Friendly fertiliser: Is fertiliser safe for pets?

Friendly fertiliser: Is fertiliser safe for pets?
Friendly fertiliser: Is fertiliser safe for pets?

Dogs. They’re fun, furry, friendly and… frustrating when it comes to getting anything done in the garden! But a question on many people’s minds we often hear is – “is fertiliser safe for pets?”. Keep reading for tips and advice on keeping those pesky pups away from freshly laid fertiliser.

Here at The Grass People, not only are we grass lovers, but we’re also pet lovers. We often ask whether fertiliser is safe for pets, and you’ll be glad to know we would never want to see any harm to your canine companions, so we’ve created our three fertiliser aftercare tips to keep your pets safe and sound. On a side note, there are times of the year better suited to using garden fertiliser, so take that into account before applying fertiliser!

How to make sure using fertiliser is safe for pets:

1. Time out

We know it's near-on impossible to keep your pooch from escaping through the patio doors, but it is vital before, during and after spreading a granular fertiliser.

  • We recommend that you wait at least 48 hours before letting your dog out into the garden after spreading granular fertiliser. By this time, the soil will have absorbed the fertiliser, and those ever-curious canines won’t be able to get their hands (or paws) on it.
  • Our liquid fertiliser, on the other hand, is pet safe! - We still recommend you take necessary precautions and keep your pets (and people) off the lawn for 48 hours to allow the fertiliser to get to work undisturbed, which will provide the best results.

2. Water it in

Our granular fertilisers need to be watered in after they have been applied. If you don’t water in your fertiliser, the granules will sit on top of the soil, and should a pet escape – they could accidentally chow them down.

Liquid fertiliser does not need to be watered in, and it is actually best to plan ahead when applying to ensure there is no heavy rainfall forecast on the same day to ensure the liquid fertiliser can seep gradually into the soil.

3. Follow the instructions

You must follow the instructions on the back of your fertiliser product, as this will help you to avoid using too much of it on your lawn – therefore putting your pet at greater risk if all of the fertiliser does not absorb into the ground after 48 hours. As a quick point of reference, our recommended spreading rate for our granular fertilisers is 35g per m2 – no more, no less. Our liquid fertilisers have mixing/diluting instructions on the back of the packaging; follow these instructions to get the best results.

It is up to you as your pooches human to decide the best fertiliser option for you, them and your lawn, but like most things – prevention is the best cure. These steps are what we recommend to ensure not only a great green lawn but also a healthy hound!

For further reading, we also have a detailed guide for fertiliser use and a resource to help you choose the best fertiliser for your garden.