How do I use weed killer safely around pets?
The products we’ve included in our list are some of the safest options we could find, however as a sacrifice, they may not kill weeds as effectively as nasty chemical products.
If you do decide to go back to a stronger, more effective solution, we recommend always following these guidelines to keep your animals as safe as possible!
Read the label
This one is a super obvious suggestion, but we’ve all been guilty of glancing at the back of a bottle or skimming through instructions before going ahead and winging it.
However, this isn’t smart if applying weed killer, as for them to be effective you have to correctly administer the right amount.
Over-using a product will simply put your pets at risk, while also not providing better results.
Keep pets inside
Even if you are using a pet-safe weedkiller, we would recommend keeping your pet indoors for a few hours until it dries.
Don’t think this allows you to use a non-toxic weed killer though – even when dried, it can still linger. Plus, you can’t always guarantee your cat won’t find every which way to escape the house.
After applying a weed killer, it’s best to wait 24 hours before letting your pets back into the garden. This will not only ensure the product has dried, but that it has also effectively soaked into the soil.
If your pet usually goes to the toilet outside, take them for a walk or utilise a litter tray to keep them away from treated areas.
Can I kill weeds without using weed killer?
Still not convinced they’re safe to use? While they won’t be as strong as chemical weed killers, you can use natural homemade methods to keep weeds at bay.
We have found the best home remedies to be:
- Boiling water
- Salt (in small amounts!)
- Allelopathic plants (prevent weeds from forming)
- Burning them
While perennial weeds such as the dreaded dandelion can be unaffected unless the root is pulled up, using one of the above methods should keep the rest of the weeds at bay.
Is Roundup weed killer safe for pets?
Roundup is by the far the most popular product for killing weeds and so it’s no wonder people want to know if it’s safe for pets.
In general, Roundup states that pets needn’t be separated from treated areas once the formula is dry. But we don’t like to just take their word for it.
However, for a pet-safe version, you still need to look for one which is Glyphosate-Free as not all Roundup products are.
What happens if pets ingest weed killers?
Hopefully, it won’t happen, but if your cat or dog shows signs of gastrointestinal upset up to 72 hours after the application of weedkiller in your garden, immediately contact your vet. Take the packaging into the vets with you, and try to identify the weeds that it was used on too.