Does fertiliser hurt your pets?

Posted on May 22, 2020 by Ashlee Hall

So, we know we have written about fertiliser recently and how important it is for a healthy lawn. But, is it safe for your pets?

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There are a range of steps you should take if you have pets and want to fertilise your lawn – we have listed the major ones below, however, speak to the team at Rosemount Turf if you’d like to know more.

Always read the label

Like with any turf product, always read the labels and follow any and all label instructions. If you are ever unsure on anything, please confirm with your supplier before applying your fertiliser.

Storage

In relation to both granular and liquid fertiliser, they should always be stored out of reach of any pets. Granular fertiliser can easily be mistaken for pet food, and liquids can be mistaken for water, so proper storage is super important.

Keep off the grass!

Always keep all your pets indoors while you complete any lawn fertilising, and always read the label for advice as to how long your pets should remain off your lawn. Different types of fertiliser require different time limits.

Granular fertiliser is safe to use as long as the granules are watered correctly into the lawn/earth. Once this is done, they are very difficult for your pets to access, but it is always best to keep pets off your lawn for at least 24 hours after application.

What about chickens?

The big problem with granular fertiliser is with chickens. Chickens can get to granules lower in the turf than other animals, which can cause issues. Either do not spread granular fertiliser where chickens roam or ensure the granules have dissolved before letting your chickens return, which usually takes a few days.

Are fertilisers harmful to pets?

All in all, a majority of fertilisers are not that harmful to most pets – Lawn Solutions Australia recommend taking a look at Pet Health Network for further information.

In relation to liquid fertilisers, once they are dried on the leaf then you are fine to let your pets back out onto your lawn. This usually takes a few hours, depending on the weather.

If your pet loves to eat grass, keep them off the grass for as long as possible – or at least 48 hours. If you are using a liquid fertiliser and your pet does eat grass, always check with the manufacturer for what exactly is in the product, and you should always request a safety datasheet for that product.

What should you do if your pet has eaten fertiliser?

If you believe your pet has, or may have, inhaled, ingested or come into contact with fertiliser seek veterinary advice immediately. Signs can include burnt paw pads, red and watering eyes, vomiting and lethargy, so if in doubt, always contact a vet.

If you follow the above advice, as well as speaking to your supplier or lawn professional, fertilising your turf can be safe for everyone including your pets!

Resources:

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