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Old 10-11-2014, 06:38 PM  
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Hi everyone.

A few weeks ago, a patch of my grass turned brown. Only 1 patch. I didn't know for sure if it was because the Fall is coming, or due to grubs or something else...

I covered the patch with a thin layer of top soil (about 1 inch). After a week or so, I saw some new green shoots coming out from the grass. But it's not all green. So the rest of the brown grass didn't come out.

Now I think of it, I don’t know of the top soil will actually smother the brown grass which may just be in a dormant state…

Will it?

What should I do now? Should I remove the top soil?

Thanks in advance!

Paul



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Try over seeding with some seed. Great time of year to do it.



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Just rake it in and water it. The grass will always find its' way to the sun. Adding top soil isn't going to fix it unless it was just a spot you didn't have lawn before. To get rid of the grubs or whatever is killing your lawn you might try what I do. Get some lawn insecticide and sprinkle it over, but especially beyond the effected area, because whatever is killing your grass moves on from the dead to to good. Water it in.

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That patch may be where the neighbor's dog (or yours) waters every day.

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That patch may be where the neighbor's dog (or yours) waters every day.
Ah, Great insight Carnuck! It could be a neighbor's dog...

If that's the case, is there any solution? I have heard of this product called Critter Ridder, but I think it's pretty expensive. Is there any cheaper way to discourage animals from getting on my lawn, let alone doing their deeds on there?

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Dog pee is like over fertilizing, turns brown for a while and comes back better than the rest of the lawn.

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Dog pee is pretty acidic. Some dog owners swear by keeping a bag of lime nearby to change the ph of the soil when needed.

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The photos shown don’t look like pet urine to me. In those cases you have strong grass all but the place that was urinated on and you will still see the grass it will just look dead and yellow. This looks more like poor soil conditions and a dormant grass growing there. Northern grasses are normally not the type that go dormant like the southern grasses where they over seed for the winter if they want green grass with an annual grass. People used to buy plugs and seed of a grass that was marketed as very thick and lush and it was supposed to take over your lawn. It sometimes did expand and it was a type that went dormant.

The idea behind top dressing is good but it should be done a little at a time not enough to bury the grass and seed racked in with the soil and even fertilizer. On golf courses it’s common to top dress the par 3 tees quite often as it fills in the divots. They toss soil around and then drag a chain matt to get it into the low spots.

When I first looked at your photos I assumed they were the before photos but maybe they are showing the results of the grass coming back. In that case it looks like you will be fine given some time. I would still rack in some new seed it’s a good time of year to get some started.



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