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Tips To Protect Your Plants from Your Pets
It’s inevitable that your garden will be visited by furry friends, some of which are not particularly welcome! But before you start buying stuff to get rid of them, stop and think about the safety of your own pet(s) and also protect your plants from your pets: it cuts both ways!! Check out the following advice…
It’s great to share your yard with your furry friends. But how do you protect your pets from pesticides and poisonous plants – and how do you protect your plants and your local songbirds from your pets? Metro natural gardening and toxics reduction expert Carl Grimm shared pet-safe gardening tips.
Don’t poison your pets with pesticides
• Instead of toxic weed and feed – the fertilizer-plus-weed-killer combo products – practice smart turf care. That way Fido won’t pick up the pesticides on his paws and lick ‘em later ‘til he’s sick. Simply mulch-mow regularly, water no more than an inch a week. In the fall, add slow-release or organic fertilizer and overseed.
• Instead of dog-dangerous meta-based slug baits, use iron-phosphate-based bait, or better yet, hand-pick slugs and snip ‘em with your clippers or feed ‘em to your chickens.
• If you’re riled by rodents, gophers or moles, be extra careful. Snap traps are safest, and should be in anchored boxes. Poison baits are not as safe, but if you use them, they should be in tamper-proof enclosures and in block form, not loose pellets.