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What to Put on Vegetable Plants That Won't Hurt Pets

by LissaJ
  • Overview

    When you plant vegetables, you want to be able to feed them, keep out the weeds, and keep off the insects, without hurting the vegetables themselves. If you have pets however, you should know that regular vegetable-safe weed killers, insecticides and fertilizers can hurt pets.
  • Weed Killer

    Your vegetable plants will probably need some sort of weed killer. Most weed killers, even if they say pet-safe, can still be toxic to your pets. The best thing to do is to go completely natural when dealing with weeds near vegetables. This is good for the veggies, as well as your pets. Vinegar is one of the best pet safe weed killers. Put vinegar in areas where you don't want weeds to grow, or put it on already growing weeds. You can also salt the areas where you would not like grasses or weeds growing, and they' will stay clear. Another pet safe alternative is to use boiling water on weed plants. The boiling water will kill the weeds immediately.
 
  • Insecticide

    Getting rid of pests is never an easy task, but it can be even harder to do when you are trying to be pet safe. If you have bugs or pets that are on your vegetables, it is important to find a food-safe and pet-safe pesticide or insecticide. There are several that you can choose from. Insecticides made up out of Bacillus thuringiensis, or BT, could be safe for humans and pets, if BT is the only ingredient. BT is a natural insecticide that will kill the caterpillars that damage your vegetables without harming you or your pets. You can also ask your nursery worker or gardening expert about pet-friendly organic pesticides.
  • Fertilizer

    Healthy soil is the best pet-friendly fertilizer. Buy organic potting soil before you even start to plant your vegetable garden. This will give your plants plenty of food and fertilizer without having chemical elements that can be dangerous to your pet. There are plenty of great organic varieties of potting soil, and although they might be more expensive, they will be safer in the long run.

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