often Should I Use PetiGreen
The frequency of application may vary.
For most situations you will want to apply PetiGreen every 6 weeks. Microbes have a life cycle of about 45 days and our goal is to sustain a healthy population that can process large amounts of urea. This proactive routine guards against the urine that is assaulting your yard multiple times a day. Your soil will flourish and easily metabolize excess nitrogen when you follow the PetiGreen Program regularly. Additionally, PetiGreen breaks down the salt from your dog’s urine. For smaller lawns that a large dog or multiple dogs have access to, more frequent applications may be required.
To repair damaged grass
Whether the damage is mild or severe, it will take time to restore your lawn. The more severe the damage, the longer recovery will take. Following the normal application frequency along with reseeding will still yield good results.
Do you want to accelerate the recovery of your lawn?
You may have read about the “3, 2, 1, Go! program” in some of our customer’s testimonials. This program was designed for those with severely damaged lawns who wanted to accelerate the restoration of their lawns. The program was to apply 3 times the normal amount for the first application. Three weeks later 2 times the normal amount was to be applied. After another three weeks 1 application at the normal amount was to be applied. Then Go to the normal schedule of applications every six weeks.
The Revised Program
That program has been revised. If you want to accelerate the process you can apply PetiGreen every week for the first 6 weeks then move to the normal schedule. It can accelerate the recovery. For most people, even where the lawn is severe in damage, simply reseeding after the third week and then as new spots appear. This gets and keeps the lawn looking pretty good on the journey to prevention.
For those interested in accelerating the process below are some suggestions based on the condition of your lawn.
Restore Severely Damaged Lawn
You Can Apply PetiGreen Once a Week for the First 6 Weeks
It can take several months to repair damaged soil and get your lawn back to normal but more frequent applications in the beginning can help accelerate the process. Applying PetiGreen more frequently in the beginning will help process the excess nitrogen. It also breaks down salt that is in your soil. Where lawns have been severely damaged by dog urine we recommend applying PetiGreen every weeks for the first 6 weeks. After that maintain the PetiGreen Program Schedule of applications every 6 weeks. Don’t forget to reseed after 3 weeks. Use the same type of grass seed that matches your lawn so you don’t have irregular grass where the spots are.
Mild to Moderately Damaged Lawns
You Can Apply PetiGreen Once a Week for the First 3 Weeks
Generally speaking the normal 6 week schedule works for most people and that is what we recommend for lawns with mild to moderate urine damage. However, there can be a benefit applying PetiGreen every weeks for the first 3 weeks that can accelerate the recovery of your lawn. Don’t forget to reseed after 3 weeks and be sure to use the same type of grass seed that matches your lawn so you don’t have irregular patches where the spots are.
Routines for a Healthy Lawn
The PetiGreen Routine
Regular Watering Routine
Reseed Dead Spots as They Appear
Pet Waste Removal Routine
Lawn Mowing Routine
Reduce ( in Some Cases Eliminate) Nitrogen Fertilizer Where Your Dog Goes (Your dog is already adding nitrogen through its routine)
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Here is How PetiGreen Works
Typically a lawn does not contain enough soil microbes to protect it against the salt and the excessive amount of nitrogen that can exist in dog urine. PetiGreen helps improve the environment of the soil. Over time it can support a large population of soil microbes that will thrive. When the population gets big enough it can process the excessive nitrogen from the dog urine fast enough that the grass is not damaged. It takes time to get the population to that size.
There are other products we have seen that feature microbes as the solution to the dog urine problem. Simply adding microbes does not create the conditions in the soil the microbes need for them to survive. You have to change the environment of the soil so they can not only survive but thrive.
When you apply PetiGreen soil microbes begin to increase in population. They usually process enough nitrogen from the soil at the dead spots in just a few weeks. This allows new seed to germinate and grow. Reseeding the spots can help improve the appearance of your lawn while the environment continues to improve and the microbial population continues to grow until it is finally large enough to prevent dog urine from killing your grass.
PetiGreen is Safe for Kids and Pets when Used as Directed
Using PetiGreen is safe for pets and kids when it is applied as directed. Apply PetiGreen using a hose end applicator and then wash it into the soil after each application with your sprinklers. After you wash it safely into the soil your kids and pets can safely return to the lawn.
PetiGreen can be Applied During Cool or Hot Temperatures
It can be advantageous to apply PetiGreen when temperatures cool off. For areas where there is hard ground freeze through the winter apply PetiGreen as late in the fall as possible and then again as early in the spring as possible.
In areas that cool off in the winter and may even have occasional frost apply PetiGreen when normal daytime temperatures are above 45° F. Although the grass may be dormant there can still be some roots activity and salt and nitrogen can still be a problem. Usually we don’t think of our lawns after temperatures drop and grass goes dormant. But as dog owners we should. The advantage of applying PetiGreen in lower temperatures is that the soil can stay moist longer without the water quickly evaporating from blistering heat of the day. Grass can be dormant while microbial activity continues to work to improve the environment of the soil. Applications during cooler weather will also help reduce salt damage that might otherwise accumulate on cooler winter days.
PetiGreen can be applied even in hot temperatures and will still help improve the soil. We recommend applying it during the cooler part of the day, typically mornings are best. Summer heat can stress grass even though biological activity increases and soil conditions improve. The first year you use PetiGreen, especially if you start in the heat of the summer, even though it may appear as if you are not getting much results PetiGreen can be working to improve the soil even in sweltering heat. In addition new grass seed may have a harder time germinating in the heat due to evaporation. As temperatures cool for fall the lawn becomes less stressed and the work the microbes have done in the heat of the summer should start to become apparent. In subsequent years the summer heat should not be as much of an issue.
You will get New Dead Spots for a While
After Applying PetiGreen the population of soil microbes starts to increase in population. The population takes time to expand. Even though the population is growing it may not be large enough to stop the urine spots for some time. You will still get dead spots appearing in your lawn in some cases for several months. However, the microbes can increase to a large enough population to process enough of the excess nitrogen from the dead spot in a few weeks that new seed can germinate.
Keep the Poop Picked-up off of Your Lawn
Dog feces can add to the problem. We recommend that you keep it cleaned up to minimize its impact. There are dog waste removal services available in many areas. They will do the task regularly for you for a fee.
Continue Applying PetiGreen on Schedule
Your dog’s urine is in constant assault on the soil as it pees on the lawn multiple times a day. When you keep applying PetiGreen on schedule your are countering this assault. Make sure you apply PetiGreen every 6 weeks so you are continually working to improve and protect the soil. During the time it takes for the microbial population to build up new spots are likely to appear. As they appear simply reseed them.
Keep Your Lawn Adequately Watered
You should keep the lawn adequately watered so the grass gets a sufficient amount of water and there is enough moisture for the new grass seeds to germinate.
You should avoid too much water because it can hinder beneficial microbial activity and increase the chance of detrimental fungi.
PetiGreen and ClayMend can be Mixed Together
If you have hard clay soil you can mix PetiGreen and ClayMend together and apply them both at the same time.
Neutralize Dog Urine
The purpose and function of the urine from your dog is to eliminate toxins from your dog. These toxins will end up in your lawn. PetiGreen works to repair their damaging effects. These include excess nitrogen, salt, and any imbalances of soil pH from dog urine.
Medication may Affect Your Results
Some medications can be toxic to the grass and others toxic to soil microbes. You may get pee spots while your dog is on medication.
PetiGreen is All Natural
The ingredients in PetiGreen are all natural consisting of naturally occurring ingredients including a proprietary blend of organic acids, organic carbon, pro-biotics and a little nitrogen and sulfur.
Continue to Reseed as Required
During this time you are likely to see new spots appear in your lawn so as they appear simply reseed them. You should not have to remove the old dead grass. Just scatter some seeds over the dead spots. The dead grass will actually shade the new seed. This prevents it from drying out as quickly as it otherwise would. This helps the seeds germinate.
Rejoice, You can Save Money on Fertilizer
Nitrogen fertilizer and dog urine don’t play well together. They can gang up on your lawn to make your dog urine problem worse. You can reduce the amount of fertilizer you apply. By doing so you are not adding a lot more nitrogen to the nitrogen from the dog the urine. Additional nitrogen from fertilizer can make it more difficult to control dog urine spots. You should be able to cut your fertilizer applications in half or more.
If you do fertilize apply PetiGreen immediately. This reduces the impact the fertilizer will have on the dog urine burn spots. Watch the lawn for the next few weeks after you apply fertilizer and see if you get more new spots. If so it indicates too much fertilizer is now in the soil. So the next time you fertilize cut the amount you applied this time in half again. Continue with the PetiGreen Program to treat and reseed.
Mulching your grass clippings can also help reduce the amount of additional fertilizer you use. It can return up to 2 lbs. of nitrogen per 100 sq. ft. over the course of a year. Since it is organic it doesn’t put immediate stress on your lawn.
Repairing your lawn takes time. Even though you are just seeing spots appear now it may just be the tip of the iceberg. The damage may be worse than it appears. Your spots might seem small but damage to your soil can range from mild to moderate. It can take from 2 to 6 months to get back your green beautiful lawn.
However the appearance of your lawn can often improve greatly by reseeding during this time. About 3 weeks after you start applying PetiGreen reseed the dead spots. The spots might start to fill in but you’ll still get new pee spots. Repeat this routine as the new pee spots appear and eventually the new spots should diminish and eventually disappear.
Give Your Dog a Balanced Diet and Plenty of Water
Evaluate what you are feeding your dog. Dog foods high in grains and vegetables can make burn spots worse. And of course make sure your dog has plenty of water.
For Severely Damaged Lawns Gather Your Grass Clippings
If your lawn is suffering from an excess of fertilizer to the point it has been severely damaged you may want to gather your grass clippings so the additional nitrogen in the clippings does not add to the problem. Eventually it will be beneficial to mulch your grass. But until your lawn is growing well again we recommend that you gather the clippings.
PetiGreen is Effective
Mother Nature may not be as fast at repairing our lawns as we would like but with the use of PetiGreen over time you can regain a beautiful healthy lawn.
PetiGreen is Beneficial to Garden Plants
Even though PetiGreen was designed to be used on lawns but it is also beneficial for other plants including shrubs, flowers and vegetables.
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Frequently Asked Questions
With all these benefits, until the roots are established into the soil where they are protected from urine they are very susceptible to damage. PetiGreen will help quicken the root establishment process, but we advise trying to remove the dog from the new lawn if possible. Until the roots are well established you will see new urine spots.
Here is an article about Dog Urine and New Sod with more information that might be helpful.
PetiGreen increases the soils ability to process nitrogen in pet urine which contains an excessive amount of nitrogen. By adding fertilizer it will increase the amount of nitrogen the microbes in the soil needs to process. It is nitrogen overload that kills the lawn and causes the dog urine spots to form.
Lawns that have been heavily fertilizing over the years can also be high in nitrogen. These lawns tend to have more severe urine damage where the dogs go and it can take much, much longer to process all that extra nitrogen before the soil improves enough to protect against new spots. It is best in areas like these to keep the dog off the area if possible, to reseed after applying PetiGreen and letting the new grass get well established. These soils can take months before they come around.
When there is an excess of nitrogen added to the soil, even when there are no pets, nitrates can build up and diminish microbial activity which impacts lawn and plant growth. By cutting back on nitrogen use, using it sparingly and only when needed, you can actually achieve a greener, healthier lawn.
If you have fertilized already apply PetiGreen as soon as possible so it can start processing the fertilizer and begin to reduce the nitrogen overload in the soil.
It takes quite a bit of time for soil microbes to build to a population large enough to prevent new urine spots but as this population is growing a lot of nitrogen can be processed so that new grass seed will grow. You’ll still get new spots but this will help keep your lawn looking greener until the microbes can prevent the new spots altogether.
PetiGreen is made up of a proprietary blend of naturally occurring components that build the health and fertility of the soil. Healthy soil is more efficient at metabolizing dog urine.
Fertilizer pollution is an escalating problem in our world and by working with Mother Nature our products build the health and productivity of the soil naturally, we call it being “Powered By Mother Nature”. Products developed with mother natures own systems are beneficial to the environment as well as safe for your family and pets.
In colder climates the microbial population will expand until the cold weather hits and then it will go dormant. In the spring that expanded population will come out of dormancy and pick up right where it left off. Then just continue with the program to improve the soil and expand the microbial population even more until your lawn is completely protected from new dog urine spots.
Even though PetiGreen will not harm your plants it works in the soil so if you spray it on your flowers, vegetables, shrubs, trees, etc. makes sure you rinse it off of the plants so it gets into the soil where it can go to work to improve the soil.
Application rates less the recommended rates will diminish the effectiveness of PetiGreen and are not recommended.
Even though it takes time for the microbial population to increase large enough to prevent urine spots, they can usually process enough nitrogen from the pee spots in just a few weeks so that new grass seed will germinate. This helps keep your lawn greener while the population grows to the size that it can prevent the dog urine spots from forming.
The PetiGreen Routine is an essential the tools that helps to eventually control and prevent dog urine from killing your lawn. Following the PetiGreen Routine natural aeration is improved, organic carbon is built up, fertilizer and water efficiency improves and that results in an even healthier lawn over time.
We recommend reading our Getting Started page when starting to treat the dog urine spots in your lawn.