Today I am trying to fix the dead grass in my backyard. My dog Marlee, when the grass was first put in, dug it up making it hard for the grass to re-root. Plus, dog urine kills grass, so I just wanted to fix the issue and lay down new sod. I was going to dig up all the dead grass on the half of the yard that was affected, but Home Depot was out. Therefore, I decided to re-seed it instead by still digging up the dead grass / “poor-mans” aerating it using a shovel.