Lawn fertilizers can hurt dogs, according to Garden Guides. Lawn fertilizers carry nitrogen, phosphate and potassium, all of which cause irritation to a dog's stomach when ingested. A study conducted by Purdue University shows that the ingestion of insecticides and herbicides fosters a higher risk of bladder cancer in canines.Continue Reading
Garden Guides states that lawn fertilizers cause skin irritation and diarrhea in dogs. An article from SFGate highlights other visible symptoms of canine fertilizer poisoning, such as vomiting and seizures. Organic fertilizer also contains metals, pathogens and other forms of waste that irritate a dog's digestive tract.
In the case of liquid fertilizer, the SFGate states that dogs should be kept off of lawns until the grass is visibly dry. For granular fertilizer, keeping dogs away from grass for 24 hours allows enough time for the soil to absorb the pellets.
There are certain fertilizers marketed as pet-friendly, according to LiquidFertilizerOrganic.com. The website recommends choosing a brand of fertilizer that contains no insecticides and herbicides, along with checking the label to ensure the product is dog-friendly. It is important for dog owners to avoid fertilizers containing harmful chemicals, such as chloroethane, which is a carcinogenic agent, and organophosphates, which can lead to labored breathing, hyperthermia and death in dogs.Learn more about Gardening & Landscapes
Some good liquid fertilizers include Bonnie's Plants Herb, Vegetable and Flower Plant Food; Miracle-Gro Liquid All Purpose Plant Food Concentrate and several Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers products. One advantage of liquid fertilizers is that they are quickly absorbed by the plant, which benefits from the nutrients immediately.Full Answer >
Artificial fertilizers are man-made chemical compounds that mimic the soil's natural minerals and elements to maximize plant growth. They usually contain different ratios of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium, calcium, magnesium and other elements.Full Answer >
The term "organically grown" means that the food in question, such as a fruit or a vegetable, has been grown using only natural (i.e., not synthetic) pesticides and fertilizers. While technically, any food can claim to be organic, only those that are certified organic through the USDA or another official organization can be guaranteed to be free of synthetic pesticides and fertilizers.Full Answer >
Benefits of home composting include producing nutrient-rich soil, reducing the need for chemical fertilizers, reducing landfill methane emissions and lowering one’s carbon footprint. Composting yard waste and food scraps at home also reduces 20 to 30 percent of the waste normally thrown in the garbage.Full Answer >