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Dogs that eat grass-safe to spray?

Discussion in 'Pesticide & Herbicide Application' started by mikesturf, Jul 16, 2006.

  1. mikesturf

    mikesturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 797

    Have a potential new lawn fert client with lots of weeds. She says "my dogs like to eat the grass, is it safe for my dogs to eat the grass after you spray". I would be using Speedzone. My gut says pass on this one-PITA? Anyone ever had a situation like this and what did you do?
     
  2. RigglePLC

    RigglePLC LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,707

    About 20 years ago Chemlawn did some experiments on this idea with laboratory dogs. Possibly by Bob Partyka. Dogs wouldn't eat grass--so they pumped lawn solution with Trimec directly into their stomachs. The dog "volunteers" did fine.
    With their sensitive noses i don't see how a dog would eat treated grass.
    If dog ate 1000 square feet of grass--he would still be eating only about an ounce of weed killer.
    Not sure which weed product has lowest toxicity--possibly "Quicksilver". You don't need to use much active ingredient per thousand square feet.
     
  3. hmartin

    hmartin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 590

    Check the dog grazing interval on the label.:) I know farmers that use 2-4,d and dicamba (2 of the ingredients of Speedzone) with cows in the pasture. I think the grazing interval is 7 days for beef cows, but many do not follow this. Cows are going to eat a lot more grass than that guy's dog.

    One the other hand, if that dog dies within the next two years, he is probably going to blame you.
     
  4. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    Just tell her not to let the dogs eat grass for a day. I think she could handle that!!! JMO
     
  5. Chris@CRU

    Chris@CRU LawnSite Member
    Messages: 72

    Place a sign in the yard stating a pesticide application has been performed (check local requirments for sign size), and place a service ticket that they sign, staing to keep the pets off until dry. If the dogs get sick, without taking these precautions, you will have a hard if not impossible time proving yo uare not responsible for poisoning thier dogs. Thier vet will not look past the pesticide application for a cause as to why the dogs are sink. Been there, done that, signed work order, sign in lawn saved me thousands!
     
  6. upidstay

    upidstay LawnSite Bronze Member
    from CT
    Messages: 1,573

    I would pass on this one.
     
  7. mikesturf

    mikesturf LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 797

    Thanks for all the replys. I think I will pass this one up. Not worth the extra worry and concern. There are thousands of lawns out there, sometimes you gotta go with your gut.
     

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