Homeowners love a well-manicured lawn. A healthy, green lawn is the perfect place for kids to play, dogs to run around, and parties to be hosted. The key to a healthy lawn is regular fertilization. However, some people are concerned that the fertilizer they spread on their lawn may have harmful effects on local wildlife, specifically birds.
The good news is that lawn fertilizer generally does not hurt birds. While it is true that some types of fertilizer can be harmful to birds if ingested in large quantities, the amount of fertilizer typically used on a lawn is not enough to cause any significant harm.
However, there are a few things to keep in mind when fertilizing your lawn to ensure that the process is as safe as possible for local bird populations. First, avoid using fertilizers that contain insecticides or pesticides. These chemicals can be harmful to birds if they come into contact with them or if the birds eat insects or other prey that have been exposed to them. Second, refrain from over-fertilizing your lawn. Too much fertilizer can actually be detrimental to the health of your grass and make it more likely to attract pests which can harm birds. Lastly, always clean up any unused fertilizer after you finish applying it so that curious birds don't accidentally ingest it.
By following these simple guidelines, you can spread fertilizer on your lawn without harming any local bird populations. So go ahead and enjoy that well-manicured lawn knowing that you're not harming any feathered friends in the process!