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Pet Safe Lawn Weed Killer?

Posted by mike50 z7 (My Page) on
Fri, Aug 5, 11 at 16:36

A few years back I used a weed killer on my backyard lawn but thought I noticed our two Australian Shepherds licking their paws quite alot after coming inside. I don't recall the brand weed killer I used at the time. As I didn't want them to ingest any of the weed killer residue nor experience the burning sensation (or whatever prompted the paw licking) on their paws, I quit using the weed killer.
Ahyup, weeds have returned. Any ideas on a safe, effective weed killer I could apply to the grass that would not have these side-effects? I was thinking of Ortho Weed-B-Gon Lawn Weed Killer 2 but haven't researched it yet. Java, Jazmine and I appreciate your thoughts.

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RE: Pet Safe Lawn Weed Killer?

Some selective herbicides are definitely more toxic then others. You can see on the label if it says "caution" then it's a lower grade of weed killer. If it says "Danger" then that's the highest level of toxicity.

Most herbicides are washed off after watering or rain and become of no effect. If there was a way to (1) spray the weeds with a low toxicity selective herbicide, then (2), keep the dogs off of the lawn for a couple days, allowing the weed killer to work, then (3) water the lawn thoroughly, you should be good.

RE: Pet Safe Lawn Weed Killer?

I take a cultural approach to weed control which usually does not involve chemicals. But for that I would need more information from you.

Where do you live? Please be specific down to a town or zip code.
What kind of grass do you have? I'm guessing fescue or Kentucky bluegrass.
What kind of weeds do you have?
How long and how often do you water? I'm guessing you water more than once a week.
How often do you mow and how high/low? I'm guessing you mow lower than 3 inches.
How often do you fertilize and with what products?

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