Many property owners in Iowa have pets that share their outdoor space with them. However, it's important to keep a few things in mind if you want to keep your furry friends safe during lawn fertilization treatments. To keep your pets safe, it is recommended to keep them indoors while it's being applied. You should also avoid letting your pets on the lawn until the product is dry. To ensure the safety of your pets, it's crucial to talk to your lawn care provider. They will be able to give you specific instructions for keeping your pets safe during and after treatment.

Keep Pets Inside During Fertilization Treatments

Dog waiting at door during fertilization application on property in Des Moines, IA.

If you plan on signing up for a professional fertilization service, one of the most important things to know is that you should keep your pets inside when lawn care professionals arrive. This is because fertilizer products may contain ingredients that could potentially harm your pets if ingested, and keeping them indoors will prevent them from coming into contact with them. Not only that, but it also allows the team to perform their job efficiently and effectively without being distracted by curious animals.

Wait Until the Fertilizer Treatments Dry Before Letting Your Pets Back on the Lawn

The next thing you need to do to keep your pets safe during a fertilization treatment is to wait until it's dry before letting them back on the lawn. How long this takes depends on a couple of factors:

  • Fertilizer type: Whether the fertilizer is granular or liquid plays a significant role in how quickly it dries. Liquid fertilizer can usually absorb much quicker than granular, as the latter needs to be watered in to activate.
  • Weather conditions: The weather has a significant impact on how long it takes for a fertilizer product to dry. Warmer temperatures and direct sunlight speed up drying times, while cooler and cloudy days slow down the process.

Granular fertilizer needs to be watered into your lawn to activate, so it usually takes longer to absorb than its liquid counterparts.

Talk to your lawn care provider about pet safety during fertilizer applications.

The last thing you need to remember when having a fertilization treatment applied to your lawn is to always talk to your lawn care provider about pet safety. The reason is simple - they have knowledge of their products! Therefore, they will know what kind of precautions you need to take to make sure your pets stay safe. If necessary, some providers might recommend restricting your pet's access to the treated area for longer than you thought was necessary. It's best to listen to any recommendations from your lawn care provider to ensure that your pets are safe during the entire application process.

Call today to schedule our fertilization program!

At A+ Lawn & Landscape, we offer our lawn fertilization program to keep your lawn healthy and vibrant. This program runs from mid-March to early December and includes fertilizer, weed control, and other essential treatments to ensure your grass receives everything it needs to thrive. We also understand that your pets are an important part of your family, and we take their safety seriously. Our team will work closely with you throughout the whole process to answer any questions you may have and provide guidance on how you can keep your pets safe during our visits to treat your turf! That way, you don't have to trade the well-being of your furry friends for a lush, green lawn.

Our fertilization program is available to residential and commercial properties, as well as HOAs, in Des Moines, West Des Moines, Ankeny, IA, and throughout the surrounding areas. Give us a call at (515) 289-2020 to schedule our fertilization service today!