Pet-Safe Lawn Care
+ Reply to Thread
Results 1 to 9 of 9

Thread: Pet-Safe Lawn Care

  1. #1
    lablover88 is offline Member
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Location
    Thornton, Colorado
    Posts
    73

    Default Pet-Safe Lawn Care

    So, I've spent a good amount of time researching this question on my own and have yet to find an answer. I'm turning it over to you all!

    I have two labs (one being a 12 week old puppy) and I'm a new homeowner faced with the intricacies of caring for my lawn!

    What types of lawn fertilizers do you all use that is safe for the dogs? I, obviously, don't want to put anything down that will harm my boys. What should I beware of as I learn the ins and outs of caring for the yard?

    Any thoughts appreciated!

  2. #2
    Bob Pr. is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Lawrence (ex-Topeka), KS
    Posts
    8,471

    Default

    Please read this pertinent, related thread on lawn care:

    http://forum.justlabradors.com/newre...streply&t=3742

    Please also read the reference link in my post in that thread.

    As far as what is safe, I rely on the warning labels on the product.

    To be extra safe, you could water immediately after application and keep your pets off that area for 24 hours or, if that's what they advise, double the time restriction and # of waterings.


    Puff [YF, AKC field line (from competing HT/FT breeder) 62 lbs, dob: 8-'01]

    Bess [BF, AKC bench line (from competing show breeder) 55 lbs., 1967-1981] "Poor Bess, the Wonder Dog":
    http://forum.justlabradors.com/showt...?p=748#post748

  3. #3
    pbc
    pbc is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Down by the sea
    Posts
    2,348

    Default

    Lawn Tonic Recipe:

    One can of regular soda (not diet)
    One can of regular beer (not diet or lite)
    1/2 cup of liquid dishwashing soap
    1/2 cup of mouthwash
    1/2 cup of household ammonia


    Mix this in a sprayer that attaches to your garden hose. Turn on hose and spray yard. After you do this a few times you will never use any other fertilizer.

    Depending on size of yard, you may have to mix more than one batch.

    This should be applied immediately after mowing.

  4. #4
    Belles mom is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Michigan
    Posts
    4,543

    Default

    Quote Originally Posted by pbc View Post
    Lawn Tonic Recipe:

    One can of regular soda (not diet)
    One can of regular beer (not diet or lite)
    1/2 cup of liquid dishwashing soap
    1/2 cup of mouthwash
    1/2 cup of household ammonia


    Mix this in a sprayer that attaches to your garden hose. Turn on hose and spray yard. After you do this a few times you will never use any other fertilizer.

    Depending on size of yard, you may have to mix more than one batch.

    This should be applied immediately after mowing.
    I will have to try this! If not for myself, then for the lawn!


    Karen and the gang
    BBI Kodi's Journey To Anotch (Journey)
    BBI Kodi's Blackpowder Striker (Flint)

  5. #5
    NM Lab Lover is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Posts
    1,555

    Default Thanks for the recipe

    I am a huge fan of non-chemical "recipes" for the garden. I did not have one for the lawn. I have just been using the one for my green shrubs. I will give this one a try this weekend. The lawn needs to be mowed then anyway. Maybe I can get my husband to finish the rest of the beer.
    Love JL. Justlabradors.com!!!

  6. #6
    mitziandjudysmom's Avatar
    mitziandjudysmom is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    NE Ohio
    Posts
    9,429

    Default

    I don't use anything on my lawn. In early spring, I throw grass seed on all the thin spots. It looks OK, not great: I have some broad leaf weeds, but I care more about my dogs than having a beautiful lawn.

  7. #7
    Wendy B. is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    New Jersey
    Posts
    2,556

    Default

    We use Jonathan Green products-suppose to be organic & pet safe

  8. #8
    cinderbay's Avatar
    cinderbay is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Harbor Springs, MI
    Posts
    3,514

    Default

    We have used good old milorganite to fertilize for years. In fact a few years back Cinder stuck her head in the bag and ate about a cup of it.
    We induced vomiting immediately and she was fine.

    Here is what is on their MSDS:
    Some coprophagic canines (fecal eating dogs) may transfer their fecal attraction to Garden CareŽ fertilizer, rip
    open bags in storage and over eat. A dog may be sick for 24 to 48 hours, beginning with vomiting that can lead to
    dehydration, incontinence (stiffness in the hind legs), atrophy, depression, and black stools due to the high iron in
    Garden CareŽ. Liquids, bland diet, analgesics (e.g., ibuprofen), and stomach coatings such as Pepto-Bismol to sooth
    irritation to the stomach lining and inflammation provide comfort. Full recovery is expected by the third day after
    ingestion.


    Other products I use are Diatomaceous Earth for bugs/ants and Sluggo.
    Planet Natural has some great earth/kid/pet friendly products.
    http://www.planetnatural.com
    Most of which you can find at your gardening centers.
    Kim

  9. #9
    Luvmydog2much's Avatar
    Luvmydog2much is offline Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    Windsor Ontario
    Posts
    3,424

    Default

    Water.

    Honest to goodness, my lawn never has been fertillized (I have breeding dogs) and I have the greenest lawn on my block, hardly any weeds. The watering helps the grass grow in thick enough to suffocate the weeds.

    I also over seed in the winter and spring.
    'Don't grow up too quickly, lest you forget how much you love the beach.'
    ~ Michelle Held


    Rhys, Ruby and Nola

+ Reply to Thread

Similar Threads

  1. Replies: 3
    Last Post: 04-01-2009, 10:13 PM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19