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How Long Should You Keep Your Pets off the Lawn After a Fertilizer Treatment? | Turf Badger

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Lawn fertilizer treatments are a surefire way to keep your turf vibrant and healthy throughout the year. But if you’re a proud pet owner, you need to be aware of how long to wait before letting your pets on your lawn after a treatment. Some fertilizers will allow you to use your yard much quicker than others. For instance, liquid fertilizers dry faster than granular fertilizers that need to be watered into your soil. Even factors like the hot weather we experience here in Wisconsin can sometimes speed the process up! But no matter what type of treatment you schedule, you should always check with your lawn care provider before letting your pets out! They’ll give you all the information you need based on the product they’re using, so you don’t have to worry about putting your pets at risk!

What type of fertilizer is being used: liquid or granular?

There are two types of fertilizer treatments you can schedule: liquid or granular, and the amount of time you’ll have to wait before you can let your pets back onto your lawn will vary greatly depending on the type of treatment you’re using. If you scheduled a liquid fertilizer treatment, you have to wait for the product to dry before your pets can start enjoying your yard again. Usually, liquid fertilizers can take anywhere between 2 to 4 hours to dry on your lawn.
If you schedule a granular treatment, you’ll have to wait longer for your yard to be useable again. Before the countdown even begins, you’ll have to water the granules first to activate them. After the granules are activated, it can take around 24 hours for them to dissolve, so that’s how long you’ll likely need to wait before you can let your pets start using the lawn again.
Pair fertilizer treatments with weed control so your grass isn’t competing with weeds for essential nutrients.

The weather will affect how quickly your lawn dries after a fertilizer treatment.

The weather is another factor you should consider when it comes to how much time you should wait before letting your pets back onto your lawn. Dry, hot weather can drastically reduce the time you have to wait. The sun can evaporate liquid fertilizers at a much faster rate, meaning it could take as little as 20 minutes before you can let your pets use your lawn again.
The heat also affects how quickly you can use your lawn after the granular fertilizer treatment is activated. Usually, you have to wait for the granules to soak into the soil after watering, which can take around a day or so. But the heat can also speed this process up, meaning your lawn may be useable before the 24-hour mark.

Always consult with your lawn care provider for information on their fertilizer treatment.

Even if you know how long to wait before letting your pets use your lawn again, you always want to consult with your lawn care provider. You don’t want to make a mistake and risk your pet’s health! Your lawn care provider might use a specific fertilizer treatment with its own recommended waiting time. When you ask them about their products up front, they’ll be able to tell you how long you should wait before you let your pets use your lawn again.

Call us today to sign up for our lawn fertilization program!

At Turf Badger, we use a liquid fertilizer in our lawn fertilization program because it can be absorbed into your soil quickly. This allows you and your pets to start enjoying your lawn again relatively quickly! We service commercial, HOA, and residential properties in the Appleton, WI area, including surrounding areas like Green Bay and Bellevue. Call us today at 920-289-4977 and sign up for our comprehensive lawn fertilization program!

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