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Safe lawn control for pets?


Like many in our community we have weeds in our lawn that need to be controlled. I have yet to put down a granular weed and feed due to the weather, however, we have dogs that enjoy being outdoors in our backyard on a nice days (who wouldn’t be!). What is a safe herbicide or application that will not harm my dogs? -Thanks, Chuck -


  1. 11 months ago

    We have always had dogs, and now we have two puppies, one year old and 16 weeks old. They eat everything!! We have also taken care of lawn weeds by spot spraying products that are rated for the particular weeds we are fighting. Then we keep the dogs off those areas for a few days. If you put down a granular on the whole lawn, that is putting down more chemical than you need, and the granular seems to be less effective than something that is sprayed directly on the foliage and goes to work right away.

    With spot treatment, your dogs won’t be walking and rolling in a whole lawn that’s been treated.

  2. 11 months ago

    Good comments and advice from Tina. I would add this statement. If you are controlling spring weeds such as dandelions, their season is just about over. The best time to control these are in the fall. As we move into to summer conditions the spring flowering weeds will be a thing of the past. Tina is correct, spot spray to reduce usage. The recommendation is to keep pets off the lawn until the chemicals have dried thoroughly. Also be sure to follow all labeled instructions for rates and application.

    Dennis - Johnson County Extension

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