Tuesday, 2 March 2010

overflow from dog baths can damage our gardens

I've been shampooing Penny with Malaseb recently, in a successful attempt to resolve the problem of her licking her paws.

Now, because of the drought - or is it permanent climate change? - we run most of our grey water onto the garden. I began to wonder whether a product that is promoted as an antifungal with potent activity against fungi and yeast might be bad for the garden, so I rang the company and receivedthe answer that it was not good to run this greywater onto a garden. If I understood the reply correctly, it was because some of the constituents in it might last a long time in the soil.

Here's are photos of two ivy geraniums in our garden - both plants are in basically the same position regarding shade, sunlight, soil composition, etc. They are about two metres apart. (I pruned them massively recently.)

Here's the first one, that does NOT get the run-off from the dog bathing.

Here's the one that DOES get the run-off from Malaseb.


Twinkietinydog said...

And you still felt the need to call the company after seeing the geraniums? BOL

Schwang said...

Oops! Who knew trying to help Penny keep her glowing locks would be so detrimental?

Scottie the 'Cutie' said...

Yikes! Mom uses Malaseb with me and Kenji too whenever we start to get the itchies. We've never tried running the grey water over the garden (mostly because we take our baths in Mom's bathroom...LOL!), but it's a good thing you showed us! I'd definitely not do that...your poor plants! >.<"


parlance said...

Twink, I embarrassed to say I rang the company about the Malaseb quite a while ago but kept putting the water in the same spot because I didn't take any notice of what they said. Now the poor old plant proves I was silly.

parlance said...

Schwang, I guess half the things we use these days are detrimental in some way. It sure makes it hard to decide what to buy or use.

parlance said...

Scottie, I think I'd better let this water run down the drain in future!