Is Lawn Care Safe for Dogs and Other Pets?

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Dog in yard wearing headphonesYou love your lawn and you want it to be the best that it can be. But you don’t want to have lawn care performed at the expense of your pets’ safety. You’re wondering if it’s possible to have the best of both worlds.

You want to know, is lawn care safe for pets?

We know this is a common question. In fact, we get it from our customers in Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton, PA all of the time. And we definitely understand the concern. After all, pets are a part of the family!

That’s why we want to clear up some things for you. We know how much your pets mean to you and that you want to find a lawn care program that won’t put them at any risk. You should be able to find a solution that doesn’t make you feel as though you have to choose pet safety over lawn care results.

Is Lawn Care Safe?

First and foremost, you want to know whether lawn care is safe, generally speaking. You not only want it to be safe for your pets but for yourself and your family.

When lawn care products are applied properly by a trained technician, then your yard can still be both pet-and family-friendly even while reaping the benefits of lawn care products and having lush, green grass.

Working with a company that employs well-trained technicians will help ensure that product is being applied properly. The type of product used is also important. Using a highly targeted product and spot treating as much as possible are two key ways that a responsible lawn care company will help keep your yard safe.

Is Lawn Care Safe for Dogs?

More specifically, you might be asking is lawn care safe for dogs? After all, your dog, or dogs, use the yard as much as you do—maybe even more. And since they’re out there, closer to the ground, sniffing around, and with their bare paws touching treated areas, you want to be sure that you’re keeping them safe.

Dog and woman on pet-safe lawn

A responsible lawn care company would welcome your concerns about your dog and its safety. They should also be able to tell you how long to wait until your pet can go outside following an application. With the products that we use at Joshua Tree, as soon as treatments are dry, it is safe for your pets to go back outside. This is typically a maximum of two hours.

The liquid material not only dries on your leaf tissue but is absorbed or bonded to the surface so that it can’t get picked up on pets’ skin or paws. Granular product, on the other hand, works its way down into the grass where it stays largely undisturbed by your pets. Either way, these products do not pose any significant threat to your animals.

Of course, being responsible also means taking extra steps. For instance, crews should be sure to pick up any dog toys they find lying around before an application. This is just another way to protect your pets and make sure that having a beautiful lawn in no way interferes with their safety.

At Joshua Tree, we love our dogs as much as you love yours and we understand this is an issue that you don’t take lightly. We feel the same way. That’s why we will do everything we can to help keep your pets safe. That includes finding out more about your pets and any considerations that might need to be taken.

An Open Channel of Communication

When a lawn care company truly values what is best for your lawn, then they will welcome your questions and concerns. Your pets are an important part of your family and your concern for their safety is completely understandable. You should feel comfortable addressing these thoughts with your lawn care company. By keeping an open channel of communication you can work together to keep your pets safe.

This includes communicating about whether your dogs might be in the yard when your lawn care company visits. At Joshua Tree, we do ask our customers to keep their dog inside on the days that we come to service the lawn. Doing so is both for the pet’s safety during treatment, but also to ensure that the dog does not have an opportunity to escape the yard.

Unfortunately, if you choose to hire a company that doesn’t have responsible technicians, they might not show as much care when visiting your property. Leaving a gate unlatched when they leave might not sound like a big deal to them. But when you let your dog out later and don’t realize the gate was left open, it could escape.

Joshua Tree is diligent about these types of details. Our technicians are careful to close and latch any gates that were opened during the visit.

Choosing Responsible Lawn Care

Joshua Tree pet-safe lawn care application

With your pets being so valuable to you, you don’t want to make an irresponsible decision with lawn care that could have a negative impact on them. The last thing that you want is to worry that your quest for a beautiful, green lawn could in some way harm your beloved animals.

By choosing a responsible lawn care company who uses well-trained technicians to perform safe applications, you don’t have to harbor any worry. Instead, you really do get to have the best of both worlds. You can enjoy both your four-legged friends and your beautiful lawn, knowing that you’ve made a wise choice.

If you’d like to find out more about our responsible lawn care services in Allentown, Bethlehem, or Easton, PA, which include three lawn care pricing options, then contact us for a free consultation or give us a call at 610-365-2200.

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Joshua Malik

Written by Joshua Malik

With an intense passion for arboriculture and lawn care, founder Joshua Malik brings to Joshua Tree over 20 years of experience in the tree and lawn care industry. And he expects the same passion in his team by employing representatives and field personnel who have achieved and maintained proper industry credentials to ensure clients benefit through best practices.