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I need advice

How do you all handle putting chemicals on your lawn when the babies, old and new go out to the yard to play and/or do their business. Years ago one of my dogs had a couple of seizures after the gardner put "stuff" down on the lawn and I've never used anything again in the backyard. I have the front yard treated but they're never out there unless we're going somewhere and then they're on a leash and headed for the car.

The past two years I had two different "landscapers" who, I swear, imported weeds and my backyard is so bad now that something has to be done. I spoke to the current guy and asked about using organic stuff but he said it didn't really get rid of the weeds and it would be very expensive. I need help. I don't want to give up my lawn forever but I certainly don't want to compromise the health of the troops.

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Hi Geri,

We use a lawn business that keeps our yard free of weeds. When they spray - they tell me to keep Sis off the yard for at least an hour. If it is sunny I feel comfortable with that but if it's gloomy I keep her off for at least 2 hours. I always know when they are coming so I make sure she does her business ahead of time.


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We rarely ever use chemicals on our lawn, but when we do, we more than double the warning time that they use for pets. Our warnings are usually 24 hours, so I restrict access for at least two days, sometimes three days.

If you don't have another non-lawn area for them to go, you can do what the apartment dwellers do and take them on several walks throughout the day instead.
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We also have a service that comes every 6wks. Like others, they say to stay off for 30mins. We usually manage to stay off for a couple hours.
My concern was Cooper, because he thinks he's a cow and LOVES to graze when he's out in the back. If it's just been done within a few days, the others are allowed to go out and play with the kids. But, Cooper usually gets thrown in the house because he has no desire to play. Just wants to eat the grass.
So far, it's been fine.
Dh loves the dogs, but his love for his lawn is a close second, LOL. I'd hate to have to give up our treatments.

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I do not use chemicals in my yard but the neighborhood paths and wide tree lines are treated by gardeners highered by the association. I keep Annabelle off these areas for at least 24 hours and wash her feet with soap and water everytime I bring her in for 2/3 days after application. I only take her out to potty on those days they spray because she refuses to use her tinkle paper for that use. The rest of the day, she is happy to use the pee pads. Ruthann
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We use Bradfield organic lawn fertilizer. It's ingredient is basically alfalfa, or, to put it more simply, it's rabbit food. It is safe for pets and children and there is absolutely no warning to keep them off the lawn for any amount of time after treatment. It won't kill weeds but it does help grow a beautiful, green lawn. We were told that it takes a few applications before it really gets into the soil to do it's work so we were patient and sure enough, it works! We used to have to fertilize the lawn just before we left on a week long vacation just to keep the dogs off but not anymore.

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Thanks everybody. I guess I'll go for the one time weeding in the backyard and keep everybody off the lawn for at least 24 hours. It's a scary thought because it means I'll be walking 4 dogs (not at the same time) and taking each one up and down 18 steps just to go out. Eeks, that means a minimum of 12 walks -- probably 16. I guess I should look at the bright side. Maybe I'll lose a pound.

I have spoken to the gardener about the organic fertilizer. He said it takes a long time to work but I don't mind. I even thought of getting the back sodded but he said if I don't put in underground sprinklers I'll have the same problem before long.

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Have you tried vinegar, salt, and dish soap to kill the weeds? I heard about it on one of the hav lists and it works great.

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Have you tried vinegar, salt, and dish soap to kill the weeds? I heard about it on one of the hav lists and it works great.
Well that's interesting! Is there a "recipe"? Tess is a grazer also, so I worry about her on any lawn (including mine) that has been treated with fertilizer. Maybe the vinegar/salt/dish combination would also get her to stop eating all of the grass!

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Don't use the bitter apple spray to deter them outside, I tried that and now we have tons of flies! Even after mowing the lawn some of them are still there and it's gross! Scooter was eating the grass in one spot, not sure what he was after but he was really digging and it smelled bad, so I sprayed it thinking it would deter him. Didn't work at all! It turned the grass bright green and he'd run to that spot every time!

Our yard service knows us, knows we have a little dog and they assure us that what they're putting down doesn't harm the dog. They do other houses in our neighborhood who also have small dogs. I still keep him off for a little while after they come but now problems so far.

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