Types of Fertilizers that are Safe to Use around Pets
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
- Grass clippings
- Fish emulsion
Signs of Pet Poisoning
Here are some signs that may be related to pet poisoning.
5. Loss of appetite.
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.
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.
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 it in your garden remember however to check with your state law to see if they allow the removal of seaweed from your beaches.
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.
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 an inspection of your garden.
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.
About the author
Norman loves being in the garden, both at home and for his job....
he is 'Natures Little helper' being outdoors, growing his vegetables and flowers from an early age.
Now having spent over 22 years in the profession he want to give some of his knowledge to others...
his vast array of hints and tips you will find scattered over this site will help you no end growing plants in your garden.