With one easy and pet safe item, you can get rid of dead brown dry spots on grass caused by pet urine. Read on for the big surprise!

Step 1: Materials

Beer! - it can be hot or cold, fresh or flat. Use a regular beer.
Not light beer, malt liquor or a wine cooler.

Beer has lots of fermented sugars and nutrients. A dead patch will absorb the sugars and nutrients thus helping the soil below. The beer acts as a fertilizer and provides nutrients to new grass growth. The beer will strengthen the grass and neutralize the nitrogen in pet urine. (Woo hoo, science!) Beer eliminates fungi, as well.

Continue on to see how it's done!

Step 2: Here We Go!!!

Use 8 ounces for about a 10 inch spot. Pour beer directly on dry spot.

Give it a week.

Step 3: Follow Up...

Check spot a week later for growth. Add more beer, if needed.

Continue until area is healed.

Step 4: Enjoy Your New Green Grass!

That's it!
<p>my brown spots are not all from dog urine. Will beer work for those brown patches as well?</p>
it should
<p>it is a mirical it worked on my 10 acres of property</p>
<p>we're you're spots from pet urine?</p>
<p>uh, that's Science..not silence....stoopid spell check.</p>
<p>Funny how even with photos, documentation and basic silence facts, there's always someone who &quot;knows better&quot; as AmyLuthien so eloquently explained, This is fact.</p><p>And yes it is female dogs that make the &quot;dead&quot; spots. Though I am not a scientist, I am a dog trainer/companion. If this beer &quot;trick&quot; didn't work, I'd have a yard of pee dirt rather than the full green happy dog yard I do have.</p><p>If ya doubt something, find the facts before you go trying to shoot someone down. BTW cobaltxxx, have YOU made an 'ible we can go and blindly discount? </p>
<p>I make Kombucha tea. I wonder of the components of the fermented tea and sugars would work the same way?</p>
No it doesn't. Beer acting as a fertilizer is a myth.
Its the nitrogen in beer that helps the grass. A couple other things but cant remember off the top of my head.
<p>Thank you. Plants cannot take up sugars anyway. It gets into soil chemistry that is far too involved to cover here. It is chemically impossible.</p>
<p>You are correct, plants cannot take up the sugars. However, soil microbes can, and without those, the plants are not going to grow. ;) </p>
<p>Which microbes would that be and how do they help? Do you have facts or partial facts or shooting from the hip? Look people we can have healthy debate to learn from each other or act like kiddos. Just because someone may present a view or facts that differ from your own thinking, don't take it as a personal attack. Science of all types depends on this method.</p>
<p>No, I am speaking from a college education, a degree in horticulture and 30-odd years experience as a professional greenhouse grower, and granted, my knowledge in soil science is pretty limited to knowing it exists and what I need to know to take advantage of it in regards to plant growth. I do not profess to be an expert in the field, I am not a scientist, not too many professional growers are.</p><p>In a nutshell, there exists many species of beneficial, symbiotic bacteria known as rhizobacteria (one of millions of single-cell organisms referred to as microbes.) Rhizobacteria tend to concentrate on root surfaces (rhizo = root, although there are free-living species as well), they aid plants in fixing N (nitrogen) and in binding essential metals needed for plant growth (i.e. copper, iron, molybdenum etc.) In completely sterile soil with no rhizobacteria, plants are unable to take up essential nutrients and if the situation is not corrected, they will yellow and eventually die no matter how much fertilizer and water you apply to the effected plants (what you would need at that point is to employ a biofertilizer to fix the situation.)</p><p>Mostly what is happening here with using beer to reverse pet urine damage is called soil flushing. You can achieve the same effect faster using plain water. Urine is mostly urea (a form of nitrogen), and too much of it will burn plant roots, killing them (thus the dead spots in the lawn.) No roots means the plant cannot take up water, and if it can't do that, it dries up and dies. Beer has a lot of water in it, so it would flush away some of the urea. Beer also contains CO2 (carbon dioxide) which is essential to plants, they use it in photosynthesis (I'm going to assume at this point you paid attention in science class in school.) CO2 however is only used by the &quot;above-ground&quot; parts of the plant, not the roots (note that some plant's roots are also above ground, but for the purposes of this explanation, I won't address them.) Roots need O2 (oxygen) instead, so pouring a beer on them for the CO2 benefits would simply be a waste of beer. However beer also contains some trace minerals, so in theory, it would work in helping to re-condition soil that had been flushed by adding back some of those flushed away trace minerals, encouraging both the rhizobacteria to repopulate the effected area, and the grass to grow there again. Compost however, would work much better in that regard.</p><p>In short, there is no harm to pouring beer on dead spots in the lawn, there are some small benefits to it. There are however better methods to use, but in a pinch, beer won't hurt anything. Personally, I'd save the beer for myself instead, but I will not mock or naysay anyone who would like to experiment with, or use it. If it works for them, then that is all that counts.<br><br>I tried to keep things simple, however you wanted more science cobaltxxxfusion, so there you go. I hope you've learned something today.</p>
<p>Geesh, thanks for keeping it simple. I think I just might be able to understand. &quot;I hope you learned something&quot; Come on, Really? Most of what you wrote was very well written and true. However Biofertilizer is just slow release, when it breaks down it is no different than any other fertilizer. Most beer do not contain live fungi and even if they did the dominant species would be the ones you mention in your post, and the CO2 is basically insignificant. Quacks like Jerry Baker, promote these curious methods that again have no fact to substantiate their clams. Have I learned something today? Yes, I have learned something and that people want to believe the ridiculous as true as if they have discovered some hidden secret. Beer will help wash the salts off the vegetation and might yet very insignificantly leach away some excess nitrogen but the salts in the urine case the damage. Simple fact is a glass of water would have the same effect as a beer Your snotty remarks just show your insecurity. </p>
<p>Ah, I see. You're just one of those people who's looking to start a fight on &quot;teh interwebs.&quot; I was merely trying to teach you something, because there is a very obvious hole in your education, you however just want to be aggressive and well, snotty. Good luck with that, I'm sure it will take you far in life kiddo. As for Jerry Baker, I haven't a clue who he is.</p>
<p>GO LOOK UP JERRY BAKER'S BOOK&quot;S. I have used many of his mixes, including lawn spraying with beer. They work very nice, just as he described in his books. Beer does indeed help good microbes, go here:</p><p>http://www.jerrybaker.com/tips-and-tonics#</p>
<p> Thank you for being scientific. There exists too much magical thinking and superstitious nonsense, folk remedies, and etc. The proliferation is astonishing. I have college educated friends, two of them RNs, who use homeopathic remedies. they like that it is &quot;natural&quot;. yikes! don't get me started : /</p>
<p>Perhaps they know something you don't? I have had great luck with homeopathic allergy medications. Also, I have seen very good results with using herbal compresses and salves for skin problems. A lot of modern medicine comes from using &quot;folk remedies&quot; and could easily lose some of the compounds that are useful in refining them. I would take advice from your RN buddies. </p><p>As for the beer helping dead spots in the lawn from animals, why would it have to be from nutrients? There's a lot of stuff that goes on besides whether or not lawns take up sugar. For example, I've had wonderful results getting new roots to grow in my orchids by using seaweed based products. There may be other compounds that actively help the grass recover. </p>
<p>Dear Carol1023. Please look up the definition of homeopathic on the internet. wikipedia is good. Homeopathic medications cannot work, because they are so diluted they contain NO active ingredients. and since your herbal meds are not regulated by the FDA, they don't even have to contain what they say on the label. And they may contain mercury and other toxins.These are the &quot;snake oil&quot; of the 21st century. </p>
<p>Yeah, strange, isn't it, that my allergies respond so well to the homeopathic treatment? I guess, even if it doesn't have any value, it sure doesn't have any side affects and I quit sneezing. Quite offensive to my scientific mind and training. :) </p><p>My herbal meds are compounds I make myself. I do know they have the herbs in them that I think they do, so I avoid that pitfall. I really did used to agree with you, as I said, I come from a very scientific background. However, as time as gone on and personal experience and the realization that an awful lot of &quot;science&quot; is just as junky as the unregulated stuff (poorly designed studies, hypothesizes that are self fulfilling, &quot;science&quot; paid for by drug companies with a stake in the findings - who then pay the FDA for approval, things like that), I've come to trust my own judgment as to what is really best for me. I'm afraid that the FDA is as full of snake oil as anyone, sad to say. </p>
<p> What is the name of this homeopathic treatment for allergies, that caused you to quit sneezing. </p>
<p>Between these 2 views on homeopathy or any folk, herbal or home remedy exists the idea of placebo. Far from being a negative the placebo effect can explain a lot of success with some of these alternative remedies people take. For my money I'd rather successfully &quot;cure&quot; myself of various maladies using the placebo effect positively than risk the side deleterious side effects of many of the scientifically created drugs from the western medical establishment. As Carol1023 stated there is a lot of junk science out there too. </p><p>For the skeptics I am not suggesting that we should shun the conventional doctors treatments when appropriate. If I have a broken bone or a head wound I will submit to the emergency room doctor's treatments. However, I may help myself along with herbal support for my body's immune system or to alleviate pain. Why does it have to be an either or situation?</p>
Side note Allergies use a local honey! Quit buying pills! Lol
<p>We're asked to be positive and constructive here, so I'll just provide a very informative link. Take a look at <a href="https://youtu.be/c0Z7KeNCi7g?t=697" rel="nofollow">this video</a> from the 11:37 point on for a discussion about how homeopathic remedies work.</p>
<p>they probably take it because it works for them. so what if you think it's placebo (or if it is placebo). I've learned to not knock something down just because the majority says it's impossible-especially when I haven't tried it or it deals with the human body, which is way more complex than most people say it is, much more so than designing machines or building something physical. their logic of &quot;natural&quot; may be off, but nobody should stand in their way; it's their choice, their money. the only warning is if they are so infatuated with homeopathy that their judgment of when to use standard protocols is clouded to the extreme. </p><p>Personally I recovered from something very terrible with homeopathic cell salts, and I used acupressure to relieve a few other ailments. To those who are trained to reflexively say &quot;oh that's placebo&quot;, I ask: Did I not want the 10 things I tried that didn't fix me to work just as much as the one that finally did? We're increasingly being trained to distrust our own observations and feelings and depend on &quot;experts&quot;. When you try a remedy, and you feel the effect is immediate, you should trust that instinct.</p>
<p>I read an article years ago, (Popular Mechanics or Popular Science) can't remember which. The article was about a golf course that sprayed low grade bear on the grounds to keep them rich and green.</p><p>Your comment therefore, is contrary to the practice of a professional landscaper taking care of a golf course.</p><p>If I'm not mistaken, this practice was done once a year, I which I could remember which mag it was. Maybe it was Mother Earth News?</p>
<p>no, while the acidity of kombucha tea is low, its still effectively vinegar, and vinegar is known to kill off a variety of weeds and plants. i would not risk it. regular old tea or old coffee can help in moderation, especially if you have alkaline soil and acid loving plants. </p>
<p>really nice idea!! so now I can buy some beer for my lawn... jajaja</p>
<p>Hey! Thats Alcohol Abuse!<br>Put it in your belly or give it to somebody who will, sir.</p>
&quot;Cletus, what are you doing?&quot;<br><br>&quot;I'm just gettin' the grass drunk, Martha!&quot;
<p>Thanks! Great 'Ible!</p>
<p>Earlier that day @ work:<br>What Dave's boss actually said: &quot;A happy employee is a productive employee...&quot;<br>What Dave heard: &quot;Feed your lawn drunk&quot;<br>;'D</p>
<p>crazy funny both @nerfrocketeer and @xUNMERITEDx.. this site doesn't allow a thumbs-up or upvote though :(</p>
<p>&quot;We have a <strong>be nice</strong> comment policy. <br>Please be positive and constructive.&quot;<br>Paradox: You can flag an comment but not like them :S<br>How's that for nice, positive and constructive? ;)</p>
<p>True! Maybe you (or I) should post a community form topic on that subject?</p>
<p>Haha thanks! (It doesn't allow @mentions either. I know you replied to me by simply seeing that you clicked the reply button! It takes some getting used to, I know.</p>
<p>Lol </p>
<p>Thanks, I love this idea. We homebrew and sometimes I spread the spend grain on a patch of dying lawn, seems to revive it....no idea why, just does. No science, no theories to lose my ego over. Just observation. Once in a while the beer sucks (undrinkable experiment), so now I will try dumping that on bare patches of lawn. Remember, the ancient Egyptians had no idea why they put moldy stuff on infections 4,000 years ago, yet we now know.</p>
<p>Real science: You pour beer on the lawn, it gets rid of the brown spot. Then you seriously study it. Saying it won't work without trying the experiment is not science, it is being egotistical. If it works, it works. It may not work for the reason the author states. Plain fact, if something works through experience it works. Determining why is part of science, finding it does not through actual experimentation, not pomposity due to an education, is science. Again, if it works after testing, it works. No reason need be given. And if the wrong reason is given and it still works, it works. I have no opinion, I have not tried it.</p>
<p>Tou know that it's a female dogs urine that will kill the grass not a males . It is the hormones in the urine that does it even through two feet of snow !! Got a male and a unfixed female and you can see exactly where she pees !! </p>
<p>Ah! Finally a use for all this domestic beer I keep getting given as &quot;&quot;&quot;GIFTS&quot;&quot;&quot; whenever I help someone out.</p>
<p>Oh, thank you! Finally - a use for beer!</p>
<p>For my lawn I'd need a few barrels!</p>
<p>If you're into brewing your own beer, the trub (left over yeast scum at the bottom) is awesome stuff for the yard.</p>
<p>I hate to shoot down anyone's work as I especially admire anyone who makes an instructable, however this claim is completely unfounded in any research. The claims and reasoning stated are just not founded in good science. I was a Extension Horticulturist for 9 years and a adjunct professor for 8 years. The only benefits from this treatment will be the water from the beer. Go to your local Cooperative Extension office and get information that is based in documented research specific to your location, also it is free. To the author, I respect your effort but next time do your homework before you make your recommendations. </p>

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