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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 09-10-2009, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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I am concerned about the safety of fertilizer and herbicides. The weed killer bottle says it is safe when dry. Can I believe this?? DH is concerned about the dandelions but we are both concerned about our precious Luci.
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I agree with you Anne. It scares me too. The chemicals, the poisonous plants, the poisonous mushrooms-lots of stuff in the yard to avoid. I don't have much advice, but I know someone here will.

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They all make me just as nervous! I do not hire a lawn company but do my own lawn care. I remove weeds by hand and shovel. We've used the lawn fertilizer a couple times now that you broadcast over the lawn and used a second person with a board to block any of the pellets from overspraying onto the brick where the dogs might lick it. Then water in deeply and keep the dogs off for the first 24 hours! I DID have to use a pesticide this year, because there were some little buggies mulitplying in the grass and it was getting out of control! After spraying the yard, we waited a couple days to let the dogs use it again and I watched them all carefully to be sure they weren't eating the grass! I don't know if that sounds overprotective or not--that's just what we've done.
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I treat my yard in sections and have several exercise pens that I use to barricade off the areas where I don't want the dogs. It looks silly, I'm sure, but I keep them off the treated areas for a week or so after the "safe" time listed on the label.
Granted, an herbicide isn't the same scare as a pesticide, but I do have some grass/vegetation eaters and there is no need for them to consume the extra chemicals.
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I worried about the same thing until we found Bradfield Organics Lawn Fertilizer. It's bascially rabbit feed (alfalfa) in smaller pelletized form. It is safe to use around children and pets and there is no need to keep them off the lawn for any length of time after you apply it. Here's the material data safety sheet link http://www.bradfieldorganics.com/MSD...MSDS_3-1-5.pdf
The sales person at the place we bought says his dogs have even eaten it right off the ground with no ill effects. It's alfalfa, molasses, potash and porcine meal.
It has really worked for us. After a few applications our lawn looked great. We ran out and tried Dr. Earth but it burned the grass and smelled like chicken poop. We found 3 bags of Bradfield finally and now the lawn looks great again.

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