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Pet Turf Materials Explained

Answering commonly asked questions from clients regarding the materials we use for our pet turf systems. Understand the importance of each system and decide which materials are right for your dog and backyard.

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What’s the Difference Between K9 Turf and Pet Turf?

The only difference we can find is the name and manufacturers. It is essentially the same product serving the same purpose. To learn how pet turf is installed, reference our article here! 

What’s the Best Artificial Turf For Dogs?

This is a difficult question. Some people like it plush, others like it easy to clean. It’s hard to provide an answer without being biased. We set our priorities based on basic needs and safety requirements. Below we provided a few things to look for:

  • Pet-friendly turf should be washable to ensure that you and your family can still enjoy the space odor and bacteria-free. We use artificial grass materials with Microban technology to maintain a cleaner surface. 
  • The turf should also be able to maintain a comfortable temperature. We do our very best to select turf materials and infill that offer the coolest surface. We constantly monitor the market for new technologies to introduce to our clients.
  • The surface should perform well in terms of drainage and traffic. For each project, we identify potential landscape shortcomings and address them before the installation.
  • Safety is key. We use special tools to check that compaction is perfect. We double-check that the nails are secure. Our crew also ensures that the seams are strong and not visible.

What Pet-Friendly Add-Ons Do You Offer?

Turf Deodorizer: This is the most common base preparation when it comes to k9 turf systems. After the class II road base is compacted, a layer is applied on top of the base, right underneath the surface of your pet turf system to prevent the buildup of odor. Turf deodorizer can also be applied as an infill for the relief areas with heavy use.

Drainage Systems: We always recommend that pet owners have advanced drainage, ventilation, and wash systems installed. This will provide you with the easiest solution. The extra drainage will make sure urine gets properly flushed from underneath the surface of your turf, reducing smells. The ventilation and wash systems also greatly reduce any odors that may occur from regular pet usage. 

To learn more about the different drainage layers that are offered during turf installation, check out our article about providing accelerated drainage here

Drain Core Pet Turf Material For Backyard Dog-Friendly Artificial Grass Installation

Antibacterial Sand Infill: This infill is built to fight bacteria and allow air to penetrate. Its antimicrobial properties are great for long-term bacteria growth prevention. It also has round granules that are non-abrasive making it more ideal for pets. 

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What Infill Do You Recommend For Pet Turf?

In general, four different types of infill are used for artificial grass installations:

Silica Sand: Silica sand is the most affordable infill for pet turf. Its granules are large enough to minimize compaction while also allowing air access. This is an okay option, but there are better alternatives.

Antibacterial Sand: As we talked about above, this is highly recommended for spaces where children and pets will play. With Microban technology, it's one of the best options to prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew. This infill provides ventilation and its round granules are perfect for pet-friendly spaces. 

Zeofill: Clean and porous material that is negatively charged to kill the ammonia smell. We use it to release the smell under the lawn in residential areas. For commercial spaces, turf deodorizer can be applied on top of turf or mixed with antibacterial sand for the best performance. Note, turf deodorizer may leave white stains that are washable, yet annoying when wet. 

Natural infill: This is made of tree bark or cork, such as Corkonut or Brockfill, and is rare to find. By the nature of it, it should be one of the coolest infills available because it’s so light. It also contains moisture. However, we are unsure of how this infill works with bacteria and cleaning as it creates moisture abundant environments.

What Is a Permeable Backing?

Most artificial grass backings are permeable. This means that liquid can pass through the turf to properly drain underneath the surface. There are three types currently available on the market: cloth backing, micro-hole backing, and punched hole backing.

Cloth Backing: This backing is beneficial because it is completely permeable. In other words, it's easy to hose down. The water on the surface will have access to the ground in every spot of the turf. However, some completely permeable backings retain moisture, like a wet cloth. Bacteria love moisture. Even though it drains through, the cloth blocks bacteria and dirt like a filter. Also, a completely permeable backing is generally less durable. Because of this, the material has less chance of survival in harsh conditions caused by salt, moisture, and UV rays.

Punched Hole Backing: The holes are spaced 4-6 inches apart along the surface in this product. This can sometimes slow water drainage, however, it doesn't absorb and hold bacteria. In our experience, this works best.

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And there you have it, our recommendations when it comes to choosing materials for your pet-friendly turf installation. Request an estimate with us today to get your project started!

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