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Wink Anybody have Chem Lawn or similar lawn service

I just thought of this today as I watched them spraying my lawn for the first time since getting Evye. Anybody have Chem Lawn, AllGreen or something similar? The sign they put out says to keep people and animals off until dried. It still scares me though especially in winter without a good hot sun. Anybody know anything about fertilizer/weed killer, etc. I haven't let Evye out today, doing potty on pee-pads. This brings to mind pesticide treatment as well. We live in the south, weeds and bugs galore. Any input much appreciated, as usual.

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Sharlene,

We also have a chem lawn service that comes about once a quarter. They came last week for the first time since Rey was home at well. Unfortunatley for us they came just before the rain and once every 4 year snow storm came so the lawn never seemed to dry. I was so paranoid I let him use the neighbors yard, we pretended we were taking a walk (I know we won't be getting the neighbor of the year award).

The next morning I forgot and took him on our lawn (after the rain, before the snow) so it was wet and did not wash off the blades like I thought it would have) and he came in with green paws (they are usually tan/cream). I got the bath wipes out immediatley and washed the paws as best as I could (they were still tinted green). I was thinking that next time I would ask them not to treat a corner of the backyard.

Hopefully some of the other Moms will let us know their secrets and we can learn from the pros! This is all so new to me.
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We have the front yard treated but not the back where the dogs go out. It is not pretty but better safe than sorry.

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Good idea, the neighbor's yard. Payback !!! Unfortunately she does not do well on a leash. To be honest, she does horrible on a leash. Will be my next post. I may call Chem Lawn and ask but I know they will profress it's completely safe. Hopefully we will get some good feedback.

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I wouldn't use chemicals with dogs. You can fertizlize yourself with natural products. I haven't yet had the chance to try them, but there are catalogs such as Peaceful Pastures (I think, out of CA) that have natural products. I *think* cottonseed meal? that is put down in the spring. I'll find out next year as I hope to put down sod this year (has previously just been weeds and dirt with a bit of grass), and I plan on doing only natural stuff to treat the yard.

I personally have multiple chemical sensitivity, and I have dogs with severe allergies (to all kinds of things). Because of this, I am extra cautious, knowing that the possiblity of overwhelming the immune system is there. Plenty of dogs might appear to be fine from it, but some dogs will show problems.

This is my opinion based on what I have experienced in my life. I say better to be cautious than take the chance of the chemicals causing issues with the dogs (who are smelling it as well as absorbing it thru their skin with contact). Again, my opinion.
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Last summer, we switched to natural lawn care (no pesticides, no chemical fertilizer) -- we used corn gluten and compost instead of chemicals. It was a lot more costly, and we definitely had more weeds than in past years. We've been told natural lawn care takes a few years to overcome the weeds.

Our primary motivation for the switch was that our Golden Retriever had a cancerous tumor removed one year ago. In the canine cancer community, natural lawn care is highly recommended.

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We have a lawn care company that does our lawn 4 times a year with the fertilizer, and 4 times for the ticks.
I have never ever had a problem with this, and when they come, if they say stay off 2 hrs - I just carry the dogs across the street to potty and we play inside till I see it has been absorbed. So far there have been no problems for us, and I assurred by my lawn care company that there products have no indication of being hazardous to animals - and the owners have 3 Havs themselves!!

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Sharlene,

Same here. We've had no problems and always wait until it's dry first. I'd go for a walk and "borrow" someone else's lawn if it were winter, too wet, etc.
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We've had Chemlawn since we've had Gucci, they have been great about leaving the signs and letters on the door to keep pets, kids off the grass for 12-24 hours, etc. They also have treated for fleas. It was harder when she was a puppy because she went so much, but I just use the patch of my neighbors (and pick up if needed) or there is a common area a few houses down I'll walk her to, or pads at night because I'm not walking around in the middle of the night.
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This is an excerpt from http://fightcaninecancer.wordpress.com/ about common lawn chemicals:

There is no doubt that common lawn chemicals and pesticides are bad for you, and your dog. While there are some clinical links between certain lawn chemicals and certain types of canine cancer, notably bladder cancer, there is still a lot of grey area when it comes to the types of cancer these harmful substances can cause. Therefore, my recommendation is to stay away from all of them whenever possible. Even if lawn chemicals are not responsible for causing your dog’s cancer in any way, they are still harmful to your dog’s health during cancer treatment, as these chemicals must still be processed and filtered out by the body. If your pup is already in chemical overload due to chemotherapy and other cancer fighting agents, adding one more unnecessary compound to the list can be too much to handle.

I don't understand how people can say they haven't had any problem with the chemicals they apply to their lawns. The problems from such chemicals are not immediately seen. The chemicals are not gone once they are dry. They just are less likely to be tracked into your house from walking on them. The grass is still chemical-coated.

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