Why Do I Have Spots In My Lawn?

Do you have a problem with dead spots in your lawn? I stopped at one of our clients houses the other day.  I was surprised to see a bunch of dead spots in their lawn. Their lawn is usually in tip top shape.

My guess would be that it was caused by highly highly acidic dog urine. The telltale sign of Dog Spot is the greening of grass just outside the burned area.

So how did I know it was caused by a dog?  I don’t actually. A lawn could have a similar reaction if someone spilled a concentration of lawn fertilizer on the lawn. Based on the damage, my assumption is no one would have filled a spreader that many times on this small area of lawn and spilled fertilizer each time they refilled the spreader.  That leads me to believe it is damage from a dog’s urine.  There are two dogs that live in the house.  They also have a dog run in the backyard but it’s my guess that one of the dogs isn’t using it.

Dog owning lawn fanatics, have no fear. You can have a spot free lawn but it will take some extra work.  First, walk your dog, or better yet, teach your dog to only go to the bathroom in one spot in your yard. Some inconspicuous spot in a corner of your property where no one can see the lawn.  Another option is to try pills or tomato juice.  There are some that say that tomato juice and over the counter pills help neutralize the acid.  All are worth a try.

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Richard Schipul
Richard Schipul

For the last 30 years, I have owned the landscape company Designing Eden LLC based in New Milford, CT. We offer landscape designs, landscape installations and garden maintenance services in Fairfield and Litchfield County Connecticut. I am currently the only Nationally Certified Landscape Designer in Litchfield County and sit on the board of the Association of Professional Landscape Designers and Mad Gardeners.

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  1. or just pour a load of water on the spot immediately after the dog pees. it dilutes the urine enough to mitigate this issue. but judging from these pics, it doesn’t appear the dog is on leash / being walked. in which case, training is the better solution. you can both train a dog to go in one place and also on command.

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