When you own dogs and cats that spend a great deal of time outside, you know that it is important that your yard is friendly and safe to them. As such, you do not want to put any products on your lawn or in your garden plot and flower beds that could be harmful in any way to your pets. This does not mean that your landscaping design and the health of your plants has to suffer. Get to know some of the pet-friendly ways that you can control your weeds in your backyard so that you can be sure you are doing everything you can to protect your yard and your pets.

Use Cornmeal In Your Flower Beds (After Your Plants Are In)

Cornmeal (also known as corn gluten meal) is a product that many people use in their kitchen on a regular basis. However, it can also be used in your landscaped flowerbeds as a natural weed deterrent.

In fact, cornmeal actually prevents all seeds from germinating (growing). Because of this unique property, you can sprinkle cornmeal in your flowerbeds after the plants you want are already in the ground and have germinated. This is a safe and inexpensive way to prevent weeds from growing in those areas.

Spray Vinegar On Weeds That Do Pop Up

Another natural way to control weeds in your backyard without doing harm to your beloved pets also calls for a trip to the kitchen pantry. This time, you will need to reach for the distilled white vinegar.

Pour some of the vinegar into a spray bottle and spray it directly on any weeds in your yard that you want to get rid of. The acidic vinegar will damage the weeds and with several sprays over the course of a few days, you can potentially kill the weeds entirely. Just be careful not to also spray your healthy and wanted plants, as the vinegar can also do damage to them.

Use Weed Control Supplies That Are Citrus-Based

If you prefer to use weed control supplies that are available in stores, you will want to pay special attention to the ingredients that are used. Look for organic products that use a combination of a few essential oils like citrus and orange oil. These contain citric acid which will damage unwanted plants when the solution is applied.

In addition to citric essential oils, clove and cinnamon are effective products to kill and control weeds in your yard. Be sure that your weed control supplies do not contain any poisons that could harm your pets and talk to your vet or a lawn care professional if you worry that your dog or cat could have been exposed to or poisoned by a weed killer.

Now that you have a few ideas of ways that you can control weeds in your yard while keeping your pets healthy and safe, you can get started in the process as soon as possible.