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    Is Your Pet Safe? - Avoid Danger When Choosing a Lawn Care Company

    Shaun Kanary
    Posted by: Shaun Kanary on January 18, 2012

    Truth about Pet Safe FertilizingMany of us consider our pet to be part of the family, so we constantly look out for their health.  But those with pets do not have to sacrifice a great looking lawn, or choose an expensive organic program, to keep our pets safe in the lawn. 

    The Truth About Fertilizer

    The fact is that most products that we, as humans, ingest have products within them that in large dosages could make us sick.  For example, antacids contain magnesium that when ingested in large amounts can make us very ill.  The same is true with fertilizer.  While a synthetic product, almost all fertilizers are harmless for pets and humans if proper amounts are applied.  In fact, over 90% of pet poisoning from fertilizer results when a pet consumes a large amount from an open container in the garage or shed.   So if you are planning to do your own fertilizing, proper storage of the materials is a must.  If you are planning to hire a company to do your fertilizing, make sure that they are licensed applicators that have been trained properly to apply the correct, safe, amounts.

    Is Organic Fertilizer Safer?

    The truth is that both Organic Fertilizer and Synthetic Fertilizer, when applied correctly, are safe for pets. However, just like synthetic fertilizer, large amounts of organic fertilizer can be poisonous to pets.  Most organic fertilizers contain bone and blood meal that can cause serious complications to a pet’s health when consumed in large amounts. 

    Being Careful with Weed & Insect Control

    Weed and Insect Control is often applied as a spray on most grasses.  Large amounts of the product are not meant for four-legged consumption. Again, most serious poisoning with weed control and insecticides occur when pets ingest large amounts that are often stored in containers.  However, weed and insect control when wet can cause irritation to your pets feet and if ingested could cause slight to mild diarrhea.  When drying after 30-45 minutes, it does not pose a threat to you or your pet’s health.

    Choosing “Pet Friendly” Lawn Care Companies – Licensing & Training

    There are many lawn care companies in Cleveland and Columbus Ohio that offer comprehensive lawn care services for your lawn.  But how do you know if they are safe for your pets and family?   When choosing a company get to know who will be your applicator applying the products on your lawn.  Make sure that he/she is licensed and current with the latest training by the State of Ohio to be applying products to your lawn.

    Weed Pro’s Licensed & Trained Technicians

    Weed Pro Technicians go through extensive EPA and State of Ohio testing to make sure that they are up-to-date on the latest rules and regulations when applying fertilizer to your lawn.  To learn more about pet safety and your options for lawn care, speak to a Weed Pro Service Technician at 800-724-4555.


    Shaun Kanary

    Shaun has been a part of the Green Industry for the past 15 years. As the Director of Marketing for Weed Pro, a Cleveland and Columbus Fertilizing Company, Shaun is a regular contributor to the Weed Pro Blog, and other industry magazines and blogs.

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