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Old 05-19-2017, 08:53 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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I'm temporarily staying in a condominium complex with a lot of lawns. I came back today and saw a guy spreading granular fertilizer all over the place. I asked him what he was using and he showed me the bag. I didn't have my glasses with me so i couldn't read the ingredients but the brand is Wil-Gro. I googled the company. There are many different products but i assume that it is Wil-Gro Lawn ... Page 35 on this PDF catalogue site ... about 3/4 down on the page.

http://ag.wilburellis.com/Locations/...-WA_K-1213.pdf

Does anyone know about these kinds of products or this one in particular? I can keep my dog from ingesting any grass and even keep her from sniffing, etc. but there are very few places where she'll pee other than the grass. How dangerous is this stuff? And if she does have to walk on it (briefly to pee) is wiping her paws off afterward sufficient so that she won't ingest any of it if she licks her paws.
I'm 100% organic and chemically sensitive myself and have never dealt with any of this kind of thing so i'm a bit freaked out about it. They didn't put down any little flags on the lawn.
Any info much appreciated.

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Old 05-20-2017, 05:37 AM
 
Location: Watervliet, NY
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So... walk her someplace that is OFF the property. I'm sure the manament will be pleased to see an owner not allowing their dog to use the lawns as its own personal toilet.
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Old 05-20-2017, 06:09 AM
 
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It may sound nutty but could you get booties for your dog on her walks? Her most vulnerable areas are her paws and her nose. Truly, the condo should put flags up if they fertilize.

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Old 05-20-2017, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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It may sound nutty but could you get booties for your dog on her walks? Her most vulnerable areas are her paws and her nose. Truly, the condo should put flags up if they fertilize.

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No, it's not nutty. I actually thought about that. Thank you for your reply and for the links. I don't know why they didn't put up those little flags. I assume that they assume that the fertilizer is harmless.
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Old 05-20-2017, 07:08 PM
 
Location: NC
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See page 38 of the brochure?
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Old 05-20-2017, 08:47 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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See page 38 of the brochure?
The guy who was spreading the stuff showed me the bag but i didn't have my glasses with me so i'm not sure which lawn product he used. I could only see Wil-Gro. There are quite a few different lawn products that the company makes and maybe i'm not reading the brochure correctly but it doesn't seem (the way i read it ) that all of those lawn fertilizers are organic / pet friendly. I'll find out exactly which one they used. Thanks though. I didn't see page 38. Hopefully they used the pet safe one. This is a very dog friendly area and there are many dogs in the complex so you'd think they'd use one that is safe for dogs (and other critters).
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Old 05-20-2017, 08:52 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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So... walk her someplace that is OFF the property. I'm sure the manament will be pleased to see an owner not allowing their dog to use the lawns as its own personal toilet.
I walk and hike with her constantly / daily. But when she needs to go out for a pee at 6 in the a.m. (or late at night) it's not unreasonable for a dog to pee on the grass .... and without getting poison on her paws!
This is a condominium complex that allows dogs and there are many of them and no one (including the management) has any problem with dogs peeing on the grass. Or pooping for that matter because everyone picks up after their dog.
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