I stopped using chemicals on my lawn, garden and plantings years ago. My reasons were and still are for the health of my pets, me and the wildlife.
When I first started weeding by hand I have to admit it was hard work. Our soil can be very hard. I learned it’s all about timing. You have to pull them before they go to seed and preferably after a good rain. Most years I can catch them and it sure pays off the next year! Now my 2 acre property is very low maintenance when it comes to weeds.
The next thing was to purchase a mulching lawn mower. I haven’t fertilized my lawn’s in 8 years! They are green, thick and more drought tolerant than before. I also have less urine burn spots from my 3 dogs.
There is one pesticide I haven’t been able to quit…ant spray. I don’t use it on ants but black widow spiders. My area is loaded with them. I had one dog get bit by something one year that caused her face to swell terribly. The vet thought it was a spider bite. So now I make sure the area’s where my dogs hang-out are as black widow free as possible. I make sure my dogs are the house before using. I noticed years ago that dogs try to lick it!
When it comes to fleas, I don’t seem to have many. My house has wood floors which helps tremendously! Carpeting is just gross when you have a lot of pets and allergies. I made the switch to wood 4 years ago and love it. It’s warmer and softer on the feet than tile. No grout to clean either.
So those are my main areas where I could avoid using pesticides around my pets. I’m more conscience now about cleaning products that I use in the home as well. I’ll save that for another day.