Thinking about artificial grass and unsure how it will work for your furry loved ones? Look no further! We’ve listed out the most frequently asked questions we hear about artificial grass for dogs for you.
Is It Actually Safe For Dogs?
Absolutely! Synthetic turf is safe for your pets. Typically, most pet turf on the market is manufactured to be longer lasting than ordinary artificial turf and natural grass. You will also eliminate the harmful chemicals Fluffy might have been previously exposed to, like fertillizers and pesticides. Fake grass will also help you to reduce allergens as well!
Will It Smell Bad?
Synthetic turf itself is odorless. So, if smells are present, it is often because of something else. The #1 thing many Huntington Beach, CA pet owners are concerned with is if pet waste will make the turf smell bad. Dogs do like to choose one part of the lawn to relieve themselves, so you sometimes may have a bit more build-up of urine odor in that one spot. Shawgrass pet turf is antimicrobial, making it naturally odor resistant. However, If you do start to notice a urine odor in Fluffy’s favorite spot, you can take care of it with a solution water and vinegar(in equal amounts) to spray that area. Then, let it dry to eliminate any remaining smells.
How Do You Clean Pet Waste Off It?
Fluffy will use the lawn as a bathroom, like he always has, but clean-up for you is much easier. Our pet turf is built with an advanced flow-through backing system underneath the surface helping urine and other liquids drain better than it does on traditional grass. Solid waste is also easy to clean up — just let it dry out before you remove it for best results (it’ll be far less messy). If you have any residue left, a quick rinse from the hose will eliminate any remaining waste.
Will Waste Stain It?
No, pet droppings will not stain pet turf. We have and continue to put our synthetic grass through rigorous testing to give you the best possible product. Over the years, we have implemented ways to ensure the turf won’t stain or fade from pet urine or feces.
Do Fleas and Ticks Like Fake Grass?
Synthetic turf is made from an inorganic material which makes it a challenge for common pests like fleas and ticks to live. To be fair, there is no guarantee that you will not have any ticks or fleas at all, but you can expect there to be significantly less exposure! If you clean your turf regularly and remove debris and leaves that are perfect for their nest material, you’ll keep their numbers down.
Can Dogs Destroy Artificial Grass?
Artificial grass is made to withstand repetitive use and the worst weather of every season, which means it is very unlikely for dogs to harm it. Dogs will not be able to dig like they do in with regular grass, and you won’t have to mess with mud being tracked into your house, either. Your dog can still run, play, and roll like they would with natural grass, too.
How Do You Maintain It?
Upkeep on an artificial lawn is easier than ever. To keep your lawn looking great, all you have to do is remove any loose debris and rinse it with your garden hose every week if you haven’t had much rain. You can look through our guide on cleaning artificial turf here.
How Much Will It Cost?
How much a turf project costs depends on the specific elements your project needs, so it’s difficult to provide exact estimates. However, here are a sampling of what might affect your pricing.
- The dimensions of the space you want artificial grass
- The difficulty of the design and specific layout
- The type of artificial grass products you are looking at
- How much excavation needs to be done to remove the old turf, level the surface, etc.
Please be extra skeptical with contractors who will provide a single price for a project regardless of the amount of work it involves. This often suggests they are not using high-end materials and will cut costs to benefit themselves when possible.
How Long Will It Last?
Shawgrass pet turf should last between ten to twenty years, depending on how much it’s used. However, even our earliest projects are still very vibrant in color and lush, thanks to our UV-resistant design. All Shawgrass installations from Family Turf Wholesalers carry a one-year workmanship warranty and a manufacturer's warranty which covers fading. Be sure to check out our product selection guide to begin looking for the ideal application for you.
Did we miss any of your questions about synthetic grass for dogs? If so, we want to hear from you! Contact us with any questions you might have or let us know if you are ready for your free consultation.