Selecting pet-safe lawn and garden products has become simpler than in years past due to the growing interest in "green" gardening. A large variety of products can be purchased online or at local garden centers that contain all-natural ingredients that will have little to no effect on humans and animals. Home remedies are also effective, including the application of vinegar and boiling water to an offending weed.
Lightning Fast Weed Killer
Lightning Fast comes in a handheld 32-ounce spray bottle. The product kills grass and weeds on contact. Results begin to show in an hour. Premixed and ready to go, this is an all-natural product made of clove oil and vinegar. It is both pet and child safe.
Consumer Brands LG Safe N Simple Weed Control
Consumer Brands LG Safe N Simple Weed control is a pre-emergence weed control made of all-natural materials. With the only ingredient listed as "corn gluten meal," this is an all-natural product that is comes in a spreadable crumbled form. The particles contain a blend of nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and pant nutrients. The product is for establishing lawns and is best for controlling crabgrass.
Bite Blocker EcoBlender Weed Killer
Bite Blocker EcoBlender Weed Killer uses soybean oil, citric acids and cedar oil as the main ingredients in their child- and pet-friendly weed killer. Using a formula that features fatty acids of plant oils, the product will work in one to seven days. Safe to use, the product will break down weeds into a compost. The product is suitable for use on agricultural gardens, as well as flower gardens.
Fertilome Weed Free Zone
Fertilome Weed Free Zone is safe for use on most grasses and controls many of the most difficult broadleaf weeds, including ivy, clover, chickweed, dandelions and poison ivy. The product contains carfentrazone-ethyl, which can be a little toxic to fish, so spraying near a koi pond or waterway is not advised. The product is considered efficient against clover and is rated very low for human and animal toxicity. It has a short half-life, meaning it is all but non-existent in four to six weeks.
BurnOut II Organic Weed & Grass Killer
BurnOut II is made from a blend of vinegar and lemon juices and works fast and efficient. A spray-on product, first results should be evident in 20 minutes. The all-natural product contains clove oil and sodium laurel sulphate, as well as vinegar, citric acid and mineral oil. Burnout can be used on shrubbery beds as a post-defoliant to control unwanted grass and weeds. Annuals are killed right away, but perennials can regenerate after an application and will require additional applications. The product is best compared to the popular brand "Roundup," with the exception that it is all-natural, biodegradable and will not affect soil health, nor does it pose a threat to animals or humans.