I am looking for a fertilizer that is safe for dogs. I have two small
poodles and I don't fertilize my back lawn very often for fear of hurting
the dogs. I have only been fertilizing about once a year, usually in the
fall right before I go on vacation. Is there anything out their that will
not hurt my dogs, and is also easy to apply, such as the chemical based
As long as you're using fertilizer, and not weed and feed (fertilizer
mixed with herbicide), once you sprinkle or it rains there should be no
problem. And if you aerate before spreading, a good deal of it will fall
into the holes.
Few fertilizers will hurt most dogs, but some are more sensitive than
others. I suggest using a slow release organic fertilizer.
Of course fertilizing only once in the fall is not a bad practice for
The best time to fertilize is in the fall; fertilizing during the
growing season only stresses the grass. And, the best
fertilizer, IME, is one that's absolutely safe for critters:
compost. It can be very easy to apply; just use your spreader.
If you do wish to use a chemical fertilizer, still stick to doing
it in the fall; keep the dogs off the lawn until you have watered
it in or it's been washed in by a rain.
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