Lawn spots – Fido, Fifi or snow mold

Fri. Mar. 27, 2020

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We love our dogs but not so much what they do to our lawns over the winter.  Fido or Fifi (or Gigi)  may have left some dead spots around the yard.

Gigi’s self made shelter! (She’s gone now but she was quite a delight, in spite of any lawn spots)
dog pee spots

Urine and your lawn don’t get along. You can buy a lawn repair kit at most garden centers or you can mix your own. The best grass seed is a mix of Kentucky blue grass with fine fescues and perennial ryegrass. Be sure to read the label for sun or shade areas.

After the soil has warmed up and isn’t wet, you can lift out the dead grass, loosen the soil and mix a handful of seed with a bucket of Creekside Supreme Gardener’s Mix and spread it out over fido or fifi’s spots.


Pink or Grey snow mold starts in the winter with infected plant debris that’s been left on the lawn.  This fungus will continue to grow if the area remains wet and cold.  We aren’t likely seeing it this year, but …

snow mold

IF you have any snow drifts yet, gently rake those out. This will help the area dry out faster, fungi don’t like it dry!  Fungicides are rarely recommended as snow molds don’t generally kill a lawn.