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Fertilizer and Mulch Dangers for Dogs

Getting ready to work in the garden this summer? Before you do so, make sure you know about potential garden dangers that can poison your dog. When in doubt, keep your pets inside while working with some of these common garden or yard additives.

Fertilizers
During the spring and fall, homeowners often use fertilizers to spruce up their lawn. Fertilizers come in two types: granules or water-based products (that are directly sprayed onto the lawn).
Fertilizers look scary – they often are applied by lawn services with warning signs stating that children and pets should be kept off the grass for at least 72 hours. In actuality, fertilizers are generally pretty benign; in fact, they typically have a wide margin of safety depending on what type of product is used.
What’s in fertilizer?
Most lawn fertilizers contain natural elements (such as nitrogen, potash and phosphorous) — often represented by numbers such as 10:0:40. Thankfully, these elements are generally non-toxic. Fertilizers may also contain insecticides for killing grubs, snails, etc. that generally result in mild gastrointestinal signs (e.g., drooling, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.) when ingested directly from the bag.
If your dog eats some grass that had fertilizer applied to it, it rarely leads to serious poisoning; that said, more serious signs can be seen when the product is directly ingested (i.e., right out of the bag). If ingested directly from the bag, the results can include tremors and seizures.
To avoid any poisoning risk to your pet, follow the labeled instructions carefully and keep your pets inside while you apply these products to the lawn. To be safe, keep your pets off the lawn until the product is absorbed by the soil (e.g., when the product dries if it’s a spray-on product, or after it rains if it is a pelleted product). When appropriately applied or diluted, these chemicals typically wash into the soil after rainfall, resulting in low-risk to dogs.
The most important thing is to make sure it’s not a fertilizer that has more dangerous products in it – some may contain iron, which can result in iron poisoning, and less common types may contain very dangerous insecticides such as carbamates or organophosphates. Thankfully, the EPA has limited the availability of these latter, more dangerous types of products. Carbamates and organophosphates can result in more serious, life-threatening clinical signs such as:

  • Drooling
  • Vomiting
  • Severe lethargy/collapse
  • Diarrhea
  • Excessive tearing
  • Urination
  • Abnormal heart rates
  • Difficulty breathing (due to bronchoconstriction)
  • Tremors
  • Seizures
  • Death

Again, these more dangerous types are rarely seen on the market nowadays but, when in doubt, make sure to keep the garage door locked and these fertilizers out of reach!
Organic fertilizers (e.g., meals)
Surprisingly, the more dangerous types of fertilizers are organic fertilizers. Most pet owners want to use “safer” products around their pets, and so they often reach for something organic. Organic fertilizers are typically “natural” fertilizers that are leftover byproducts from the meatpacking or farming industry. Examples include:

  • Bone meal
  • Blood meal
  • Feather meal
  • Fish meal

These organic “meals” are widely utilized as soil amendment products, fertilizer components, or as deer, rabbit and wildlife repellants. These products are often highly palatable to dogs; they smell gross, but good to dogs, and so they may tempt a massive ingestion (e.g., dogs ingesting several pounds of bone meal directly out of the bag). Another danger? Gardeners often mix organic fertilizers with other more dangerous fertilizers or chemicals (e.g., organophosphates or carbamates found in some older types of rose fertilizers; spring bulbs; etc.), resulting in dual poisoning with another product.
When meals are ingested, they can result in gastrointestinal irritation (e.g., vomiting, diarrhea, etc.), foreign body obstruction (from all the bone meal congealing into a large bowling-ball-like concretion), or even severe pancreatitis (i.e., inflammation of the pancreas). Treatment includes:

  • A thorough examination at your veterinarian’s office
  • Inducing vomiting
  • Xrays (to see if the material has passed out of the stomach or not)
  • Fluid therapy
  • Anti-vomiting medication
  • A bland diet.

Rarely, with massive ingestions, “pumping the stomach” (i.e., gastric lavage) may be necessary to get the product out of the stomach. Thankfully, most dogs do well with prompt treatment and supportive care.
Mulch
If you’re about to mulch your yard, pay heed! Most types of mulch are benign, but can result in a foreign body if your dog ingests them. Mulch is typically shredded tree bark, but can also come in different forms (e.g., compost or decaying matter; cocoa mulch; etc.). Cocoa mulch (which is made up from shells or hulls from the cocoa bean) is often used for home landscaping; it’s very fragrant when first placed in the yard, and smells faintly of chocolate. As a result, dogs may be tempted to ingest it. While many Internet sites discuss the dangers of cocoa mulch, it’s relatively rare for dogs to be poisoned by it. That said, there is still a small amount of theobromine (the chemical that results in chocolate poisoning) remaining in the mulch and when ingested in large amounts, this can cause signs of chocolate poisoning.

Signs of cocoa mulch poisoning include:

  • Not eating
  • Drooling/hypersalivating
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Anxiety
  • Hyperactivity
  • A racing heart rate
  • Constant panting
  • Dark red gums
  • Tremors
  • Seizures

The severity of clinical signs from chocolate poisoning will depend on how much cocoa mulch is ingested; in general, one or two licks or bites will not cause a problem. Regardless, make sure to keep the mulch out of reach of your dog for the first few weeks. Between sun, heat, and rain exposure, the likelihood of poisoning diminishes with time as the smell of chocolate rapidly dissipates.

What if my dog was poisoned by mulch or fertilizer?
If you suspect that your dog may have been exposed to something poisonous, contact your veterinarian or emergency veterinarian immediately. When in doubt, call ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at (888) 426-4435. They may be able to instruct you on how to induce vomiting and whether or not there is a poisoning risk.

Most importantly, keep your dog safe this summer by keeping these garden and yard poisons out of reach! Lock your garage, keep your dog on a leash or supervised when outside, and make sure to store lawn and garden products in secure containers!

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If you have any questions or concerns, you should always visit or call your veterinarian — they are your best resource to ensure the health and well-being of your pets.

When Should I Allow My Pets On the Lawn After Laying Down Fertilizer?

We know it’s true; pets have a way of becoming an integral part of your family. In the spring, we start to look forward to the time we will spend outside this summer, especially with our furry friends. It’s time to prepare your lawn for success with springtime fertilizer, but you also want to know how to juggle you pets daily yard time while doing so. Today, we are going to dive into the impact of fertilizer and when you can let your pets on the lawn after laying it down.

Fertilizer and Your Pets

The fertilizers used by Perennial Lawn Care are never a safety hazard to your pet’s health; however, it is advised you leave enough time between application and the presence of your pets to ensure caution and to make sure the fertilizer is able to do its job properly.

Fertilizer usually contains two key types of ingredients: insecticides and elements. Elements that come from nature, like nitrogen, typically aren’t a concern. Rather, it’s the insecticides meant to eliminate other small animals, like chinch bugs, grubs, and more, that could impact pets. If your pet does happen to experience lethargy, diarrhea, skin issues, or any other major changes in behavior, you should contact your veterinarian.

Fertilizer Types

The kind of fertilizer used plays a big role in how long you should wait before letting your pet back into your yard. If the fertilizer comes in pellet form, you should wait at least one full day before letting your pet into the area. The pellets do not absorb as easily as a liquid fertilizer. Liquid, on the other hand, absorbs more quickly, so pets can be let back onto the yard once it is clear that the fertilizer is absorbed.

Overall, if you want to play it safe, take your furry friend for some walks and to the dog park for a few days rather than the yard. Waiting two whole days is a surefire way to minimize potentially toxic exposure to pets.

The Benefits of Fertilizing with Perennial Lawn Care

When our professionals visit your home for a spring application of fertilizer, we can give you specific information about the fertilizer we are using and its ingredients. We can also tell you when it’s best to let your pets back into the yard. Take the guesswork out of fertilizer this spring. Give us a call at 973.423.1500, or contact us online today!

Posted on April 30, 2018 by Perennial Lawn Care

Fertilizing and Mulching This Spring? Keep Your Dog Safe

It’s warming up, and everywhere we look green things are sprouting and growing. It’s time to get out the shovel and the garden gloves and spend some time in your yard. It’s a fun time of year to be making sure your lawn is the greenest on the block.

But some of the very things that will make your garden grow and make your lawn a luscious green—such as fertilizers, mulch, and insecticides—have the potential to harm your dog, cat or other pets. Do you know what you’re putting on your lawn and how it will affect your pet? Here’s what you need to know before applying fertilizers and mulch this spring and summer.

Avoiding Lawn and Garden Toxins for Your Dogs

What’s in fertilizer, and why is it a potential danger to pets? The good news is that most fertilizers have fairly benign ingredients and should be completely safe 72 hours after application. However, if your dog decides to make a meal of any fertilizer, you could run into some serious issues.

There are two types of fertilizers: granules or water-based. Let’s examine the ingredients in both conventional and organic fertilizers, so you know what to purchase and what to watch out for.

What’s in Fertilizer?

Fertilizer is a mixture of natural elements—generally non-toxic elements—such as nitrogen, phosphorous, and potash. Some fertilizers contain insecticides.

If your dog or cat were to take a bite of grass shortly after you applied fertilizer, they aren’t likely to show any symptoms since the amount of fertilizer ingested would be small. However, if your pup found the bag of fertilizer and decided to have a snack, you may see symptoms such as tremors or seizures. This is why it’s important to store your fertilizer somewhere that your dog can’t reach and keep your dog off your lawn for 72 hours after application.

Ingredients to Watch Out For

Although the EPA has limited the availability of the truly dangerous fertilizers, there are a few on the market that still have potentially harmful ingredients. Look out for fertilizers with iron in them, as they can lead to iron poisoning, and don’t purchase any with insecticides that include carbamates or organophosphates. If your dog ingests fertilizer with carbamates or organophosphates, he or she will exhibit life-threatening symptoms such:

  • Vomiting
  • Drooling
  • Severe lethargy
  • Diarrhea or excessive urination
  • Abnormal heart rate
  • Tremors or seizures

Get your dog to a veterinarian immediately if you believe they’ve ingested a fertilizer with carbamates or organophosphates.

Organic Fertilizers

It may surprise you to know that organic fertilizers have the potential to be more harmful to your pet—not because of what’s in them, but because they’re a much bigger temptation for ingestion. Natural fertilizers are often leftover byproducts from meatpacking or farming companies, including bone meal, blood meal, feather meal, and fish meal.

To your dog, organic fertilizers smell delicious and they may prompt your dog to eat a hearty portion. Since these fertilizers aren’t meant for ingestion, they can cause gastrointestinal irritation or worse. Some organic fertilizers can congeal internally creating a foreign body obstruction in your dog, while others could cause severe pancreatitis.

If your believe your dog has ingested organic fertilizers, contact us for a thorough examination immediately.

Mulch

Finally, it’s important to note the dangers of mulch. Some types smell pleasant, but a common mulch called cocoa mulch can be dangerous to your dog. Cocoa mulch is made from the shells of the cocoa bean and can cause chocolate poisoning. If your dog has ingested cocoa mulch, they will likely exhibit these symptoms:

  • Not eating
  • Hypersalivation
  • Vomiting and diarrhea
  • Anxiety and hyperactivity
  • Racing heart
  • Excessive panting
  • Dark red gums
  • Tremors and seizures

Contact your vet right away if you suspect your dog or cat has ingested cocoa mulch. As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your pets’s health, contact us.

Scotts Fertilizer & Pets

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Scotts Company of Marysville, Ohio, manufactures fertilizer and plant food for gardens, houseplants, lawns and fields. The best known of these is sold under the Miracle-Gro brand name. The company says its lawn fertilizers are safe for dogs, but recommends following the directions on product labels.
Scott products most likely to come in contact with pets, particularly dogs and cats, are lawn and houseplant fertilizers.

MSDS Labels

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration requires manufacturers like Scotts to compile a Material Safety Data Sheet. It must describe the brand-specific chemical properties in each product as well as physical data, all known health effects, first aid treatments, reactivity to other materials, storage requirements, handling procedures, safe disposal methods, personal protection, and procedures in case of a spill or leak.

Health Effects

Pet owners should read the MSDS label of the Scotts fertilizer they intend to use. The health effects that are described apply to pets as well as humans. For instance, the Miracle-Gro All Purpose Lawn Fertilizer granules cause eye and skin irritation and can be harmful if swallowed.

Avoid Contact

Avoiding contact with Scotts fertilizer is the best protection for your pets. Scotts recommends keeping your dog or cat off a newly treated lawn, according to the directions on the label. For Scotts Turf Builder Lawn Fertilizer, the company recommends watering the grass thoroughly and waiting until it dries before letting your pet loose on the lawn. Always store fertilizer in a secure place where pets cannot reach it. It should be kept in a cool, dry area away from foodstuffs or pet food and household cleaning products. Always wash hands thoroughly after handling and before touching your pet.

Houseplants

Cats who rub indoor plant pots can come in contact with the dust on Scotts Indoor Plant Food Spikes, which can cause upper respiratory tract irritation. Both cats and dogs eat leaves that may have dust on them. This can irritate their eyes or skin and cause nausea and irritation to the digestive system.

Precautions

Keep the container of Scotts fertilizer in a convenient place for reference. The steps for first aid are listed on the MSDS information. These can range from flushing irritated eyes with water for 15 minutes, holding the eyelids open to remove the fertilizer, calling the poison control center, or taking your pet to the veterinarian.

Common Lawn Products Toxic to Pets

Monday, March 23, was National Puppy Day and pet parents know just how much our little pups like to explore their new worlds by putting things in their mouths and eating things they shouldn’t. As we finally manage to get away from the dreaded winter season and make our way to spring sunshine and warmer weather, working and playing out in our yards becomes something we all can enjoy. The lawn products we use can draw curious pets over to taste and nose whatever is in those brightly colored bags, leading to unintentional poisonings. As we wrap up Poison Awareness Month, we wanted to focus your attention to common lawn products toxic to pets.

Knowing what chemicals are in your lawn products and what toxic symptoms to look out for in your pets can save your dog or cat’s life.

Pesticides

Pesticides containing disulfoton are part of a class of chemicals called organophosphates, which, for the most part have been pulled off the market. Disulfoton, however, is still in popular use in rose-protecting products such as Ortho’s Rose Pride. This particular chemical, even though extremely toxic to pets (causing diarrhea, seizures, and possible death), tastes good to dogs and they will forage for it until they find it. Since it’s often mixed with fertilizers made with animal by-products, disulfoton becomes even tastier to your pet. The ASPCA Poison Control Hotline recommends pet owners not use these particular products, but, if you must, keep your animals out of treated areas and store leftover products out-of-reach in a chew-proof container.

Slug and snail bait made with metaldehyde causes tremors, seizures and even death in dogs and is another product that tastes good to the canine palate. If you need to use this type of pesticide, baits containing ferric phosphate are much less toxic to your pet.

According to well-known TV veterinarian Dr. Marty Becker, “A recently published study conducted over a six year period by the Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University showed that exposure to lawn pesticides, specifically those applied by professional lawn care companies, raised the risk of canine malignant lymphoma – a progressive, fatal disease — by as much as 70 percent.”

Herbicides

While Roundup® and similar herbicides aren’t as dangerous as disulfoton and snail bait to your pets, they can still cause vomiting and diarrhea, deadly symptoms for senior animals and those with compromised immune systems. Keep your pets – and all of their toys, bowls, etc. – inside while applying herbicides and wait until the grass is dry to let them outside. Once the treated area is dry, the chemical has reached the root of the plant and the lawn can be considered animal safe.

A chemical known as 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, or 2,4-D, was developed by the US military and used in Agent Orange, the notorious defoliant employed during the Vietnam War. This particular chemical is a known carcinogen and has been revealed to cause a wide range of other health problems in humans and animals, including birth defects, psychological issues, and tumors. In modern times, while widely used in professional landscaping, you can find 2,4-D in these herbicides:

  • Bayer Advanced All-in-One Lawn Weed and Crabgrass Killer
  • Ortho Weed-B-Gon Max
  • Scotts Liquid Turf Builder
  • Sta-Green Phosphorus-Free Weed & Feed
  • Scotts Snap Pac Weed & Feed

Mulch

Cocoa mulch, made from the shells or hulls of the cocoa bean) smells faintly of chocolate and your dog may be tempted to eat some of it. This type of mulch contains a small amount of theobromine, the active ingredient in chocolate that causes chocolate toxicity in dogs.

Some of the signs of cocoa mulch poisoning include drooling/hypersalivating, diarrhea, hyperactivity, rapid heart rate, tremors, seizures, and dark red gums. The severity of symptoms will depend on how much mulch your dog ingested. Keep your dog out of the mulch for the first few weeks. Sun, rain, and heat dissipate the smell of chocolate over time and the likelihood of poisoning lessens.

Fertilizers

Most non-professional fertilizers contain non-toxic, natural elements such as nitrogen, potash and phosphorus that, unless ingested right out of the bag, don’t pose a poisoning threat to your pet. If you follow label directions carefully and keep your pets inside while applying the fertilizer, you should be safe. Additionally, wait until the lawn is dry if using a liquid fertilizer or after a rain if using a pelleted product to allow the fertilizer to wash into the soil and away from your animals.

Read labels carefully. Some fertilizers contain iron that can result in iron poisoning and others, less commonly, are combined with dangerous insecticides such as organophosphates and carbamates. Both types of chemicals can result in deadly symptoms of toxicity including drooling, vomiting, excessive tearing, lethargy, collapse, abnormal heart rates, difficulty breathing, seizures and death. Avoid these fertilizers if you can and, if you choose to use them, keep them locked away out of the reach of your pets.

Surprisingly, organic fertilizers can be more dangerous to your pets. Most “natural” fertilizers contain animal by-products, including bone meal, blood meal, feather meal, and fish meal. These products smell and taste good to dogs so they may be tempted to ingest large amounts of fertilizers at one sitting. This can cause gastrointestinal irritation (vomiting, diarrhea), foreign body obstruction (from all the congealing bone meal) and even pancreatitis (life-threatening inflammation of the pancreas). If you suspect your dog has ingested organic fertilizers see your veterinarian immediately for possible treatment including induced vomiting, abdominal x-rays, intravenous fluid therapy, and medications to reduce pain and vomiting. Prompt treatment and supportive care are necessary to heal your pet from this kind of toxicity.

We all want our pets to be safe and healthy when outside playing in the yard once the warmer weather hits. Since March 23 was National Puppy Day, we want to remind all dog and puppy parents to keep your yard free of feces (protecting your dogs against both intestinal worms and the deadly parvovirus) and get your puppies vaccinated on a regular schedule. Remember, a $20 inoculation could save your puppy from the pain of parvo and keep your vet bills to a minimum.

VIP Pet Services offers both specialized puppy care AND yard cleaning/poop scooping services. Please contact us to learn more!

Please note: If you think that your pet may have ingested a potentially poisonous substance, first, call your veterinarian, then call the ASPCA Poison Control Hotline at (888) 426-4435. It can save your animal’s life.

Fertilizer That Is Pet Friendly: Pet Safe Fertilizer For Lawns And Gardens

Your pets depend on you to keep them safe both indoors and out. That includes using fertilizer that is pet friendly. Knowing that you don’t have to worry about your pet’s safety when he/she plays outdoors gives you peace of mind so you can focus on enjoying the time you spend together.

Using Pet Safe Fertilizer for Lawns and Gardens

Commercially prepared pet friendly fertilizers may list precautions and restrictions, and you should follow them to the letter. The label may suggest keeping the pet off the lawn for a specified period of time, usually about 24 hours.

For an extra measure of safety, make sure you break up any clods or clumps of fertilizer because your pet will find any new objects lying on the ground interesting, and perhaps worth a taste. Store any unused portions of the fertilizer in its original bag. Place the bag out of reach or put it in a plastic bin with

a lid that locks in place securely.

Pets are very skillful at getting into places where they don’t belong, so even if you use pet-safe fertilizers for your lawns and gardens, you should be aware of the symptoms of chemical poisoning, which include:

  • Muscle tremors
  • Seizures
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Swelling

Types of Fertilizer Safe for Pets

Here are a few types of safe fertilizers for pets:

Seaweed – Seaweed is rich in nitrogen. You can buy it ground up but it’s more common as a spray-on liquid.

Fish emulsion – While fish emulsion is a great fertilizer option, remember that this is a quick-release fertilizer and it can burn plants if you use too much. Dogs are likely to find the smell very appealing and might try to dig up your garden plants.

Grass Clippings – You can use 20 percent less nitrogen fertilizer by leaving grass clippings on your lawn. For this to work, you may have to mow more frequently. Long clippings can do more harm than good.

Manure – This is a tricky one because dogs may try to eat it. Composting for three or four months removes much of the smell and makes it safer for pets and the garden. Be aware that horse manure may contain weed seeds.

Compost – Compost is one of the best fertilizers for gardens and if you make your own it’s free. You can also use it on the lawn, but it takes quite a bit to provide enough nitrogen for lawn grass.

Bone Meal/Blood Meal – Bone meal and blood meal are natural products that may not harm your dog, but he or she will find the taste and smell very appealing. Avoid them to prevent digging and rolling in the garden.

How does Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer work? What makes Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer safe? Browse our FAQ section for questions about the purchasing, usage and storage of Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer and much more!

For a quick overview, watch the video!

What makes Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer safe for my pets?

Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer granules dissolve into millions of micro-particles when exposed to water, sending the soluble fertilizer directly to your lawn’s root zone and away from the paws and feet of your loved ones.

Is Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer safe for ALL pets?

When used as directed, yes. However, it may be toxic to aquatic life and should not be used in or near ponds or streams.
Note: Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer is not safe for consumption by pets or children.

What makes your “pet safe” claim different from the claims on other products and packages?

The “pet safe” or “kid and pet friendly” claims found on other fertilizer products simply refer to the fact that they do not include a herbicide or pesticide.
We’ve taken this a step further.

While our product is also a straight fertilizer (and therefore does not contain pesticides or herbicides), our “pet safe” claim is due to the technology behind our product. When our fertilizer particles come in contact with water, they immediately begin to disperse and move into your lawn’s root zone. This is thanks to our patented Dispersing Granule Technology, which we pioneered in the golf market.

This rapid dispersion and movement of the fertilizer into your lawn means that as soon as you’ve watered the product in as directed, your lawn is again safe for the kids and pets to return to. No waiting required.

With other “pet safe” or “kid and pet friendly” fertilizers, once you’ve spread the product and applied water, you would be forced to wait for a period of a couple of days, up to a week or more, for the product to move down into your lawn. This means you would be faced with a long, dangerous period of time during which the kids and pets could be exposed to a lawn which still held fertilizer particles on its surface.

With our Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer, you’ve removed these safety concerns. It really is as simple as apply, water, play!

How does Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer compare to other brands of fertilizer?

Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer’s main point of difference is the level of safety it provides. While most soluble fertilizers require you to wait 24-48 hours or more after application before returning to outside activities on your lawn, Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer allows you to return to using your lawn immediately after watering the product in as directed.

Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer also has a higher amount of slow release nitrogen than what can be found in similar products on the market today, feeding your lawn for up to twice as long as other fertilizers.

When should Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer be applied?

While some fertilizer varieties are designed specifically for seasonal use, Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer is designed to feed your lawn throughout the Spring, Summer and Fall – and Winter, if you’re climate allows. Each application of Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer will provide up to 12 full weeks of food for your lawn.

Is Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer “organic?”

No, Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer is not an organic product.

Do all fertilizers dissolve quickly after watering?

No. Current fertilizers on the market are not designed to disperse as quickly as Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer. With these other products, granules may remain on the soil surface several weeks after application.

Is it safe for my kids to walk and play on after application?

After following the directions for watering Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer into your lawn, it is safe for children and pets to resume activities!

What happens if I do not water Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer in after application?

If not watered in, Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer will lie on the soil surface until enough moisture is present to dissolve. The micro-particles do fall to the base of the grass, however, so pick up is minimal. We recommend watering in soon after application.

What if it rains before I apply?

Not a problem! The moisture left on the grass blades will begin dissolving the granules. If adequate water is not present to dissolve the granules, additional watering may be required.

Can I see Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer on the ground?

Yes. We have added a “Garden Trak” tracer to make it visible during application.

Will Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer stain my sidewalk or driveway?

No, but it is good practice to always sweep or blow fertilizer off of driveways and sidewalks.

Will Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer kill weeds and crabgrass?

No, as this is a high-performance fertilizer product, not a weed-killer. However, thickening your lawn with Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer will slow the development of weeds and crabgrass.

How long will my lawn stay green?

Properly applying Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer to your lawn will provide up to 12 full weeks of feeding.

How many times do I need to apply?

Due to the high amount of slow release nitrogen, we recommend applying Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer every 8-12 weeks.

I am a distributor/retailer who would like pallet quantities of Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer — what do I do?

We offer both full pallet (120 bags) and quarter pallet (30 bags) configurations. Please contact us, and a member of our customer service team will be happy to work with you.

What precautions should I take with unused product?

As with any fertilizer product, Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer should be stored in a dry, safe location. It should be kept away from pets and children, as it is not safe for consumption.

Can I keep my unused Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer until next year?

Absolutely. Just remember to store in a dry, safe location away from pets and children.

Does Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer contain phosphorus?

No. Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer is a phosphorus-free product.

Where can I buy Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer?

Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer is available in the United States, Canada and the U.K.

Visit our Where to Buy page for a complete list of retailers.

Will my lawn service company apply Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer for me?

Contact your local lawn service company for more information.

Where is Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer made?

Pet Safe Lawn Fertilizer is proudly made in the United States.

Still can’t find what you’re looking for? Don’t hesitate to contact us today.

Pets are a huge part of our homes and families; it’s important to keep them in mind when thinking about lawn care and other home services. We want to keep our four-legged friends safe from dangerous chemicals, so let’s talk about pet safe fertilizers and other lawn care products. Please keep in mind, not all products are the same but for this article, we will talk about the products we use every day.

Fertilizers

Most fertilizers are non-chemical, meaning they are safe to use around pets. You should always read the label and follow the instructions for usage if applying yourself. Fertilizer is made from natural ingredients, like phosphorus, potassium, and nitrogen. Although, a pet should not eat too much fertilizer, the amount applied to fertilize a lawn should not be harmful.

Weed Control

Although most fertilizers are not chemical, unfortunately, herbicides are. When using herbicides, it is very important to follow the safety information, whether you are a homeowner or a professional. The best practice to keep your pets safe is to keep them off the lawn during application, for approximately an hour after, while the product dries. Once the herbicide or weed control is sprayed onto the plant, its compounds bind with the molecular makeup of the plant, so it cannot be washed away or licked off by an animal.

What happens if my pet eats the grass?

A common question is, what if my pet eats the grass after the application? All products sold to consumers or to licensed professionals have a “grazing allowance.” This grazing allowance means any animal, whether it’s a house pet or livestock, can eat plants without getting sick, as long as they do not exceed the grazing allowance limit. Every product is different but the grazing allowance is greater than what a typical animal would consume.

Other Products

Fertilizer and weed control is the most commonly practised but there are many other lawn care services and types of products. Any organic or natural products such as “Revive” is intended to be used around pets without concern. Any products that are chemical based, such as herbicides and insecticides, should be used with caution. Look for warning labels as an indication of the safety of the product. If the label suggests wearing gloves but does not have any additional safety equipment required, the product is typically not dangerous. If the product cautions to wear a hazmat suit, you may want to rethink your purchase. It is important to check all labels before using any and all products.

Ask the Experts

When deciding on lawn care, always research products yourself or ask experts. When you are speaking to the sales representatives of the companies you are comparing, ask them what products they use and what they suggest for use around pets. We, as a society, rely heavily on the review of others to make purchasing decisions, so why should lawn care be any different.

Reviews

Reviews can be very helpful in deciding which lawn care company to use. This will give you a good idea if the company you are looking at is honest and careful in their practices. Most reviews will not speak to the safety of their pets specifically. After a little digging, you will get an idea if the company is cautious or not. If half the reviews are about the company causing damage to their customers’ properties; then you can guess they are not careful in what they do. Any product or any company can advertise that they are pet safe and friendly. However, a little investigating can provide you with peace on whether the statements are true or not.

Conclusion

Lawn care and the safety of your pets can go hand in hand if the right precautions are taken. Most companies care about your furry companions, as much as you do and want to keep them out of harm’s way. Always determine if the products you or your lawn care company are using is a chemical or natural/ organic. Your family is out of harm’s way if the products being applied are natural or organic based. Even synthetic fertilizers derived from natural ingredients are safe. If the products are chemical based and have large warning labels on them, it is best to keep your pets off the lawn during application until the specified time. Most liquids will say until the product is dry and granular products suggest waiting until the granular is watered and absorbed by the soil.

Always ask the professionals you are purchasing the product from or the service providing you are contracting. Make sure to check their reviews too! Keep an eye on your pets, they will let you know if they are not feeling well. You can look into your lawn care habits, as well as everything they come into contact with on a daily basis. We love our furry family members and we all have a shared goal to keep them safe while doing necessary lawn care.

MENARDS® Premium

Weed & Feed 28-0-3

Features:

• Controls dandelions, clover, and over 200 other
broadleaf Weeds

• Gives a full feeding of fertilizer

• Contains the leading broadleaf herbicide Trimec®

Benefits:

• Designed to meet the demands of most turfgrasses

under a broad range of soil types and conditions

• Controls weeds and feeds your lawn in one application

• Contains iron for a faster, richer, deeper green

• Contains controlled-release nitrogen for consistent
feeding

When to Apply:

Apply mid-April through July when broadleaf weeds appear. Application #2 of the Menards Premium Lawn Care Program for a thick, green, lush lawn

How to Apply:

1. Mow lawn to normal height 1 to 2 days before
application.

2. Water lawn thoroughly at least 1 day before application
to sustain moisture until the next watering. (see step 4)

3. Apply when weeds are young and actively growing,
preferably in the morning when dew is on the grass. If
grass is not moist at time of application, sprinkle lawn
lightly with water to hold the material and prevent dust
drift to non-target plants.

4. Do not water or wash product from weed leaves for 1 to
2 days after application. At this time a thorough watering
should take place. Refer to back of bag for spreader
settings.

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