I have two problems.
(1) There is a neighborhood cat who loves to tease my animals. He will purposely come into my yard and stare at my dogs as they're screaming at him out the window. He will stroll back and forth in front of the window. I swear if he had fingers, he'd give them one. And he also apparently has something to say to McTavish, because I smell cat pee in the shrubs every time I go out my front door.
(2) I have a weed problem in the front yard that requires weed killer. I have the problem in the back yard, too, but the weeds are safe back there - I'm not going to use something that toxic where my dogs hang out. (I need something that works on grass, too, and the sales dude told me that there isn't anything that is safe without waiting at least 24 hours before allowing animals exposure to it.)
My quandary is this. Do I go ahead and use the weed killer in the front yard, where this annoying cat will undoubtedly get into it? It may solve my first problem, but I really don't want to hurt him.
I suppose I could first try some cat-repellent stuff and try to train him to avoid my yard before I do the weed-killing thing.
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My quandary is this. Do I go ahead and use the weed killer in the front yard, where this annoying cat will undoubtedly get into it? It may solve my first problem, but I really don't want to hurt him.

Do you know who he belongs to, if anyone? You could caution them that you're going to spray on x day at x time and let them decide how to handle their cat.
If you don't know, then does this cat go inside somewhere at night? Or at least disappear from your yard? If yes, how about spraying close to dusk (or the time when you expect him to not be at your house). Then at least there's a window of maybe 6-8 hours where he won't be in the weed killer- affected part of the yard.
Having said all this, it's my understanding that areas treated with Roundup are safe for pets to walk on once it's dried, which is much less than 24 hours.
Cate
Do you know who he belongs to, if anyone?

No, I haven't a clue. I don't think he's feral. He doesn't fear humans, and he's in good shape.
If you don't know, then does this cat go inside somewhere at night?

No, he appears at all hours.
Having said all this, it's my understanding that areas treated with Roundup are safe for pets to walk on once it's dried, which is much less than 24 hours.

Does Roundup work on grass? I read a lot of labels, and ended up with Eliminator Weed & Grass Killer.
Grass is actually what I need to kill.
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Does Roundup work on grass? I read a lot of labels, and ended up with Eliminator Weed & Grass Killer. Grass is actually what I need to kill.

Roundup kills everything. That's why it generally is NOT recommended as a weed killer. It kills grass too (and roses and rhubarb as I've discovered the hard way). If you're trying to kill grass, I'd still go to the garden center to find out what they recommend. There might be a better, more specific product that's specially for your purposes and your pets.
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Does Roundup work on grass?

Lia's right: Grass is child's play for Roundup. I've used it on areas where Orson walked and played just an hour later. This was after asking at my local farm supply/garden center. Ask around.
Cate
Lia's right: Grass is child's play for Roundup. I've used it on areas where Orson walked and played just an hour later. This was after asking at my local farm supply/garden center. Ask around.

The guy I talked to said that nothing is safe, even if it's advertised as such.

But perhaps I can use Roundup for the back. I can't keep the dogs out of there for 24 hours, but I can for 8-10.
Boy did I find out my ignorance about landscaping. I had these lovely areas of stone landscaping that are now covered with grass, and mowing does nothing. Doh. :}
In the front, grass has grown all around my shrubbery (which also badly needs to be manicured), and I can't even get a mower up there. Not to mention the overgrown stone walkway and gravel driveway.
Do you think Roundup will also kill the shrubbery? Frankly, I don't care if it does. The less to keep up, the better my yard will look. :}

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Do you think Roundup will also kill the shrubbery?

Yes, if enough of it is used.
You might google for safety info from rec.gardening. You can't be the first person to have this issue.
Cate
While I'm not necessarily saying "let's hurt the cat" my opinion may result in that anyway. Why should your yard maintenance tasks hinge on a stray animal(s)? When we treat our front yard with anything toxic I don't think about any of the dogs who roam my neighborhood and inevitably come into my yard. I'm not going to watch weeds or some other lawn detriment grow out of concern for a roaming animal and I don't think you should either. You should also treat the backyard, IMO, a day after the front yard and just take the dogs out front on that day. We've used Round-Up (although be super careful with it because we've managed to kill a live oak tree with that stuff before) and various Ortho products.

Tara
Do you think Roundup will also kill the shrubbery? Frankly, I don't care if it does. The less to keep up, the better my yard will look. :}

Yes, it'll kill shrubbery and young trees if you're not careful. Don't put on the soil above your bush's root system. If you suspect the root system extends out further than the shrub then don't put the round-up there. The stuff works so well that I'm surprised you don't see smoking soil after using it.

Tara
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