How to Revive Burned Grass

Are patchy yellow spots popping up all over your lawn? Have you tried everything to fill them in with luscious green grass? Reviving burn spots on your grass is not easy, but it helps to know what is causing them in the first place.

There are three main causes for burned grass:

  1. When lawns are experiencing strong sunlight and getting little water, it is very common for them to burn. If you are experiencing a drought, make sure to water your lawn regularly to avoid this damage. Burning commonly happens in the summertime, so be weary!
  2. You can burn your lawn if you use too much fertilizer. Over-using fertilizer kills the microbes that keep the grass healthy and growing. Refrain from using fertilizers in the summer because the grass could burn or turn brown.
  3. Burned patches of grass can also come from dog urine. Dog urine has a high concentration of nitrogen, so it has similar burning effects to over-fertilization.  If you have a female dog or a large dog, the patches are likely to be bigger because females urinate in one spot, and large dogs produce more urine.

Once you have determined why your grass is burning, you can better determine how to fix the burn. There are no guarantees that your grass will revive from the burn, but it is worth a shot! Here are some ways you can repair your burned grass:

  • If too much sun and too little water are your problems, the only real solution is consistent watering. This is the most important thing to pay attention to when trying to maintain a healthy, burn-free lawn. Set up some sprinklers in your backyard to hydrate your grass and bring it back to life. Make sure the water is spreading evenly! If a good rainstorm comes along, don’t assume that your grass will be cured. It still needs constant watering after the storm is over!
  • If your grass is burned from over-fertilizing it,you will need to find a balance of how much fertilizer to use. This will reduce the stress on your lawn. Check the back of your fertilizer bag for more details. You do not want to under-fertilize your lawn, but over-fertilizing will lead to more burning! The best kind of fertilizer to use in this situation is compost! You can buy compost or you can make it yourself (as our last article explained!).
  • If your dog is the problem, there are a few things you can do to stop the grass burning. Dogs that eat more protein produce higher amounts of nitrogen in their urine. Choose a high quality dog food that has low amounts of protein and the urine will be less likely to burn your grass.
  • Another tip that involves altering your dog’s diet to reduce your grass’s patchy burn spots is to give them more water. The more water they drink, the more diluted their urine will be. When their urine is diluted it is less potent, and less likely to burn your grass.
  • If you are in the middle of a drought, and your water supply is low, there are a few things you can do to help your grass. Only mow the lawn if the grass is at least three inches high. When you do mow, do not use a bag. The grass clippings will help your lawn stay moisturized.
  • Believe it or not, if you add sugar to the burn spot, it can help. This may sound strange, but the sugar protects the microbes that are necessary for the lawn to maintain healthy. Spread one pound of sugar to every three hundred square feet of lawn area to fight your burn patches!
  • Unfortunately, if none of these things work, then the burn damage is too much to repair. The next step would be to either re-sod or re-seed. Re-sodding is the best option. If you re-seed you might still be able to see some burn patches. This is the last resort, but it will fix your burn spot!

No one likes patchy, yellow, burned grass, but it is hard to get rid of. If you follow some of these steps, at least one is bound to help you. If you are too busy to fix your grass burns, call a professional! They will likely resort to re-sodding, and your grass will look as good as new! Don’t give up on your grass! You, too can have a beautiful lawn.