Fix Burnt Grass & Dog Urine Spots With This Easy Solution!

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Summer is a beautiful time of year to sit out and relax in your yard. But the suns rays can do some major damage to your lawn. And what about those furry friends? Experts say, certain PH levels found in dog pee can leave unsightly brown spots that stick out like a sore thumb! Solve both of these problems in snap.

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Solution #1 - Brown, burnt grass? Try this simple solution.

All you need is some epsom salts and baking soda.

Step 1) Grab some epsom salts.

Step 2) Sprinkle epsom salts all over the burnt grass area. Watch how much I use in the video below.

Step 3) Water the area regularly until the grass begins to turn green and come alive again.

Solution #2 - The PH levels in dog urine can leave brown patches in the grass. Want to fix it? Try this!

Step 1) Mix a solution made up of 1 gallon of water and 2 TBSP of baking soda.

Step 2) Pour the entire solution over the burnt spot. Watch the video below to see how much my grass had improved in one week!

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  • Dawn Hallowell Dawn Hallowell on Aug 17, 2017
    what if your pet eats it will it hurt them?
    • Rachael Bruesch Rachael Bruesch on Aug 17, 2017
      No, eco friendly solution
    • Diane Diane on Aug 23, 2017
      I thought salt dried stuff up? How does this work scientifically?
    • Clara Duarte Clara Duarte on Aug 23, 2017
      Epsom salt is another name for magnesium sulfate, which contains magnesium, sulfur and oxygen and is used as an electrolyte replenisher.
    • Carolyn Smith Carolyn Smith on Aug 23, 2017
      Epsom salt is also a laxative, dissolve in warm water and it soaks away aches and pains, in addition to the fact that it makes hydrangea a deeper blue.
    • Suz Macey Suz Macey on Aug 23, 2017
      We were told by a Certified Gardener to use Epsom Salt instead of Miracle Grow. He said it was the same stuff, and a whole lot cheaper.🤔
    • Cynthia Shafer- Hoag Cynthia Shafer- Hoag on Aug 23, 2017
      FYI ... it's not the PH balance causing the brown spots in the yard, it is nitrogen in the urine. if you maintain your yard the fertilizer you apply contains nitrogen then when your dog urinates he adds more nitrogen which actually over fertilizers that area turning it brown. The best thing to do is to water the area right after your dog urinates to dilute the extra nitrogen.
  • Mzk26339853 Mzk26339853 on Aug 23, 2017
    Does it take care of the urine order? I may have to try this
    • Big28615433 Big28615433 on Aug 23, 2017
    • Kathy Kathy on Aug 23, 2017
      You could smell it if you have an unaltered male. Consider getting it neutered. If it's not an unaltered male, I would take it to the vet. You shouldn't smell urine.
    • Winnie Winnie on Aug 23, 2017
      There's a product out there called Simple Green Pet Odor Remover. Hook the container up to a hose & spray away!
    • Mzk26339853 Mzk26339853 on Aug 23, 2017
      My dogs are neutered and spayed. I rescue. I have 7-9 dogs in my house and peeing in my yard. I use all kinds of stuff. Lime Simply green and many other products.
  • Linda Linda on Aug 23, 2017
    i could not get the video to work. is there some place i can find out how much epsom salt to use?
    thank you
    • Mary Mary on Aug 23, 2017
      if your pet eats good dog food it does not leave these yellow spots in your yard
    • Deborah S Cripple Deborah S Cripple on Aug 23, 2017
      Just sprinkle epsom salt all over your brown grass and water it in daily...a little goes a long way to make your grass green again!
    • Deborah S Cripple Deborah S Cripple on Aug 23, 2017
      Do it every month or so, the grass loves it!
  • Jo Jo on Aug 23, 2017
    How much salt??
  • Jane McEwan Jane McEwan on Aug 23, 2017
    what a about rabbit droppings?
  • Judy Bonifield Judy Bonifield on Aug 23, 2017
    How soon can dogs use this area after it is spread and watered in?
    • Diana Collins Diana Collins on Aug 23, 2017
      neither baking soda or Epsom salt is poisonous to dogs or people so it should be ok to use. However, it may not solve the problem if the dog immediately urinates in that area again.
  • Linda Linda on Aug 23, 2017
    Will this work on bushes where my male dog lifts his leg and goes?
    • Cindy Cindy on Aug 23, 2017
      Hi Linda, yes, you can use Epson Salt on practically any plant or tree. I would advise to dilute a tablespoon of Epson Salt in a gallon of water. Sprinkle it on your troubled spot and then water it real good. The extra water helps the root system to receive the Epson Salt. This process puts enzymes back into the soil.
    • Julien K., Hometalk Team Julien K., Hometalk Team on Aug 24, 2017
      Yes, I compltely agree with the previous comment.
    • Linda Linda on Aug 24, 2017
      Thanks! I'll give it a try. I'm trying to keep him from going there all the time but sometimes I'm a little too late to tug him away!
  • Laura Harp-Biven Laura Harp-Biven on Aug 23, 2017
    I have Epson salt with a lavender scent. Will that work or does it gave to plain Epson salt?
    • TT TT on Aug 23, 2017
      you can use just table salt if u have it, sprinkle on spots will green right up n few days
    • Linda Linda on Aug 23, 2017
      Table salt is sodium and Epsom salt is magnesium. I would think the sodium would burn.
    • Julien K., Hometalk Team Julien K., Hometalk Team on Aug 24, 2017
      Yes, be sure to use Epsom salt! I don't believe the scent should harm it.
    • Diana Brewer Diana Brewer on Aug 24, 2017
      Regular table salt will kill the grass there for good!  Only use epsom salt.
    • Felicia Felicia on Dec 15, 2018

      I want some scented Epsom salt!?! Where did you get it? Might even bring an unexpected pleasant fragrance to the yard! Bonus!

  • San7570995 San7570995 on Aug 23, 2017
    How many times a week do you do this ? Only once ?

    • Julien K., Hometalk Team Julien K., Hometalk Team on Aug 24, 2017
      I only do it once when I see the spot and continue to water the grass as weekly if necessary.
    • 47j8279863 47j8279863 on Aug 24, 2017
       Is that only for urine,,,,we have a large patch of yellow grass ,,I have ha e been racking and watering and the large patch is sill yellow,,,,,help
    • San7570995 San7570995 on Aug 24, 2017
      Thank you.
    • Lynn Goins Lynn Goins on Sep 06, 2017
      My cousin had a meticulous lawn....until they got a dog. The vet told him to feed the dog a teaspoon of ketchup everyday. It worked! The ketchup does something to the urine that counteracts the "burning chemical". It's easy and cheap.

    • San7570995 San7570995 on Sep 06, 2017
      Bummed, the baking soda water mix did not work for me. Still have the yellow spots after two weeks and watered as usual.
    • Holly Bedford Horner Holly Bedford Horner on Sep 12, 2017
      The soils in the US (and everywhere) are drastically different in pH. A general rule of thumb is eastern soils are often acidic, and western soils are often alkaline. That may be why the baking soda/ Epsom salts works in CT, and the ketchup (acidic from tomatoes and vinegar) works in KS. I live in CO and have alkaline soils and alkaline water. I never use soda or epsom salts on my soil. Will be trying the ketchup though- thanks for the hint!
    • Cheryl Gillman Cheryl Gillman on Nov 21, 2017
      I live in East Coast Canada (the maritimes) I have a king shephard/his key mix and a Staffordshire terrier, and my yard is quickly turning yellow and a lot of spots are going to just dirt :/ would this work on my yard?
    • Felicia Felicia on Dec 15, 2018

      I live in Northern Colorado and had an old timer who would bring me baskets of his vegetable harvest every year, tell me he used Epson salt as his secret potion! Thank goodness he is no longer with us, because I was sworn to secrecy!!

  • Pat Pat on Aug 24, 2017
    Could you mix the Epsom salt with water instead of the baking soda.
    • Susan Susan on Mar 04, 2018

      either or both or neither !!!

      - try it and see what works for YOU. Baking soda is CHEAP and Epsom salt will last a long time if you use it properly.

    • Peter Peter on Mar 04, 2018
      I didn't see anyone mixing the 2. They solve different problems.
  • Patti Patti on Sep 01, 2017
    Can you use epson salt On st Augustine grass
    • Deborah Spitzer Deborah Spitzer on Mar 04, 2018

      I have St Augustine grass. I put Epen salts into a hand held sprinkler several times a summer and just spread the entire lawn just prior to a rain or sprinklers are to water. I do go lightly with the Epin salts. The grass seems to love it. Epin salts is Magnisium. I also have a small dog with no problem

    • Susan Susan on Mar 04, 2018

      "Epsom" salt (not Epen or Epin) can be used on ANY green plant, it promotes "greening" - it will not cause blooming or help blooming... so use it on ANY grass

  • Nanci Nanci on Mar 04, 2018

    What’s best for burnt grass due to over fertilizing .... the salts or the soda?

  • Lis21311643 Lis21311643 on Mar 04, 2018

    Great idea and wonder where do you buy the epsom salt at ? I have two dogs . I can't wAit to use it.

    • Holly Wildey Holly Wildey on Mar 04, 2018

      You can get epsom salts in Walmart or the grocery store. Look for it in the personal hygiene section as it is used for soaking feet among other things.

    • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Mar 04, 2018

      I got my Epsom salt recently at Walmart. It was with the baking soda. I think I found it near the flour and corn meal, then again in the detergent aisle. I would have looked for it in the gardening dept, too. Baking soda ought to be in every department in the store because it has so many uses, along with vinegar and Epsom salt.

    • Joanne Layton Woods Joanne Layton Woods on Mar 05, 2018

      Sometimes Epsom salt is in the area with first aid near the pharmacy

    • Cathie Monroe Cathie Monroe on Mar 05, 2018

      I buy Epson salt at the $Tree in the personal care aisle.

    • Cin9512253 Cin9512253 on Mar 09, 2018

      In addition to foot, etc soak, people use Epsom salts as a laxative. So you can find it at the pharmacy. I've never used it as such, just FYI.

    • Kep32357849 Kep32357849 on Mar 17, 2018

      You can find it much cheaper at a farm supplies store ... only difference is it will not be food grade

    • Tina Feltes Gasparro Tina Feltes Gasparro on Apr 16, 2018

      Salt is bad for dogs, what if the dog goes over and licks or eats the salted areas? will it affect them?

  • Liza Liza on Mar 05, 2018

    I'm not sure I fully understand. If the dog goes in the same area won't it just continue to burn the grass? Or is there something in the mixture that deters the dog from peeing in the area again? My dog was trained to go up by our fence line, but still would like green grass.

    • Nancy Nardone Nancy Nardone on Mar 07, 2018

      I tried baking soda and must have done something wrong because all the grass died where the baking soda touched. Now all the dirt holds urine and the smell is atrocious . I guess I have to resod. darn

    • Lin Collins Lin Collins on Mar 16, 2018

      Nancy, resodding will not change anything if your dog is doing his business in the same place. The goal is to neutralize the dirt and change the ph bal so the grass will grow. One very helpful thing to do is to spray the area with the hose this diluting the urine. If this area smells it is because he's doing more than urinating and no one is cleaning up after him.

    • Pam Pam on Apr 13, 2018

      You can buy special Dog Rocks Urine Patch preventer from Amazon to put in the dog’s drinking water. They stop the urine from burning the grass.

  • Tina Feltes Gasparro Tina Feltes Gasparro on Apr 16, 2018

    Salt is bad for dogs, what if the dog goes over and licks or eats the salted areas? will it affect them?

    • Jewellmartin Jewellmartin on Apr 26, 2018

      Epsom salt is not like table salt, which will kill grass. It actually adds nutrients that the soil under the burned grass needs. It is not poisonous to dogs or cats in the small amount they may lick or eat. And I think it tastes bad! If a pet eats some of the Epsom salts, give it lots of water, but a trip to the vet is usually not necessary. ☺️

    • Regina Micciche Regina Micciche on May 09, 2018

      Epsom salt isn’t poisonous to dogs or cats. Plus it will dissolve with the water.

  • Cme20162661 Cme20162661 on Apr 26, 2018

    Does this work for HORSE burt grass too?

  • Cme20162661 Cme20162661 on Apr 26, 2018

    Does this work for HORSE burt grass too?

  • Alex Alex on May 12, 2018

    Do you use both solutions one after the other? Or, is this two different solutions to try separately? How often should we repeat?

    • Grandma jean Grandma jean on Jul 17, 2018

      It says Solution 1 and Solution 2. I’ve tried the baking soda solution last year. Didn’t do much.

    • Barb Jenkins Barb Jenkins on Apr 20, 2019

      Epsom salts for regular brown spots. Baking soda for dog spots.

    • Nancy Street Nancy Street on May 27, 2019

      I did the baking soda for dog spots. I had to apply it for several (3) days in a row and then I waited. It definitely made a difference.

  • Val33514791 Val33514791 on May 28, 2018

    How to get rid of dog urine smell on your grass?

  • Maepaull Maepaull on Apr 25, 2019

    How much epsom salt?

    • Velitta prather Velitta prather on Apr 26, 2019

      I am going to get a 4 lb bag and spread it on my grass with a whole lawn is brown. Hopefully it will work.

    • Morgan Arce Morgan Arce on May 05, 2019

      Come back in a month or so and tel us how it went!

    • Deana Roberts Deana Roberts on May 27, 2019

      I use this on my flowers and it greens them up.....not too strong. Put it in a sprayer that attaches to your hose.

  • Bibi Bibi on May 27, 2019

    How to get rid of those nasty love bugs stain on your car?

    • Lottie Crafts Lottie Crafts on May 28, 2019

      I scrubbed down the front of my car the other day with WD40. Wiped all the bugs off and then applied another coat so they wouldn’t stick again. Hubby wasn’t happy I didn’t wash it off but it was easier for him to clean. After he gave my car a good wash he used quick wax. If it was up to me I’d cover the front with Skin so Soft from Avon. 😆

    • Summer Griggs Perot Summer Griggs Perot on May 28, 2019

      Dryer sheets! Wipe your vehicle down with one. You might have to scrub and use a few it works! No damage to your vehicle either

  • Frank Frank on May 27, 2019

    How to keep squirrels and rabbits off my patio

  • Linda Carr Linda Carr on May 27, 2019

    do you have any suggestions on how to keep artificial grass from turning a little yellow from dog urine?

  • Liqui Green Liqui Green on May 29, 2019

    This is fantastic and we may have to use it as a suggestion for our stuff.

  • Shelia Poole Johnson Shelia Poole Johnson on Jun 03, 2019

    I had a burnt case iron pan. Have do I get it cleaned?

    • Debra A Giffin Debra A Giffin on Jun 03, 2019

      Sand. Rub sand until it’s clean. Do Not let wet sand in the pan, once you’ve rinsed it out, dry by heating over burner or in oven, greasing it lightly with lard or olive oil. Repeat until the inside is smooth and non stick. The outside should also be treated the same, oil lightly so you don’t have dripping oil in oven. Wash only with water, and dry immediately.

    • JoAnn Green JoAnn Green on Jun 03, 2019

      Is the sand the best thing to use?? I’ve used sandpaper is this better? Thanks

    • Kathy Lewis Kathy Lewis on Jun 04, 2019

      Try coarse table salt. Warm the pan lightly, turn off and then sprinkle the coarse table salt in the pan and let sit for about 15-30 minutes and then add a little water to the pan and lightly scrub. Rinse and let pan dry and then season with oil.

    • Gloria Isaacson Gloria Isaacson on Jun 04, 2019

      I use cast iron all the time and have burned more than I want to admit I soak the pan over night and then use a scraper I made from plastic bottles if the pan isn’t seasoned well I re-season with oil

  • Lori Smith-Esau Lori Smith-Esau on Jun 06, 2019

    Doesn't salt kill grass?

    • Maryse Fournier Maryse Fournier on Jun 15, 2019

      Epsom salt is not the same as regular salt.

    • Jodi Jodi on Jul 12, 2019

      I tried both. The epsom salt helped. The baking soda didn’t. I used lime from my garden center store. (The epsom salt was dissolved in water)

  • Uschi R. Uschi R. on Jun 07, 2019

    I really want to do this with my lawn, but how much do I have to use of epsomsalt and backing soda, how is the mix? Can't see athe Video!

    • MonkeyGirl MonkeyGirl on Jul 22, 2020

      Hi - According to the written instructions, you don't use both epsom salts and baking soda together.

      The epsom salt recipe is used for "sun-dried" burnt areas in your lawn; the baking soda recipe is used for patches of grass that have been "burned" by dog urine.

      I hope this helps!

  • Chris Craig Chris Craig on Jun 24, 2019

    What is the English equivalent of baking soda?

  • Kim Kim on Jul 14, 2019

    How can I get rid of creeping Charlie? I love the flower but it’s taking over the flower bed and surrounding areas

    • Lu Zuardi Lu Zuardi on Jul 16, 2019

      Is creeping Charlie the same as white morning glory? I have the same problem, taking over all over!

    • Mike Murphy Mike Murphy on Aug 24, 2019

      Bayer makes a product that kills weeds and doesn't harm your grass. Creeping Charlie is one of the weeds it kills. I've been using it for a few years and had no more creeping charlie in my lawn. Last year we had a macro-burst that knocked over many trees in my yard, mowing the lawn was impossible. When we finally got the trees out of the yard, the weeds were about 12" high and underneath them was ole Creeping Charlie. I sprayed the Bayer weed killer and in about a week, I saw Charlie starty to turn brown and hopefully with another few applications the weeds will also disappear. Lowes and Home Depot both carry this product

    • Mike Murphy Mike Murphy on Aug 24, 2019

      Creeping Charlie usually has a pretty purple flower in the spring about 2" above the ground, at least in my yard it appears that way

  • Peter Peter on Sep 09, 2019

    How often do I put the dog urine solution down! Daily? Weekly? 1x a day? So on and so forth! Thank you

    • Sherry Sherry on May 27, 2020

      Would be interesting to get an answer to your question Peter.

    • Jody Price Jody Price on May 27, 2020

      I guess we can experiment....since we're not getting an answer...

    • Julie Julie on May 28, 2020

      I'm guessing that you only do it once. I use grass savers from the pet store. There pills you give your dog depending on the weight of him/her. This has worked the best and I don't have to wait for the spots to show up.

    • RJP RJP on May 28, 2020

      If the treatment is required more than one application, I am certain the instructions would have indicated. After the initial application, if there is no improvement, additional applications might be indicated.

  • Lois Linsley Lois Linsley on Oct 30, 2019

    yes I will try it but I need to know how often you apply it

  • Anne Anne on May 27, 2020

    Looks like I’ll be trying this, this weekend.

    Question how many times do I have to apply??

    Thank you,


  • Leslie Leslie on Jul 11, 2020

    So is it Epsom salts or baking soda???

  • Kdeeinc Kdeeinc on Sep 15, 2020

    So this the only Epsom salt or could u use any

  • San San on May 13, 2021

    I have Zoysia grass. Is epson salt and baking soda safe to use when trying to fix yellow dead urine spots in lawn?

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on May 13, 2021

    The best way is to train them and give lots of positive reinforcement, or you could take your dog(s) for a walk.

    For the dead grass, dilute the pee as soon as possible with water. Rake the area to loosen the soil and replant grass seed.

    • MaryJo Glover MaryJo Glover on Jun 30, 2021

      Doesn’t work that way when ones neighbors doggies trot over! We actually have a fenced in side “potty yard”…..

    • Lainey Lainey on Jun 30, 2021

      Agreed, Redcatcec! We walk our dogs daily but even so, they will obviously pee if left outside in a yard, It was always fast and simple to train them to pee in dirt or gravel areas only. All kinds of dogs with all different backgrounds and they all learned quickly and would do so unattended. I do not believe in adding any type of product to the environment.

  • Debbie DeChellis Dunn Debbie DeChellis Dunn on Jun 30, 2021

    the video does not show this much epsom salt?

    • Donna Donna on Jun 30, 2021

      In the video, it shows her putting her hand in the bag of epsom salt and scattering it over the brown spots in the yard. That tells me that there is no precise measurement. Just grab a handful and scatter it then water it in.

  • Dawn Dawn on Jun 30, 2021

    If you have a lawn service that fertilizes your lawn, will the epsom salt still work?

  • Thanks for sharing 😊 Thanks for sharing 😊 on Jun 30, 2021

    Julien, I am so glad you shared this and will certainly be using this information. Thanking you so much for sharing 😊

  • Judy Silver Judy Silver on Jul 01, 2021

    How do you access the videos? I did not see a way to do this on my computer.

    Ideas sound good, and I have both products in the house already!


    • Lytle Johnson Lytle Johnson on Jul 01, 2021

      Click on the Geico video; you gotta watch it first in order to get to the dog pee video. (The Geico commercial was actually entertaining!)

    • Katana Mason Dixon Katana Mason Dixon on Jul 07, 2021

      my commercial was uber, yours could be anything. Let it play, her videos will follow

  • Faye Edwards Faye Edwards on Jul 01, 2021

    This might be silly but wouldn't watering your grass regularly with a deep a soak prevent grass burning and also not cutting it so short too?

    • Jerry Jerry on Jul 01, 2021

      It's not a silly question Faye. Urine is very acidic (low pH), baking soda is just the opposite, basic and high pH, which will neutralize the acidic urine without having to flood that area of the lawn. It will save you water and work quickly without having to leach the urine below the root zone.

  • Denise Denise on Jul 06, 2021

    Would the soda water or Epsom salts work on house plants and flower potted plants outside to grow bigger and better?

    • Bobbi Bobbi on Jul 06, 2021

      I would not advise to ever add “salt” products to house plants or outdoor flowering plants. Many people will steer clear of watering their houseplants with water treated with a water softener for that exact reason. Water softeners filter through salt as well and are not good for your plants. I’m not a professional, but just know from experience that this is not the thing to do. Thanks, Bobbi. icon

    • Sunday Arena Sunday Arena on Jul 06, 2021

      Yes, 2 tbs to one gallon of water, watering with this mix once a month.

    • Birdwatcher 42 Birdwatcher 42 on Jul 10, 2021

      Epsom salt is magnesium sulphate, which is good for stimulating flowering in plants. Salts are the overall name for chemicals that are a combination of cations and anions. The comment above by Bobbi is not accurate as it depends on the salt as to whether it will kill plants or not. Common table salt (sodium chloride) can kill some plants especially in large quantities, but fertilizer for improved plant growth is made up of a group of salts, like potassium chloride, ammonium nitrate and ammonium phosphate to name a few. Too much of any salt will kill plants and the build-up of salts from evaporation, in soil, also kills house plants.


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  • Ges51622981 Ges51622981 on Jul 06, 2021

    It isn’t the pH of dog urine that turns the grass brown, it the high nitrogen content that will cause the most browning. Most canine urine pH falls between 7-7.5 (water has a 7.0 pH), and it’s actually the higher pH of 8 (found if you are feeding a canine diet lower in meat protein) that can contribute to browning. Again, it’s the nitrogen content and a higher pH that turns grass brown. So the last thing you want to do is alkalize your grass with baking soda!

    This article has it all backward, most grasses prefer a slightly acidic environment anyway.

  • Julie Julie on Jul 08, 2021

    I give my female dog "Grass saver" @ Pet co. It helps with the grass burning from her urine. Read the weight limit. Mine is 48 lbs I give her one in the morning and one at night. If I start to see spots in the yard I will start giving her a extra one in the afternoon. Works great !!! No joke I have done this for years.