Lawn Care and Your Pets
The question we get most often asked-“Is it safe for children and pets?” The answer is a definite YES!
We just ask our customers to keep all pets and children off the lawn until it is dry which can be as little as 30 minutes to an hour depending on the temperature or wind that day. Liquid fertilizer is quickly absorbed into the lawn which is one very big advantage of using a liquid over a granular. If an animal accidentally goes outside while the lawn is still wet, veterinarians just recommend washing the paws. Liquid fertilizer is also better for our feathered friends too. Birds often mistake granular fertilizer for grit.
The nutrients we use in our fertilizer are naturally occurring and biodegradable. The weed control is not organic but is a very safe product. We do not blanket spray our weed control unless it is necessary to control a severe infestation of weeds. Our specialized spot application equipment can apply herbicide directly to the weeds and fertilizer to the grass. Once the weeds are under control we need to use very little herbicide to continue to keep your lawn weed-free.
We are also happy to email, text or call the night before each service so you can keep your dog or cat inside if you will not be home.
If someone is home during the day, our technician would ring the doorbell so you can bring them inside at the time of the application.
What do I do for dog spots or pet damage from urine?
Water-it sounds easy but it is truly the best thing you can do right now. Put lots of water on the dog spots by running your garden hose in those areas to dilute the urine. The acid or nitrogen in the urine is burning the grass. You can also apply garden lime to the dog spots to neutralize the acidity. Garden lime works great but it’s slow to break down and takes a whole season before you will see significant improvement. The fertilizer program will also help by encouraging the grass to grow in those spots and if the lawn is at least 3 years old, deep core aeration will also help by getting more water to penetrate those areas. We would also suggest over-seeding after aeration. There is also a herbal supplement that your vet can recommend which will neutralize the pH of the urine.
Do I need to water before letting my pet on the lawn again?
No, the products we use are safe for all paws but a lawn that does need water won’t be as green. The ideal time to water is in the morning. Avoid evening watering which tends to promote diseases like red thread. Midday watering wastes water due to excessive evaporation. Deep core aeration will also cut down the need for watering allowing 50% more moisture to reach the root zone.
How will I know when the lawn has been done?
Weed Patrol will send you an after-service email with the date and time the application was completed. We also flag the back yard to let you know if we have been there yet before letting your pet on the lawn.