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balbal
Jan 2, 2018 9:33 AM CST
Hello, we have planted grass from seeds in our garden in April and from about september the grass is having circles and started to get yellow. Now about half of the garden looks like this and spreading. In september we have also planted grass carpet which seems to got the \"infection\". Can you advise what could it be and what can we use to reverse the problem in the winter period? I\'d like to know what product we can use that is safe for our dogs, or at least have a short period when they cannot use it. Thank you in advance.
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sooby
Jan 2, 2018 9:52 AM CST
Welcome! I'm not sure I see a problem. The over-all yellowing could be from cold weather, and the dark green circles (especially the one with a dead centre) could be from the dogs peeing on the lawn (or some could just be a different species of grass). Do other people's lawns look similar at this time of year there in Hungary? Do you know what kind (species) of grass it is? Edited to add, have you fertilized the grass at all?
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greene
Jan 2, 2018 10:09 AM CST
I have dogs and wherever they urinate, there are dead spots surrounded by a lush growth of weeds, very much as I see in your photo.

As for the yellowing, do you or did you fertilize the lawn? Have you been watering the lawn? The yellowing could be from an uneven application of fertilizer. Or the lawn could be dry. In the winter, grass loses the green color and turns brown/yellow and will come back to green in the spring when the weather warms.

I see that the area near the wall is lush and green. The wall may be creating a microclimate that is slightly warmer than the other parts of the lawn.

To protect your lawn, it may be a good idea to limit your dogs to a small portion of the lawn until they have finished urinating. Once they have finished doing that, they can be allowed to play in the other part of the yard. That will help to keep your lawn more evenly green, less spotty.

So, limit the dogs to only one area, wait for spring, fertilize the lawn and water as needed and the lawn should begin to look evenly green once again.
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balbal
Jan 2, 2018 12:37 PM CST
thank you both, actually some yellowing can happen especially if the winter period is long but as it only affects a part of the lawn, i thought this could be an issue. Actually i have not used any chemicals on the grass as we did not want to risk our dogs. Watering was always performed regularly. Can you maybe suggest a fertilizer that is pet-friendly or needs short time to allow the dogs on it?
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RpR
Jan 2, 2018 12:48 PM CST
Water soluble fertilizer will not harm the dogs and is worth doing at least once as it will give the grass that is stressed by your dogs a boost plus will give you a, relatively , even, green for one year while adding nutrients besides Nitrogen.
When we had cats that spent hours each day outside, we only were careful if we had to put something down for insects.
Skeets.
We never worried about fertilizer and they all got old, and some got fat.
If you water, you can put down a dry fertilizer and then lightly water if before sundown as it will mostly soak in by the next day.
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greene
Jan 2, 2018 4:11 PM CST
But should the fertilizer be applied while the grass is dormant in winter? or should balbal wait until early spring to apply?
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RpR
Jan 2, 2018 5:55 PM CST
He can apply it anytime except during a long dry spell if he is not watering.
I usually put what is called winter, dry, fertilizer down in the fall right up into Nov.
I do not think it would be a great idea to put down on frozen ground as a heavy rain could wash it into low areas, leaving some areas free of fertilizer.

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