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Question: I have a large dog, he produces lots of 'waste' in our yard. Instead of throwing it in a trash bag and out with the garbage can I use this in my garden? and how? I have annuals, perriannuals, herbs veggies and fruit along with assorted tree's and shrubs. There must be someway to make use of this, but how??

Answer: It is not recommended to use dog (or cat) waste in the garden because of disease concerns. Most home compost piles are not sufficiently hot to kill the bacteria, pathogens and parasities that can be in the waste so I really would not recommend composting it, let alone using it near any vegetable or other food plant. I wish I could be more encouraging, but it isn't safe.

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