Pet-Safe Lawn Care Tips

Happy dog on lawn

In your quest for a beautiful lawn, it’s often possible to forget about your four-legged friends. Some of the methods employed by homeowners can actually be detrimental to the health of your beloved pets. Learn what to do and what to avoid by reading on as we detail a few pet-safe lawn care tips.


Certain pesticides, insecticides, and herbicides are unsafe for animal consumption. Pets should be kept inside after application while the products dry and should be taken to the vet immediately in the instance that they do consume any of these materials. Clean the application area after applying lawn chemicals by sweeping away any granular residue and diluting any spilled product with water.

Fertilizer and Mulch

Fertilizer and mulch can both be dangerous to your animals when consumed in large portions. Many pets find organic fertilizer to be delicious. Often filled with blood and bone meal and fish byproducts, organic fertilizers make a tasty snack for dogs but can wreak havoc on their digestive systems. Opt for pet-friendly products instead. When shopping for mulch, steer clear of the cocoa variety. This particular formula smells sweet and contains theobromine, the ingredient found in chocolate that is toxic to dogs.

Avoid and Remove Toxic Plants

Certain mushrooms and plant leaves can be poisonous when consumed by a pet. Avoid growing any of the following plants as they have been known to pose mild to extreme health risks for cats and/or dogs.

  • Lilies
  • Amaryllis
  • Oleander
  • Foxglove
  • Lily of the valley
  • Rhododendrons
  • Azaleas
  • Laurels
  • Autumn crocuses
  • Equipment and Machines

Equipment and Machines

Make sure that your animals are inside when you’re operating a leaf blower, lawn mower, or snowblower as these machines can spray exhaust, snow, and other debris at high speeds.

Pet-Safe Lawn Care Tips

Give Green Lawn Fertilizing a call at 888-581-5296 today. As lawn care professionals and pet lovers, we’ve got some ideas on how to make your lawn look great without sacrificing your pet’s safety.