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jtsmum
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Is it safe for my dogs if I use Roundup to kill weeds in my yard
My back yard is full of weeds that I need to get rid of but I'm afraid to use Roundup because Sophie likes to chew on weeds, seeds, etc. on the ground. Does anyone know what I can use to kill these weeds?
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5/1/2012 2:37:18 PM Reply To Post
Piletre
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RE: Is it safe for my dogs if I use Roundup to kill weeds in my yard
Please do not use any weed killer in the yard. Not only do the animals chew on the greenery, but they also lick their paws and can get the poison into their system.

I don't know if you have a yard full of weeds, or a weedy lawn, but I'd just mow once a week. We have a field that we keep mowed and it looks great for about 9 months out of the year, like a big lawn.
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5/6/2012 4:14:42 PM Reply To Post
ShelbyBelle
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RE: Is it safe for my dogs if I use Roundup to kill weeds in my yard
Here is a few homemade 'Pet Friendly' you may want to try.
If you already know that she chews weeds and (mine will put anything in her mouth and then run from me as if its a game) then it is probably best not to use any chemicals. Even if it said pet friendly I am not sure I would trust it.

Boiling Water
If you have an area that you need to clear weeds out of on a wholesale level, such as a driveway or a sidewalk or just a large weedy patch where no plants you wish to keep are growing, you may want to consider using boiling water. Boiling water is certainly a pet safe weed killer and it will instantly kill any plant it comes in contact with by literally cooking the plant in the ground. But be careful, boiling water will kill all plants, not just the weeds.

Vinegar
Vinegar works well as pet friendly weed killer. All you need to do is spray the vinegar on the plants that you wish to kill. For some tougher weeds, you may need to reapply the vinegar several times before the plant completely dies.

Salt
If you have an area that you do not wish to have plants growing at all, like a brick path or patio, salt works well as a pet safe weed control. Putting salt in an area will make the soil unsuitable for plants and weeds to grow in.

Sugar
Believe it or not, sugar is also a pet friendly weed killer. It puts the soil organisms into overdrive and the soil becomes temporarily unsuitable for plants. It is great for killing weed trees, pushes or vines that are hard to pull out. Simply pour some sugar at the base of the plant you wish to kill. If you are concerned about it becoming an attraction to pests, simply mix the sugar with equal parts chili pepper to deter those possible pests.

Corn Meal
Sometimes the most effective pet safe weed killers are the ones that stop the weeds before they even appear. Corn meal has a chemical in it that acts as a pre-emergent on plant seeds. That means that it will prevent the seed from germinating. Sprinkling corn meal in an area that you want to keep weeds out of, will not harm the current plants but will keep weeds from growing.

Recipe for homemade pet safe weed killer
The nice thing about all of these is that any of them can be combined to make more effective pet safe weed killers. Just mix them together. If the mixture is liquid and you will be using a spray bottle, add in a little dish soap. The dish soap will help the liquid stick to the weed better.
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5/7/2012 3:43:29 PM Reply To Post
jtsmum
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RE: Is it safe for my dogs if I use Roundup to kill weeds in my yard
Thanks so much for all the ideas--they sound great and some-thing I would rather use than chemicals. My back yard is huge and just a big weed patch so mixing them together sounds like the way to go, plus putting dish soap in it. I'll need a really BIG sprayer! Thanks again, appreciate it.
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5/7/2012 10:21:18 PM Reply To Post