Testing Your Yard!

Sparkles, here! 

The trees are budding, the crocuses are blooming, and all over Milwaukee yards are beginning to turn green! This kind of weather gives a dog a lot more energy.

This can mean only one thing: It's time to get back to work!

Now, I love my yard just as much as any dog. And I even love doing yard work. (Well actually, I love getting in the way of my humans while they work outdoors. But what's the difference, really?) What I don't love about yard care are the chemicals that often get used on lawns and gardens in the spring and fall. Don't get me wrong, fertilizing your yard is often the fastest way to get that green glow that begs to be rolled around in. But using excess pesticides and fertilizers means that most of them will run straight off of your lawn with the first sign of rain and flow straight into our lakes and rivers. These chemicals pollute our water resources and create unbalanced ecosystems that are unsafe for fishing and swimming.

So before you fertilize this spring, test your yard (test kits are available at most hardware stores) and try not to over apply. The best way to keep from over-fertilizing is to resist the urge entirely, but if you do have to feed your grass, do so carefully. 

Most importantly, don't forget to get outside this spring. The more time you spend enjoying our lakes and rivers, the easier it is to love them and treat them with respect. 

Don't forget your training!