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How to Treat Round Brown Spots in Lawns

By Alicia Bodine ; Updated September 21, 2017
Dog urine can cause brown patches in your lawn.
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Brown spots on your lawn are unattractive, not to mention a sign of some type of problem. Before you can correct the brown patches and restore your grass to a luscious green, you must identify the problem. Brown spots can occur as a result of dog urine, over fertilizing your lawn or brown patch disease. Brown spots can also mean that you have white grubs living under your grass.

Water the brown spots often with your garden hose if they are a result of too much fertilizer or dog urine. Both of these add too much nitrogen to the soil, which is why the grass dies out. Water will dilute the nitrogen.

Kill the fungus in your lawn that is causing the brown patch disease, if that is the cause of your brown spots. American Lawns recommends using a fungicide with either benomyl or chlorothalonil as its active ingredient. Follow all of the directions on the product label to completely get rid of the brown patch disease.

Add nematodes to your lawn if you have brown spots because of white grubs. White grubs are the larvae of the Japanese beetle. They feast on the roots of the grass, causing patches of dead grass. Nematodes are safe and will kill the grubs for you naturally. Just mix them with water as instructed on the packaging label, and spray them over your brown spots.

Reseed the brown spots once you have eliminated the cause of the brown spots. The soil will now be ready to grow new, healthy grass.


Things You Will Need

  • Garden hose
  • Fungicide
  • Nematodes
  • Grass seed


  • A soil test can be performed to find out if you have brown patch disease.


  • Sometimes a pathway can become brown because people's feet compact the soil repeatedly. If this happens, aerate the soil once or twice a year.

About the Author


Alicia Bodine has been a professional writer for 13 years. She has produced thousands of articles for online publications such as Demand Studios, GoBankingRates and WiseGeek. Bodine is passionate about gardening, travel, education and finance. She has received awards for being a top content producer.