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Lawn Care and Dog Safety- What you need to know

If you’re a pet owner, you may have questions about whether a lawn care program is safe. Reading the ingredient list in herbicides and fertilizers can be confusing and overwhelming! We spoke with Matt Giroud, Director of Field Operations and Dog-Dad of Maya, a 7 year old rescue pup, to see what he has to say about lawn care and dog safety.

Matt and his wife, Taylor, rescued Maya, a sweet Staffordshire Terrier mix, a few years ago. Matt often brings Maya to work with him, where she is doted on by all of us here at the office. She’s Matt’s sidekick and can often be found relaxing on her comfy bed under his desk. “She follows me everywhere,” Matt says with a smile. “She’s a great companion. At home, she loves to run and play in the yard.”

Maya is family to Matt and Taylor, and they always have her health and safety at the forefront of their minds. When it came to deciding on whether to have his lawn treated with Giroud’s 6-visit lawn care program, he had no reservations about dog safety.

Dog Safety and Lawn Care

“Giroud’s Traditional Lawn Care Program can either consist of granular or liquid fertilizer, and both are safe for pets,” explains Matt. “The granular fertilizer is spread across the entire lawn and lays at the soil surface. But the pellet-to-soil ratio is so small that it would be impossible for the pet to ingest a dangerous amount. Your dog would have to eat a large quantity of pellets right out of the bag in order to get sick, and customers don’t have to worry about that because we don’t leave the bag behind.”

“The liquid fertilizer is sprayed over the entire lawn and takes about 1-2 hours to dry, depending on the weather and humidity. Once it’s dry, it is absolutely safe for pets and people to walk on the treated grass.”

When unwanted, wayward weeds pop up, Giroud uses a liquid weed spot control that is sprayed directly onto the weed. Again, this product needs about an hour to dry, and then it’s ok to walk on.

“Maya is such an important part of our family that I understand the feeling of wanting little to no chemicals on the property,” says Matt. “I’m confident the Traditional Lawn Care Program is safe. But for those customers who want no chemicals, Giroud does have organic options!”

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Maya often tags along with Matt Giroud to the office, where she has a special spot under his desk to relax while he works.

Organic Lawn Care Options

Giroud’s Organic Lawn Care Program is 100% chemical-free. No herbicides, fungicides, or synthetic pesticides are utilized in this program. Instead, Giroud relies on non-chemical strategies to address any problems and only 100% Natural Organic, non-synthetic materials are used in all of the processes. Some companies use products that are organic-based. This means they have organic fertilizer within the product, but the rest of it is synthetic and costs less. Giroud’s 100% Natural Organic Lawn Care Program only uses products that comply with the Organic Materials Review Institute (OMRI) standards for Natural Organic.

If completely chemical-free lawn care is what you are seeking, patience is key to the process. Much of the focus of an organic program is on strengthening and improving the condition of the soil and the grass root system. Since herbicides and pesticides are not used in the Organic Lawn Care Program, weeds are combated by slowly crowding them out while strengthening the grass roots. This process can take a longer time, but you can trust that Giroud only uses 100% Natural Organic certified products. The formula is completely safe for pets, kids, and pollinators, like bees and butterflies.

To learn more about How to Decide between Giroud’s Traditional or Organic Lawn Care Programs, Click Here!

Dog Safety Tips for Your Yard

Your dog loves you unconditionally, and you want to keep him safe and healthy while he’s out in the yard. Here are some tips to follow to make sure he can enjoy time outside worry-free:

  • Check the fence seasonally to make sure there are no cracks or openings that could allow your dog to escape.
  • Put away gardening tools and keep the yard clean of debris that could harm your dog.
  • As the weather warms up, be sure to put out water for your dog if he’s playing outside, and bring him inside if we experience extreme heat.
  • Be careful about which plants you choose to grow in your yard. Check out this list published by the ASPCA of Toxic and Non-Toxic Plants.
  • Protect your dog from insects and the diseases they carry! Giroud also offers Traditional and Organic Mosquito and Tick Control Programs. These treatments combat fleas and other biting insects as well.

An Inspection is the First Step to a Safe and Beautiful Yard!

Get started today by calling Giroud at 215-682-7704. Inspections are always FREE, and your Giroud Representative will custom design a lawn care program that fits your specific needs so you and your dog can enjoy the yard!

Author: Jeanne Hafner

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  • Bill Saccone

    Hey Matt, thanks for the informative article. What are your views regarding the pesticide treatments and dogs?

    • Jeanne Hafner

      Hi Bill! We follow all of the procedural directions on the labels for our pesticides. Much like the Lawncare program, all of our pesticides are safe as long as you wait until the treatment is dry before letting your dog outside. You would want to keep an eye on your dog to see if he is eating any of the shrubbery or plant material, but that is very rare that a pet would do that. We always leave a copy of the work order at the door to let you know that we’ve been there, so you’d know when you can let your dog outside. I hope that answers your question! Please don’t hesitate to call 215-682-7704 if you have any further questions. Have a great day!