Repairing Your Lawn this Summer: Brown Spots and Dog Damage

Wondering if those brown spots in your lawn are from your dog or something else? Scotts offers some great tips on how to keep your lawn green and healthy. For instance, fertilizing your lawn properly and not overwatering can actually help keep your grass drought tolerant as we head into the hot summer months. You can check out all their tips here, but here’s some useful info how to identify and treat your lawn to stop those ugly brown spots…


Brown Patch

Brown patch is a lawn fungus that forms brown, circular patterns. It usually appears in warm, humid weather. Its circles can be several feet wide.

When It’s Hot and Humid, Keep an Eye Out for Brown Circles in the Lawn

If you have large, brown circles on your lawn, you could be looking at brown patch fungus. Brown patch shows up when the weather turns hot and sticky. Its circular patterns are sometimes several feet wide. While any lawn can suffer from brown patch, lawns with St. Augustinegrass are particularly vulnerable. Fortunately, there are some easy steps you can follow to control this lawn disease.

Restrict Your Watering

Brown patch thrives in humidity and damp conditions. You want to water your lawn only once a week to control the amount of moisture on the lawn. Watering once a week keeps your lawn healthy, while allowing it to dry out. Brown patch hates all things dry.

Treat Your Lawn with a Fungus Control

Brown patch responds to anti-fungal treatments. Apply a lawn fungus control product every other week. You’ll need to make at least 3 applications.


Dog Damage

Our dogs appreciate our lawns as much as we do, though for different reasons. While we mostly love our lawns for their looks, our canine pals enjoy them as a place to run, play, roll on their backs, and do their business. Here are a few simple tips that will help you keep your grass looking good and your dog safe and happy.

Prevent and Repair Dog Damage

Salts in your dog’s urine cause those familiar brown spots ringed by dark green, fast-growing grass. Mowing high will help lessen the effect, as will flushing affected areas with water as soon as possible. Badly damaged spots will need to be repaired, however, by reseeding or patching with sod.  A more permanent and effective solution is to create a mulched area at the back of your yard and train your dog to go there.

Feed Your Lawn at Recommended Amounts

Feed your lawn on a regular schedule (4 times a year is best for most grasses) for thick, strong turf that will stand up to heavy use. Over-applying won’t help the lawn. Be sure to follow the directions and spreader settings listed on the package when applying fertilizer and other lawn products.

Wait as Directed

After applying any lawn product, keep your dog off the lawn according to the label directions. Areas treated with fertilizer can be entered immediately after application, although we recommend watering the lawn and waiting until it dries before anyone walks on it. That helps activate the fertilizer and prevents it from being tracked into the house. Check the package for directions when applying any weed or insect control; most recommend keeping pets off the lawn after application for a certain period. And remember, all lawn products should be stored properly, where kids and pets can’t get into them.

Don’t Panic if Your Dog Eats Grass

You shouldn’t be surprised if your dog sometimes eats grass and vomits. Most do that occasionally as a way to treat an upset stomach, and it would take more than a few mouthfuls of grass clippings to cause harm.


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