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Types of Fertilizers that are Safe to Use around Pets

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A kitten in the garden

Is it possible to have the best of both worlds that is having a garden that flourishes along with fido or fee that is so loyal to us helping to make life a happy one?

This is the concern of many home gardeners that have a beautiful garden and lawn but knows that in order to keep their garden and lawn area looking and growing its best nutrients are need for both grass and plants, that come in the form of fertilizers but at the seem time being aware that fido or fee-fee often follows them into these areas being curious nipping or pulling at garden plants or digging in the lawn among other things.

While being in our garden with our pet friend can be such a beautiful and rewarding experience what we don’t what is for that time spent to become a nightmare because of our furry friends becoming too carious and begin to sniff out the fertilizer that we put down the other day thinking they have found a snack and decided to take a taste only to realize their curiosity brought serious issues that are life-threatening.

Curiosity kills the cat

There is a saying that “curiosity kills the cat” and while this statement does not mean to literally kill the cat this has literally been the unfortunate experience of many pet owners.

The question then is how can we keep our garden plants and lawn area growing healthy by applying the needed (nutrients) fertilizer for our plants and lawn to maintain their vigor while keeping our pets safe?

Below we will be discussing fertilizers that can be used in these areas while keeping fido and fee-fee safe.

7 Types of pet-friendly fertilizers

A dog in the garden

  • Grass clippings
  • Compost
  • Seaweed
  • Bonemeal/Bloodmeal
  • Fish emulsion
  • Manures
  • Mulches

Signs of Pet Poisoning

Here are some signs that may be related to pet poisoning.

A cat resting

A cat resting

1. Vomiting.

2. Diarrhea.

3. Drooling.

4. Nausea.

5. Loss of appetite.

6. Nosebleed.

7. Seizures.

8. Difficulty breathing.

9. Foaming at the mouth.

10. Staggering or acting drunk.

More can be added to this list if your pet shows any of the above systems seek medical help right away.

7. Best Pet-Friendly Fertilizer

1. Grass clippings

Grass clippings are an all-natural organic that will keep your lawn green. The clippings from your cut lawn can be recycled back into your lawn. The clippings can be lightly raked back into the lawn or a blower can be used to spread the clippings over the lawn area.

If there is a build-up of grass clipping that is more than enough for your lawn area then the excess clippings can be placed around your garden plants as mulch and as the clippings break down will add nutrients to the soil.

A word of caution, however, a lawn that’s diseased, insect-infested, or full of weeds should not be recycled but rather bagged and disposed of. With the use of grass clippings, you did not pay a dime and your garden plants and lawn got the needed nutrients.

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A dog in the garden

2. Compost

Compost is organic that is so popular and is used not only in the home garden but farmlands and other large projects. With composting you can’t go wrong and the best part is going this way will save you money. For more or composting refer to these links. Starting a compost pile and composting indoors.

3. Seaweed

Seaweed can also be used in your garden, seaweed can be purchased in liquid form as a spray or ground up. If your state permits you to get seaweeds from your beaches then it’s a matter of washing it thoroughly with fresh water to free it from the salt before placing in your garden remember however to check with your state law to see if they allow the removal of seaweed from your beaches.

4. Bonemeal/Bloodmeal

These are natural products that are abstracted from livestock and made in a fertilize form, though safe around pets they may become curious about the sent seeking it out. Bonemeal is grounded animal bones, blood meal is dried and powdered blood that is derived from livestock.

5. Fish emulsion

This fertilizer should be used with caution because overuse can lead to plant burn. Your dog will find the aroma of fish emulsion to be very appealing and will seek it out by digging in your garden area.

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A cat in the garden

6. Manures

Cow, chicken, and horse manure is an old traditional natural way to feed garden plants. These natural organic, however, can be a bit pricy. Before applying manures they must be aged or dried because fresh manure can burn the roots of plants. If manures are not allowed to completely dry will cause your dog to begin and inspection of your garden.

7. Mulches

Mulches have so many benefits from keeping down weeds to holding moisture, helping to adjust the soil ph, beautification, protecting the roots of garden plants during the harsh winter months, helps to condition the soil, and also adds nutrients as it breaks down. Mulches however will take a longer time in breaking down which is dependent on the activity of soil microbes.

The final word best about pet-friendly fertilizers

After what we have discussed you now see that you can have the best of both worlds. The fertilizers that were mentioned are environmentally safe and can be used around our pets so no need to worry about fee-fee or fido as they take a stroll with you in your garden area.

It is so good to know these fertilizers will not only benefit your garden plants but is a win-win for you and your pet so go ahead and give your garden what it needs (fertilizers). Your plants will love you for it by growing their best and your furry friends will thank you for ensuring they are safe in the great outdoors.

14 comments

  1. Eric says:

    First off I have to say I did not know grass clippings could be used as fertilizer. We live on a farm where the owner is constantly spraying his field. Our dog has come back with many open wounds where we have to take him to the vet to get taking care of. Although I’ve talked to the owner, he is not really taking into consideration. But I hope more people were read your post to be aware of this issue.

    1. Norman says:

      So sorry to hear of your issue, hope that your cry will be heard and listen to. We should be careful when deciding on which fertilizers to use which can cause damage to our pets, wildlife and the ecosystem. So happy to help and all the best to you.

  2. Tiger Oliver Budd says:

    I love the look of your website and it’s packed of good information about gardening and healthy foods. It is easy to navigate and I guess this website has been around for long. One thing I can point out though is there is a photo in your About Me page that is empty and nothing in it, just a thing you can easily correct.

    Overall, your site is very informative and encouraging to me to do the same.

    1. Norman says:

      Thank you so much for those kind words and your help I really apperciate it. I will have a look at what you pointed out. All the best of success and have good day.

  3. Mojisola Kupolati (Debbie) says:

    Thank you for the valuable hints on pet-friendly fertilizers. No one wants to grow the lawn and home garden at the expense of the pets. The suggestion on recycling the lawn clippings and composting is very helpful. A friend had mentioned it to me sometimes, but I have no idea how to get it done. Following the links you provided here, I got the methods. I am going to start implementing them right away. Grateful.

    1. Norman says:

      I am so happy to help and wishing you the best of success with your garden project. Have a good day.

  4. petergeorge5666 says:

    Thanks for sharing this great review on best pet friendly fertilizer here. Where I first saw your heading I was actually thinking of a mixture, you gat me on that. Talking about knowing when your pet is poisoned, is it really possible for your dog to die of a poison without showing symptoms? And if yes what might be the cause? Thank you

    1. Norman says:

      LOL, I am so happy to help, as far as I know of if a dog is poisoned there have to be some signs. From my personal experience, the dogs that were sick showed signs. 

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    1. Norman says:

      I am so happy to help and thanks for sharing this information.

  6. mondayjosep says:

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  7. evansese says:

    so thoughtful of you to put up such an amazing post on best pet friendly fertilizers, as a gardener I’m also at Home Lucky to stumble upon such an informative article it will go a long way to helping me keep away at from my garden and thereby keeping them safe and also keeping my garden in order thanks a lot for sharing such an informative review I look forward to seeing you next coming post

    1. Norman says:

      I am glad to help and wishing you all the best as you continue to work in your garden.

  8. Prav says:

    That’s a great angle. I didn’t think about the pets while doing the gardening as I didn’t have one. My son is after getting a dog and we might get one. Thank you for this timely post.

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