Brown Spots in Lawn

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Brown Spots in Lawn

Post by Chuck Ducho » Sat, 08 Jun 2002 23:12:39



We have a number of brown spots in our lawn. They seem to be concentrated
where our two dogs frequently urinate.

How do I tell if it's from the dogs or if it's grubs.

If it is the dogs can I do anything to prevent this?

Getting rid of the dogs isn't an optin :-)

 
 
 

Brown Spots in Lawn

Post by D Ka » Sun, 09 Jun 2002 00:10:49


I would say with almost 100% certainty that it is the dogs.  Water the area
they have urinated on after they urinate (this works for house dogs where
you monitor them going in and out but not otherwise).  If this is not an
option, you can create an area (fill it with woodchips and a heavy feeding
plant) that you can train them to use.   It really isn't difficult to do so
given time.   The grass is going to be killed more easily when the ground is
dry.


Quote:
> We have a number of brown spots in our lawn. They seem to be concentrated
> where our two dogs frequently urinate.

> How do I tell if it's from the dogs or if it's grubs.

> If it is the dogs can I do anything to prevent this?

> Getting rid of the dogs isn't an optin :-)

 
 
 

Brown Spots in Lawn

Post by Allyn Dimoc » Sun, 09 Jun 2002 00:14:46


Quote:

> We have a number of brown spots in our lawn. They seem to be concentrated
> where our two dogs frequently urinate.

> How do I tell if it's from the dogs or if it's grubs.

> If it is the dogs can I do anything to prevent this?

That sounds like dog urine.  Too much nitrogen in the utine
overfertilizes the grass and it dies of "fertilizer burn".  (One of
the reasons that untrained dogs tend not to be welcome in their
neighbors' yards.)

(1) The best solution is to train your dogs urinate (mostly) in a
    single spot that is not going to bother you.

(2) If there are some lapses after training, take a hose and water the
    area heavily to disperse the urine over a larger area at much
    lower concentration.

The above is just parroting advice given some months ago in the rec.gardens
newsgroup...

 -- Allyn Dimock
 To reply to this message please use dimock at deas dot harvard dot edu.

 
 
 

Brown Spots in Lawn

Post by Phisherma » Sun, 09 Jun 2002 01:01:03




Quote:
>We have a number of brown spots in our lawn. They seem to be concentrated
>where our two dogs frequently urinate.

>How do I tell if it's from the dogs or if it's grubs.

>If it is the dogs can I do anything to prevent this?

>Getting rid of the dogs isn't an optin :-)

Make three 12" cuts in the lawn, and fold back the flap of turf.    If
you find several grubs, you have a grub issue to deal with.  Generally
they will be feeding on the edge of the brown spot.  Keep the dogs to
a specific area for their toilet.   Of course, the brown spots may not
be any of these.
 
 
 

Brown Spots in Lawn

Post by Lou Minatti » Tue, 11 Jun 2002 06:57:45


Quote:

> We have a number of brown spots in our lawn. They seem to be concentrated
> where our two dogs frequently urinate.

> How do I tell if it's from the dogs or if it's grubs.

Keep a Garden hose handy. When the dogs whiz in that spot, hose it down.
After a few days, if the spots are gone you'll know it was the dog whiz.

--
Great green globs of greasy grimy gopher guts.
http://www.watchingyou.com

 
 
 

Brown Spots in Lawn

Post by Brad Heidinge » Fri, 14 Jun 2002 01:08:30


Dog urine leaves a tell tale sign that grubs don't. A urine burn will be
brown in the middle but you will have lush greener grass on the outskirts of
the burn. This is b/c the nitrogen is diluted  on the fringes. It is like
applying a nice little dose of fertilizer. Unfortunately, it is too
concentrated in the middle, thus the burn.
Quote:

> We have a number of brown spots in our lawn. They seem to be concentrated
> where our two dogs frequently urinate.

> How do I tell if it's from the dogs or if it's grubs.

> If it is the dogs can I do anything to prevent this?

> Getting rid of the dogs isn't an optin :-)