Deer Urine spots on new lawn

Asked September 25, 2019, 9:09 AM EDT

We just laid a new lawn of RTF sod in our yard. The deer love the new cool spot to lounge. They also squat. Now we have a couple of dead circles, about 10” around where they have urinated. There are also piles of pellets. We try to hose those off but don’t see the urine until the grass turns brown. Do we need to replace this turf or just soak it until it regrows? Is there something that would neutralize the urine? Does deer repellent spray work?

Douglas County Colorado

1 Response

I found an article from an .edu site that addresses urine damage to lawns that references wild animals, not just the most common cause~dogs. There are suggestions on managing the problem. It says that most deer repellent products have not been proven. If your lawn is otherwise healthy, the turf should fill in on its own, without the need for replacing the turf or reseeding.

https://www.extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/ay/ay-327-w.pdf

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