Did the warm weather and sunshine last weekend boost you into overdrive like it did me? I was outside weeding, pruning shrubs that have already bloomed and planting some flowers. I dragged out the fertilizer for some things and went in search of weed killer for others. I discovered a healthy crop of poison ivy and wanted to nip it in the bud before it really takes over that part of the garden.
We don’t have a garage, so we keep our chemicals on the top shelf of a “gardening room” in our basement where visiting children won’t see it. While mixing up and spreading all of these chemicals, it occurred to me that I was lucky I didn’t have small fry around at the time. It reminded me to mention once more how important it is to lock up poisons when not in use and to keep kids away from treated areas until it’s safe for them to be romping through the grass again. This goes for your pets, too.
Whenever you can, use non-chemical pesticides. But remember, even natural ingredients can sometimes be poisonous. Always read the label and follow instructions, including those for keeping them out of the hands of children and safely disposing of the empty containers.
If you’re going to be out in the yard this holiday weekend, wait to treat the weeds until the weekend’s over and yard traffic dies down. You’ll be able to relax and let the tots crawl in the grass without concern.