Is your yard really safe for your Dogs?


If you are using synthetic Fertilizers, Pesticides, Herbicides and Fungicides on your yard you are, most likely, damaging the health of your family, your pets, and wildlife plus adding to pollution of our environment while damaging fertility of you soil.

Potentially Harmful Products:

Synthetic Fertilizers: This is an area where you are not told the entire story in many cases. Regulations for synthetic fertilizers require them to list the amount of the three main nutrients which are Nitrogen- Phosphorous and Potassium (N-P-K). The bags will have numbers showing the percentage of each of the nutrients like 20-8-16, this means they are required to tell you what 44 percent of the material in the bag or bottle is. The remaining 56 percent can be anything the manufacturer can find to fill out the bag without adding anymore to the final price than necessary. There is documented information that some of this filler is very heave in heavy metals that are very carcinogenic. ( )

In the case of organic fertilizers the percentage that is not N-P-K has to be organic matter you have a much better chance of getting non-contaminated matter. Organic fertilizer with just 3% nitrogen is as useful to plants as synthetic fertilizers with over 16% nitrogen. Organic fertilizer you are slow release so most of it use in the plant root zone. It is locked up by the soils organic matter and is used as the beneficial soil biology needs it, thus reducing runoff and harm to the environment. Most organic fertilizer also has many of the trace elements in them besides the N-P-K that you plants need for good health.

Pesticides: Avoid all synthetic pesticides if possible. They have been proven very harmful to most forms of life and can do long lasting damage to the local eco-system and the environment in general. Many of these synthetic compounds kill the natural biology in the soil that is needed for healthy useful soil that is necessary for successful landscaping.

First, if you are growing organically and are giving your plants and soil all it needs for healthy life ( ) you will automatically eliminate many of the disease and insect problems you have growing with synthetics.

There are many good organic products on the market these days that can eliminate many of the pests and diseases you are trying to control with deadly chemicals. Even with organic pesticides you have to be very careful in that some of them can be very toxic if used wrong. Never mix several pesticides together because in combination some can be deadly to both you and your pets. Read instructions very carefully. Remember that if your plants are naturally healthy, from organic growing, they will not attract as many insects and will be capable or fighting off most diseases.

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Herbicides: As is the case with synthetic pesticides, most herbicides are very toxic and if used in heavy concentrations they can be extremely harmful to the environment and life in general. A number of the ones used in this country are banned in other countries in the world. Here the chemical companies have so much power they can keep studies from being shown to the public and delay legislation to band the products.

Good healthy turf will overcome most weeds if you do not mow too closely so the roots have enough greenery to let the roots develop deep and spread to choke out competition.

Good mulching techniques in gardens and flower beds can control most weeds plus it helps to conserve water. Be sure to use the right mulches for the right type of plants. Your local garden center can help.

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Fungicides: Fungi are plants that contain no chlorophyll. Therefore, they cannot make their own food and so they must have an outside source of food. This means they attach themselves to plants and use them as food.

Most commercial fungicides are very harmful to the soil, pets and humans and the environment in general. They should be used only as a last resort if at all.

Most pathogens can be controlled by healthy soil. In healthy soil there are many types of fungus that are very useful to plants and for helping ward off harmful diseases. This means you need plenty of organic material in your soil, both new and old at all times.

You need to continually be adding fresh organic material (at least once a year) and other organics to your soil. Where soil is depleted or very low on organic material the addition of a “Complete Natural Humate” can be very beneficial.

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Water: This is something that should be checked for content if you are using systems in your yard that are not potable. Be very careful using reclaimed water in that in can contain heavy metals and be harmful to pets and humans. Well water can bring up contaminates that can be harmful to all so check your water. City waters with heavy amounts of chlorine and other metals that can harmful to pets. If you use chlorinated water try to always apply it with fine spray devices. Chlorine dissipates very rapidly into the air if the water stream is broken down sufficiently. Some breeds are prone to urinary track infections and stones so check with your Vet. They should be given distilled bottled water.  

To check your dog's pH balance, pick up some pH strips at the drug store, and first thing in the morning test the dog's urine. If it reads anywhere from 6.2 - 6.5, your dog's system is exactly where it should be. If it is 7.5 or higher, the diet you are feeding is too alkaline.

Plants and Ground Cover: Many plants are toxic to both people and pets in some stage of development and it will vary from plant to plant whether it is the leaf, bark, flowers or fruit. Learn about what you grow. There is great information on the web about almost all plants. The following site gives a very comprehensive list:

Mulches: Studies have shown that cocoa mulches that 50% of the dogs that eat Cocoa Mulch can suffer physical harm to a variety of degrees (depending on each individual dog). Cocoa Mulch, which is sold by Home Depot, Foreman's Garden Supply and other garden supply stores contains a lethal ingredient called 'Theobromine'. It is lethal to dogs and cats. It smells like chocolate and it really attracts dogs. They will ingest this stuff and die. Several deaths already occurred in the last 2-3 weeks.

Make sure the mulch you use does not have used building lumber or other processed lumber in it. These can be very harmful.  

Organics – Natures way to protect the environment:

Organic Content of Soil: Without proper levels of organic material in our soil we do not have the beneficial soil biology necessary for growing healthy plants. This same biology can hold and breakdown harmful chemicals while protecting the environment. The amount of organic material needed in the soil varies from soil type and climate. It can be anywhere from 1% up to 6% and greater. Because plants use this material from the soil you need to replenish it every year.

Where the soil has be depleted of organics there are very high quality amendments that can do wonders for your soil. A “Complete Natural Humate” can add organic material, trace elements and beneficial soil biology along with lignin to start the healing process. You will still need to add compost and fresh organic material to keep the soil building process moving in the right direction.  

High quality soil amendments such as Turf & Garden Pro by TurfPro USA ( can raise your soil quality when used as part of a complete organic soil health program.

Organic fertilizers and Pesticides: There are many good organic fertilizers on the market and they can make a big difference in the safety of all around you. Your local garden center can guide you in the right direction for what is best for your needs.

Organic pesticides are in many cases much safer than synthetic ones but you still have to be very careful in that some of them are very dangerous to life of all kinds.

Organic yards and gardens are not that difficult and can make a difference with to the health of your family, your pets, wildlife and the environment.

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