I thought I’d try to be a little more gentle on the environment and use an ‘organic’ fertilizer for our yard. I found Scotts® Organic Choice® Lawn Food at the local Home Depot and decided to give it a try. I just spread it this weekend so I can’t speak to its greening or healthifying effects on the lawn, but I can state, unequivocally, that my three dogs and every fly in the general area *love* it.
I first spread it on the front lawn, without any drama, and the only slight warning sign was the very…er…’organic’ smell of the stuff. However, it smelled like it could be a rich source of nutrients, if you know what I mean and I think you do.
Then I spread it in the back yard, where our dogs have access to the fenced yard. I locked them in the house while I spread it, and as soon as I finished and let them back out all three of them started snuffling around the entire yard like prized truffle pigs. Things took a turn for the worse when I noticed that all three of them were also licking the grass and ground and ingesting the fertilizer grains.
I also noticed that there were flies all over the yard, landing randomly all over the grass, apparently drawn in by the organic lawn food. Note that I’m pretty meticulous about keeping our yard clean of doggie bombs, so the appearance of swarms of flies is not normal. Also, the flies weren’t hanging around any dog piles, they were all over the yard.
I locked the dogs back in the house and figured I’d try watering the Scotts into the yard and see if that would help. It didn’t, it only seemed to add an irresistable ‘gravy’ to the granules and made even more attractive to my dogs and the flies.
So, now, here I sit with my dogs locked in the house, waiting for the time when (I hope) the Scotts has lost its mojo enough that my dogs won’t continually graze on it. The stuff claims to be safe for kids and pets, and there’s even a picture of a kid and a pet laying in a grassy yard on the label, but I bet this stuff isn’t designed to be a dietary supplement.
I checked the Scotts site here, but they don’t have any helpful information, and as of the time of this posting the “View Label” button on that page returns:
“We apologize for the inconvenience, but this information is no longer current and accessible.”
Similarly, the ‘FAQ & Help’ tab says:
“Sorry, no F.A.Q. material for this product is available. If you have product questions Scotts experts are available by email and phone in our Help Center.”
Which neither answers my questions nor is helpful.
So, if you’re like me and you’re exploring more natural ways to keep your lawn green, and you’re wondering about Scotts® Organic Choice® Lawn Food and your dogs, I can tell you that I won’t be using it again. My dogs haven’t seemed to suffer in ill effects, but still, I don’t want them eating this stuff. Also, the flies were just the icing on the cake and completed my disappointment in this product. I mean, even if I didn’t have dogs, who wants to have a fly-infested green lawn?