Is Lawn Fertilizer Safe For Your Kids and Pets? How Long To Stay Off Your Grass

When it comes to your family (including your furry, four-legged members), we know how important safety is to you. That’s why you might be asking Is fertilizer safe for kids and pets?
While you want a green, healthy, and thriving lawn, you don’t want it at the expense of your family’s safety.

Fortunately, lawn fertilization performed by a lawn care professional is safe. But we’re still rounding up some of our best fertilizer safety tips for children and pets as well as answering your common questions about this service.

We want you to be able to feel confident about your decision to have your Memphis, TN lawn fertilized. After all, it’s an incredibly important service. Lawn fertilization is one of the best things that you can do to promote a healthy lawn.

How Long Before Pets and Kids Can Go on a Fertilized Lawn?

We understand that the safety of your children and pets always comes first to you. While the products that Master Lawn uses for lawn fertilization are safe, we do recommend keeping pets and kids indoors during the application process.

Lawn care technician fertilizes lawn

This is also because we would never want your pet to escape while we are in and out of your yard during our service.

We know how important our clients’ pets are to them and we are also always cautious about closing and latching gates when we leave so that homeowners can let their pets out after we’re gone.

family and pets playing on lawn after fertilization

In terms of how long before pets and kids can go on a fertilized lawn, our liquid fertilization products are safe as soon as they dry. That’s because as the liquid material dries on the plant material it is absorbed or bonded to the surface so that it won’t get picked up on pets’ skin or paws (or children’s hands or feet). Because of this, you can let your pets and children back outside once the product has dried feeling confident that they’re in no danger.

technician spraying liquid fertilizer

As far as exactly how long should you stay off the grass after fertilizing (or how long it takes for the product to dry), it’s usually about a half hour to an hour.

Our liquid products dry quickly and once they are dry, it’s safe to use the lawn.

Safety Tips for Granular Fertilization Products

Depending upon the time of the year and what we’re trying to achieve, we may also use some granular fertilization products, which homeowners will see sitting on the lawn after our application.

sprinkler watering lawn after granular fertilization

We generally tell homeowners to water these products in so that they get down into the soil, which will make them feel even better about the safety. This will also help to activate the product and get the nutrients down to the root zone (in the soil) where they’re needed.

We typically say to wait 24 hours before watering your lawn after a granular fertilization service. But it is important that your lawn receives that good watering session soon after the 24 hour waiting period. Watering will help to break the product down and begin feeding nutrients to the lawn. The key nutrients that a lawn needs are Nitrogen (N), Phosphorus (P), and Potassium (K), which are all found in fertilizer.

granular fertilizer loaded into spreader

While the granular products that we use are safe and you could let your pets or kids out after the service is completed, we know that some clients feel better about waiting until this watering is completed and the fertilizer is broken down and activated. If it gives you even more confidence about the safety, then you can wait until the lawn has been watered and then dried before using the lawn.

Working with Master Lawn for a Safe and Healthy Lawn in Memphis, TN & Northern Mississippi

At the end of the day, we understand that you want a healthy and thriving lawn but you also want to know Is fertilizer safe for kids and pets?

You certainly don’t want to feel as though you’re making any sacrifices to your family’s safety to have a thick and green lawn. And fortunately, you don’t have to.

dog on lush lawn

At Master Lawn, we are always available to answer your questions. We also care about being a conscientious company that will always go the extra mile, including closing and latching gates to help you keep children and pets safe.

We love and cherish our families just like you do so we completely understand your concerns. But we’re here to help you get the best of all worlds with a thriving lawn that will be safe for your family to enjoy.

If you’re ready to work with a lawn care company in Memphis, TN and Northern Mississippi that will be there to provide you with guidance on any lawn care questions, talk to a lawn care expert, choose from 3 program options, and become the master of your lawn.

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Joey Steele, Lawn & Plant Health Care Manager

Since 2004, Joey has been using his B.S. in Landscape Construction and his turf and ornamental certifications to transform properties in our area. He loves seeing the fruit of his team's hard work and enjoys the many relationships he's formed since joining our team in 2008. He's an Olive Branch, MS native and enjoys spending time with his wife and three young boys, fishing and going to football games.

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