How to Keep Your Pets Safe During Yard Work
You may be excited to spend a Saturday outside maintaining your lawn, but ensuring that your dog is safe while you’re mowing or weed eating can be stressful. Here are a few easy to follow tips that will help you to complete those outdoor tasks while enjoying time with your sweet pooch. At Awad Landscapes, we love to fulfill our customers’ dreams for their backyards and landscaping. Whatever you envision for your outdoor space, we can do it! Call us today!
Prepare the Area!
Before you let your dog off his or her leash, take a minute and survey the area you’ll be working in. Make sure to remove any rocks, stones, sticks, or trash if you’re planning to mow. These items can become projectiles that could injure your dog. Also, make sure to remove any dog toys, leashes, or balls from the yard so that you don’t accidentally run over them with your lawnmower. After the yard or landscaping is prepared, then your pup can enjoy his or herself and get some exercise while spending time with you.
Turn It Off
Even if you’re just taking a quick phone call, turn off any and all equipment while you’re not operating or near it. Shut down the engine of your lawnmower and weedeater to avoid any potential injuries that could harm your pet. If you’re using any electric lawn tools, make sure to unplug them as well so that a curious paw or snuffling nose won’t accidentally turn on the equipment, causing an injury. And of course, don’t ever allow a pet to sit with you on your riding lawnmower. One small bump or miscalculated turn could potentially place your dog in harm’s way.
Pick Pet-Friendly Mulch
If your pooch loves to dig and sniff around your yard, then it’s important to make sure you’re choosing landscaping mulch that is safe for pets. Often dogs are interested in and attracted to strong-smelling mulch, especially cocoa mulch. Cocoa mulch is extremely common and contains theobromine, which is the same additive that is contained in chocolate. As most dog owners know, chocolate is extremely lethal to dogs. If your dog enjoys digging, chewing on, and smelling fresh mulch, then confirm that the mulch you’re placing around your landscaping or yard is safe for Fido to play in. At Awad Landscapes, we can help you choose the right mulch for your landscaping and for the safety of your canine companion.
If you love maintaining a green lawn, then it’s important to discuss how often you fertilize your grass. Pets often eat grass, which means they also eat the fertilizer. Even organic fertilizers can prove harmful if your dog ingests too much of it, so it’s important to not fertilize often so that your pet isn’t consistently eating fertilizer. Make sure that when you’re purchasing fertilizer that it’s labeled as “pet safe”, and, after you’ve fertilized your yard, keep your pet off of the lawn for at least 24 hours. It’s also a great idea to train your dog to eat pet-specific grass that is grown for him or her without any fertilizer so that your canine companion won’t be tempted to eat your lawn grass that is laden with chemicals.
Having a four-legged friend is one of the best parts of life. As an honorary member of your family, it’s important to take care of your dog and ensure that he or she is in a protected environment. Awad Landscapes is passionate about creating the yard and landscaping of your dreams so that you can enjoy it as much as your pup does. We love to make the impossible, possible. No job is too small! For any questions regarding pet-friendly landscaping, call us today!