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Pet Etiquette

Pet Etiquette Guide: Scoop the Poop

Keeping pet waste off the ground is an important responsibility held by all pet owners. If not addressed, the presence of unattended to waste can quickly become a major point of conflict amongst neighbors. In fact, it happens to be the single-most talked about problem in homeowner assoiciation and community manager board meetings across the country.

When taking you dog for a walk, always keep a couple doody pickup bags with you. Even if you don’t expect Fido to go, you never know. It may also be that you bump into a neighbor who has forgotten a bag of his or her own and will appreciate the gesture.

If you forget a bag and your dog does do his business, don’t forget about the waste, too. Head home for a bag, then go back and pick it up.

So what’s the big deal?

Keeping this waste off the ground is not just about being considerate to your neighbors and their lawns - It’s also protecting the environment, your family and the community.

Dog waste is more than just a gross and unsightly mess. In 1991, it was labeled a non-point source pollutant by the Environmental Protection Agency, placing it in the same category as herbicides and insecticides; oil, grease and toxic chemicals; and acid drainage from abandoned mines. According to the EPA, two or three days worth of droppings from a popualtion of about 100 dogs can contribute enough bacteria to temporarily close a bay and all watershed areas within 20 miles to swimming and shell fishing.

Unattended waste can also harm you health. While many of us don’t realize it, dog waste often carries bacteria, worms and other parasites that can be transmitted directly to humans and make them sick. Ringworm, roundworm, salmonella and giardia are examples of such bacteria, all of which are found in dogs feces and are easily transsferable upon contact. Roundworm, for example, is one of the most common parasites found in dog droppings and it can remain infectious in contaminated soil and water for years.

Thank you for taking the time to clean up after your pet!

Loose Dogs

Loose Dogs

Pets are YOUR responsibility. When dogs are not on a leash, they must be securely confined. When a dog’s owner is not present, it may feel threatened by a stranger and act out of character. It is your responsibility to ensure the safety of your neighbors by having full control of your dogs at all times. 

Lawn Care Tips

Lawn Care Tips
Lawns have specific fertilizer requirements, depending on the season and the type of turfgrass you grow. Read the instructions on the package carefully before purchasing. Lawn fertilizers containing various percentages of nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium are common lawn foods. Fertilizer combined with pesticides are also widely used.

Weed and Feed and Pre- or Post- Emergents Weed and Feed is a common term which refers to fertilizer that contains weed killer for broadleaf weeds such as dandelions or grassy weeds like crabgrass. Look on the label for a list of weeds that can be treated with the product. The two types are: Pre-emergents, such as those commonly used to prevent crabgrass, are weed killers which must be applied before the weeds germinate. They are ineffective if the weeds are already actively growing. Pre-emergent weed killers are often mixed with fertilizer and are applied early in the season.

Post-emergents are contact killers. They are effective only if the weeds are already actively growing. They will not kill weeds that have not yet germinated. The timing of application of pre-and post-emergents is critical for success. Applying these products too early or too late is essentially a waste of time. If sowing grass seed is also in your lawn schedule, make sure that there is the proper time interval between applying weed and feed and sowing. Read the package carefully before selecting to be sure which product fits your needs. Starter fertilizers and winterizers provide extra phosphorus for root growth. Starter fertilizers are applied to provide a boost to newly seeded lawns. Winterizers are used as a last fall feeding to promote off-season root growth.

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