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    08 / 28 / 2017

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    Walter Reeves


Dave asks: Do you think this could be rabbits or deer? They eat the grass and poop on the lawn. Walter says: This is a real puzzler! I can see droppings of some animal in both pictures. It seems to me that rabbit damage would not include pulling tufts of grass out….just clipping the blades. A deer would pull upwards as they browse…. but I typically see more pellets in one spot when deer are present than I see here. And I’ve not heard of deer damage to a bermuda lawn before. Or maybe the droppings are just there accidentally and the damage is caused by something else. But if it is a fungus why isn’t the spot round? Why are there tufts of grass nearby?


  • James Hill Unregistered says:

    We have just finished fighting grubs in our yard. We had patches of grass missing. I had someone test and they found grubs all over the yard. Once we treated the problem seems to be under control and the grass is growing back.

    August 13th, 2017 at 5:57pm

  • Mary Wilson Unregistered says:

    Had same thing That’s rabbit poop.

    August 12th, 2017 at 8:03pm

  • Christina Unregistered says:

    I have seen raccoons pull up sod and moss in search of insects. I was puzzled umtil I saw a footprint in the mud.

    August 10th, 2017 at 5:00pm

  • Pam Moon Unregistered says:

    Photo date says a date not yet here. Maybe a doctored photo?

    August 10th, 2017 at 5:14pm

  • Allen Hines Unregistered says:

    I have exactly the same problem. Even looks exactly the same. My guess is that at some point gas leaked from a mower and poisoned the soil.

    August 10th, 2017 at 4:58pm

  • Charlie Brown Unregistered says:

    Had similar damage to my Meyer’s Zoysia late summer 2015. Security lights came on during night to reveal a monster raccoon digging for and feasting on white grubs. Terminated my yard service, now treat treat annually for grubs, and switched to using only Milorganite for fertilizer per directions. Yard looks great now and no futher animal damage since then. Do a grub test as a starting point.

    August 10th, 2017 at 4:27pm

  • Dave Bethel Registered says:

    That’s my favorite vegetation killer. Gasoline

    August 10th, 2017 at 4:21pm

  • Sally Unregistered says:

    Skunk will pull up grass like that, but usually in smaller patches. Google “scat pictures” to search for what animal leaves those droppings. Need to know what size and shape, you can’t really tell by the pictures… more oval or round, large or small. Sorry.

    August 10th, 2017 at 2:57pm

  • Betsy Roques Unregistered says:

    This damage is similar to that on our lawn last summer when an armadillo was digging for grubs. The shapes were irregular with tufts of grass nearby. We didn’t notice any droppings.

    August 10th, 2017 at 2:03pm

  • Bill from Fayetteville Unregistered says:

    My guess is it’s from an armadillo who for some reason, after scratching around sniffing out what he/she thought was a meal underneath, decided not to dig in that spot after all.

    August 10th, 2017 at 9:28am

  • Sharon Unregistered says:

    I had the exact same thing happen on my zoyzia lawn! 4 patches.

    August 10th, 2017 at 9:22am

  • Sharon Unregistered says:

    It looks like you may have the geese coming through the yard and pulling up the grass. They do this in my pasture and it looks just like that. Pay no attention to the poop, it is geese.

    August 10th, 2017 at 9:48am

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