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You want your pets to be with you for many, many years. Maximize the odds by making your lawn as pet-safe as possible. The steps are simple, but they’re also simple to overlook.
Is The Water Safe To Drink?
Avoid using chlorine tablets in small pools or fountains. It can raise the chlorine content to toxic levels. Try UV light to kill algae spores.
This should be automatic. Chemicals capable of killing insects are usually carcinogenic in pets. Look to companies like Espoma for pet-safe, natural pesticides.
Your pets need protective shade even more than you do, since they don’t sweat.
Material that’s decomposing can be host to all sorts of toxic substances – mold, for instance.
It WOULD be the best-looking of all mulches. Sad to say, cocoa mulch contains theobromine, which is potentially lethal to pets.
Are The Plants Safe?
Plants like daffodils are beautiful to behold, but they’re toxic to your pets.
Trees Drop Seeds Or Berries?
Pets have NO sense. They can choke on a cherry pit before you know it. Keep your lawn frequently-raked.
Put Away Garden Tools
This is especially needed if you have one of those dogs that just goes crazy and starts running all over the yard. Or a cat who disagrees with how you trim your hedges.
Snail Or Slug Bait
Again: toxic if ingested. And your pets don’t know better.
Pool Escape Route
Remember, even just a foot of water can be too much of a barrier for cats and smaller dogs.