4 Tips For A Healthy Lawn And A Healthy Pet
Warm weather is the perfect opportunity to take good care of your lawn and enjoy plenty of time outdoors with your family and pets. Sure, you probably want to have a green lawn, but does a green lawn equal a healthy and safe environment for you, your family and your pet? Many pesticide and fertilizer products that advertise a green lawn are quite harmful to your pets, your family and the environment. Not sure how to get a strong, healthy green lawn that isn’t toxic? Check out these 4 tips for getting a healthy lawn and keeping a healthy pet.
1. Use natural, eco-friendly fertilizers and lawn care products. Harsh pesticides and lawn care products that help your lawn grow or make it green are not the safest for your pets, yourself or your lawn. Your grass can grow strong, tall and green from the use of only natural, eco-friendly products and methods that won’t harm the environment, yourself, your family or your pets. Compost is an eco-friendly and cost-effective way to fertilize your lawn. You can start your own compost bin with grass clippings and household food waste. The nutrients in compost and food waste can provide everything your plants and lawn need to grow strong, all without harming your pet or the environment. You can also buy organic lawn care products, but be sure to read the labels. Just because the bottle says safe, natural and organic doesn’t mean it won’t harm your pet. Always read the labels on the back and avoid products that use harsh chemicals and toxins.
2. Only grow plants that are non-toxic for pets. If your lawn has a garden, flowers and plants, check to make sure that what you’re currently growing or planning to plant is not harmful for your pet. Common plants that are toxic to dogs include the daffodil, dumb cane (also called dieffenbachia), castor bean, baby’s breath, azalea, sago palm, begonia, walnuts from black walnut trees, lily and more. Avoid keeping these plants both in your hard and in your home. Before you plant anything, be sure to conduct research to see if the plant could be hazardous to your pet’s health. Research the plants that are already growing in and around your home to ensure that they’re not dangerous to your pets.
3. Wash your pet’s paws after exposure to a treated lawn. Even if you use natural lawn care products on your own lawn, you can’t know what neighbors, friends, families and parks are using on their lawns. As a precaution, be sure to wash your pet’s paws thoroughly after they tread on grass that you suspect is treated with pesticides and fertilizers that contain hazardous chemicals. If you ever need to use a chemical on your lawn as a one-time special treatment, do it during an hour when your pet is likely to stay off the grass, keep them indoors and be sure to water your lawn afterwards to help the harsh chemicals dissipate.
4. Store unused products in a safe place. If you use organic or natural lawn care fertilizers and products, you still want to be sure that your pet can’t get into the products. Almost any product in a large amount can be harmful to your pet. Store your lawn care products in a safe, cool place where your pet does not have access. Always keep an eye on your pet when it’s outside to be sure it’s not eating treated grass from other lawns or getting into your lawn care products.
Taking the time to make sure your lawn is safe for your pets is definitely worth your time. Even if you have to change your lawn care routine substantially, remember this switch will mean a healthier environment you, your pets and your family.