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Autumn is coming and with it, plenty of jobs that involve cleaning and tidying the garden. It’s that time of year when weeds start to run wild and finding a suitable pet friendly weed killer can be difficult.
When you have your favourite four-legged friend running around the garden, it’s often a worry to use weed killer. Thankfully there are a variety of pet friendly weed killer varieties on the market and we’ve rounded up the best so you can order some today.
Whether it’s chemicals that dry fast, removing all residue that pets could ingest – or organic alternatives that cause no harm to pets or children, this review should give you a good idea of what’s available.
Important: You should always check the instructions carefully and ensure that they are safe for your pet. While we have thoroughly researched this blog, ingredients can change and so it’s imperative you check before you buy.
WeedKil Glyphosate Free Weed Killer
- Fast acting within 24hrs
- Easy to use spray bottle
- Vinegar based, organic and pet friendly
- Doesn’t come in a large bottle.
- Can leave patches on lawns.
Top of our list is this pet friendly weed killer from the aptly named Weedkil. The product is all organic and features no glyphosate which is the harmful chemical found in other non-pet friendly products.
What we can say is that you will be amazed with how well this works, often better than some of the leading brands! Dandelions, moss and even some unruly patches of ivy will shrivel up and die within 48hrs if not sooner.
The product also comes with no discernible bad odour which is a bonus as many organic products often stink of vinegar and leave your eyes watering.
You can use Weedkil all year round which is great as weeds can often sneak up in Winter when you’re out in the garden less. But it is worth noting that you should aim to spray when there is no rain expected, otherwise the product might not have the desired impact.
Roundup Tough Weedkiller 1L
- Affordable when purchased at this size.
- Kills off a wide variety of hardy weeds including brambles.
- Can take some time to work on more persistent weeds.
- Best used when you purchase a spray bottle.
- More expensive than others.
If you’ve been gardening for some time, chances are you will have come across Roundup. They are one of the top brands in the market – they even claim they’re the world’s best.
Unlike other pet friendly weed killers, this one does contain some chemicals that could be harmful and therefore it is only safe once dried.
It might be more of an effort to dilute and use this product, but if you’re happy to do so it’s worth it. This 1l bottle will give you 100 uses easily, that’s a lot of weeds or just one very large one.
Worth noting is that you’re best to apply this with a pump action sprayer but they are affordable and handy to have so it’s a great investment. They also allow you to direct the spray easily for those hard to reach weeds.
One of the best features of this pet friendly weed killer is that it’s effective on brambles. Being a tough character, any weed killer that works on these thorny intruders is a winner in our eyes.
Gallup Home & Garden Glyphosate Weedkiller 2L
- Same grade as commercial herbicide so highly effective.
- Free cup and gloves.
- Affordable price for the quantity you receive.
- Have to dry before pet friendly.
- Requires a pump action sprayer for application.
If you’re looking for a pet friendly weed killer that will take on even the likes of Japanese knot weed, then look no further. This product is exactly what you need, with the same level of impact that many commercial grade herbicides come with.
Despite its power, this weed killer is still safe to use if you have pets or children in the garden. Though as with the Roundup weed killer, you must leave the residue to dry before you let your pooch run around.
The formula becomes completely inactive once it hits soil and therefore you can rest assured that any drips that may occur as your applying won’t be left for your dog.
If you’re looking for a weed killer specifically for something like mares tail, which is notoriously hardy then this is your product. It might take up to 10 days, but you’ll be welcomed by a weed graveyard once it’s done its job.
Top of the Range WEED BURNER
- No chemicals at all.
- Easy to use.
- Instant impact.
- No need to bend down to apply.
- Need a lot of gas if you have a big garden.
- Doesn’t reach roots.
If you’re looking for a pet friendly weed killer that doesn’t involve chemicals, then why not try a weed burner.
Not only is this option completely safe for pets (as long as they don’t run in front of you), it’s also satisfying to use as you destroy the weeds instantly and with fire! What could be better to get rid of the pesky invaders?
Although a bit of an alternative to other forms of controlling weeds, the real benefit of a burner is the lack of bending down you need to do. The long reach of the burner means that you can save the back pain or need for knee pads by simply walking along igniting the weeds.
It’s worth noting that larger weeds like brambles may take either a while to burn or just not die with even a good burning. For that level of weed we would definitely still recommend a chemical style weed killer. But if you have block paving and often see clumps of weeds pop, then this is perfect!
Price: £14.99 (included 4 butane canisters!)
Resolva 24H Ready To Use Weed Killer, 3 Litre
- Handy applicator for instant use
- Works within 24hrs
- Effective against hardy weeds such as ground elder
- Have to wait until dry before safe for pets
- Can stain some paving
Another big name when it comes to killing off weeds, Resolva from Westland are a household name for dealing with pest plants.
This great value weed killer comes ready to use with a handy spray action pump attached to the bottle that has a length of pipe so that you can put the container down and spray away.
As with many of the other non-organic weed killers on this list, the product is only safe for pets once it has dried – so make sure your dog or cat isn’t around when using.
This is another pet friendly weed killer that is effective on even the most stubborn of weeds such as brambles and nettled. Both are notorious for reappearing not long after killing, but with Resolva the roots die just as fast as the leaves.
If you’re looking for something that is going to destroy every last part of the weed right down to the root, then we would recommend this product. But only if you’re happy to wait for it to dry before letting your pets back out into the garden.