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Recently, I’ve been trying to go totally organic in regards to my lawn and garden; fertilizer, weed control and insect control. Not only am I concerned with my own family’s safety but also my neighbors and their pets. We have lots of people walking their dogs, doing their dog thing. I’m sure some of my neighbors use pesticides, insecticides and fertilizers with harmful ingredients for pets and they don’t even know it. Many of the popular outdoor plants are even toxic but we just see their beauty.

The ASCPA Animal Poison Control Center gets tens of thousands of calls each year about animals that were in contact with insecticides, weed killers and pet-toxic plants. They recommend you watch out for these things that make our yards and gardens lovely but are dangerous to animals. If ingested, they may get sick or even have gastrointestinal blockage which is very dangerous or even death. 

  • The ASCPA has some recommendations to keep your pets safe:
  • Store all hazardous products in a secure place like a locked cabinet or shed. Children, dogs and cats are curious.
  • Keep your grass mowed. Fleas and ticks hide in tall grasses. Mow your lawn at 3 to 3 ½ inches. Don’t go shorter or your grass won’t be able to suppress weeds.
  • Composting food and garden waste is excellent for your soil. Keep pets out of the compost pile, some garden waste my get your pet sick if eaten while decomposing.

Standing water can be the breeding ground for parasites, bacteria, worms and mosquitoes. Use proper drainage or plant a rain garden.

A good resource for garden pests is the Advice, Tips and Resources  page found in Gardening Help. It has detailed information on all the pests that might decide to visit your garden. 

Debbie Kirkpatrick, Kemper Horticulture Assistant

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