WHY ARTIFICIAL GRASS IS A GOOD CHOICE FOR YOUR DOG
Here in the San Francisco Bay area, artificial grass is becoming an increasingly popular, durable, low-maintenance alternative to a conventional lawn for front and backyards, play areas for the kids, and dog runs. In fact, many municipalities in drought-stricken areas of the state have made it mandatory that any new lawns installed need to be artificial.
People are attracted to this option for many reasons, especially in California. Artificial grass looks great at any time of the year, requires no water like natural grass, and is an environmentally friendly alternative.
If you have a dog, you may be considering using artificial grass in a dog run, or for your backyard. With the right product, artificial grass is a great, low-maintenance option for your pet. In this post, we’ll look at the durability, maintenance, safety, and overall pet-friendliness of artificial alternatives.
FIRST, IS ARTIFICIAL GRASS SAFE FOR YOUR PET?
This is probably the biggest question homeowners have when considering artificial turf. This is because there have been some studies of early artificial grass products that showed some levels of lead. Lead exposure has been linked to a variety of health concerns such as cognitive impairment on children.
The good news is that today’s newer alternatives not only look and feel more natural than older options, an agreement reached in 2008 between the Center for Environmental Health and the major manufacturers of artificial turf, make sure that any synthetic grass made after this date is no longer a concern. So, as long as you choose an ethical, reputable installation company you can rest assured that your new lawn will be perfectly safe for both kids and pets.
WHAT ABOUT CHEMICALS AND BACTERIA?
When you look at traditional lawn care, chemicals are abundant. Fertilizer is used to keep your lawn green and beautiful. Herbicides and pesticides are used to keep bugs and weeds at bay. While there are organic options available, if you use a lawn care company are you sure that all-natural products are being used? If your dog likes to chew grass using chemicals can be hazardous.
Artificial grass needs no chemicals, never needs water, and maintenance is much simpler and less time-consuming. When choosing the best option for your pet, you’ll also need to consider the potential for bacterial buildup in areas your dog uses. Pet urine tends to develop brown spots in natural grass but they can also harbor dangerous bacteria in the soil that can be difficult to eradicate.
Artificial grass is environmentally friendly and with a manufactured lawn, bacteria isn’t a concern, especially if you choose anti-microbial, acrylic coated infill. You can ensure a bacteria-free play area for kids and pets by spraying areas where your pets frequently urinate with a mix of vinegar and water.
NATURAL OR ARTIFICIAL GRASS: WHICH IS THE BEST OPTION WHEN CLEANING PET WASTE
With either option, natural or artificial, you can use your favorite option for removing pet waste, whether it’s using a plastic bag to pick it up, or hosing down where it’s visible. However, this is where the similarity ends.
When you hose down pet waste on natural turf, it is absorbed into the soil where bacteria can build up, and where your kids and pets can come into contact with it.
Both artificial or natural grass needs to be properly installed to prevent a tripping hazard. Working with a reputable, experienced professional installer can help to keep your lawn safe. Proper preparation can also make cleaning artificial grass fast and easy. If you let your installer know that you have a dog, they can use an infill that does not absorb urine. As explained earlier, if you want to make sure bacteria doesn’t take hold, spray the area down with a vinegar and water mixture.
The same is true if you are installing a dog run. Let your installer know that you’re putting in a dog run, and they will follow a specific installation process just for pets. When installing artificial turf in a dog run, your installer can include a deodorizer in the base preparation and infill that will help neutralize odors. They should also install a membrane between the base and the turf to promote airflow and enhance air circulation.
THE CLEAR WINNER… ARTIFICIAL GRASS!
Artificial grass looks great, needs no water, chemicals, or mowing, is comfortable on tiny feet and paws, is durable, safe, and easy to clean, very low-maintenance, and will last for years. If you’re looking for the perfect synthetic pet turf, there are several manufacturers who offer products specifically designed for pet use. Here are three great brands to check out.
• TIGER TURF PET TURF
Made for durability and comfort, Tiger Turf has a brown thatch layer and triple reinforced binding. The blades have a natural-looking shape which contributes to the realistic look, soft feel and this turf will stand up to high amounts of foot traffic. Tiger Turf is made to stand up to any size dogs, and their families!
• K9 CLASSIC PET TURF
This is a great choice for areas with a lot of pet traffic. This turf is made of premium materials and features a “Flow-Through” backing. K9Grass eliminates the need to infill.
• GLOBAL SYN-TURF PET TURF
Great for any type of traffic and any size pet. Global Syn-Turf has a slightly longer pile height and the blades are “u” shaped, which helps them stand upright even after long-term use.
If you’re considering having artificial grass installed in your yard and you live in the greater San Francisco Bay area, give the experts at Bayside Pavers a call at (925) 291-9384. We can help you choose the perfect artificial grass to meet your needs. Whether you’re looking for a low-maintenance, environmentally friendly lawn option, or the perfect product for your pets, let us show you all of the options available.
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