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Pros and Cons of Artificial Grass for Dogs

It's becoming more common among homeowners to install artificial pet turf in their yards and backyard dog-run areas. As with anything, there are both pros and cons to converting to artificial grass for pets. Find out if k9 pet turf is right for you below!

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Advantages of Artificial Pet turf 

Artificial Grass for Dogs is Durable & Dig-Proof

Pet-friendly artificial grass will be extremely durable and wear-and-tear resistant. Artificial turf is the perfect solution for pet owners who want a low-maintenance, strong surface for their pets to play on. Unlike natural grass, which can be easily damaged by play and digging, synthetic turf is built to withstand heavy use without becoming destroyed or detached.

Artificial Pet Turf is Clean & Attractive

With pet artificial turf, you'll no longer have to worry about mud or dirt patches on your lawn. That means your pup won't be tracking it into your house either! You'll have a beautiful green lawn that won't be compromised by your dogs or the weather. Artificial grass is clean, green, and full year-round, no matter the season. 

Pros and Cons of Artificial Pet Turf

Pet Turf Saves on Water Bills 

Converting from natural grass to artificial turf is a great way to save on water usage. Not only is this cost-effective, but you're also doing your part to conserve a valuable resource that is often wasted in large amounts during lawn care.  

Artificial Grass Requires Less Lawn Maintenance

You can remove the need for consistent mowing, seeding, and fertilizing by installing artificial turf for dogs. Most don't realize the amount of time and money proper lawn care requires, and often you're still not happy with the end result or it's ruined by your dogs. With pet-friendly turf, you won't have to worry about all the upkeep that comes with maintaining a natural lawn. 

Artificial Turf for Dogs is Bug & Allergy-Free

Removing soil and applying a compacted base prior to artificial grass installation will remove the food source for insects and pests. They'll begin migrating to look for a food source elsewhere. Also, allergens found in natural grass will no longer be a factor. Prevent itchiness, watery eyes, sneezing, or other annoyances for the entire family! 

Disadvantages of Artificial Pet Turf

Pet Turf Can Get Hot

Artificial grass is made of various types of plastic, so it will become warm under direct sunlight on high-temperature days. This is probably the biggest disadvantage of artificial grass. While it doesn't get hot enough to burn you, it can cause discomfort in the mid-day heat.

The best way to keep artificial grass cool is to choose a less dense and short pet turf that allows for more airflow throughout the blades. You can also provide more shade by planting trees or installing awnings. A simple rinse down of the surface can also drop temperatures dramatically! 

Artificial Grass for Pets Will Smell if Not Cleaned

Another factor to consider before switching to artificial turf for pets is that to keep pet turf in good condition, you will need to consistently rinse and sanitize the surface. If urine is allowed to sit beneath the surface it will quickly cause odor and bacteria growth will occur. 

The good thing is, there are cleansers that can simply be attached to the hose and sprayed directly onto the surface. A quick flush and rinse down with this sanitizer a few times a week will prevent odor from happening. While synthetic pet turf does require more maintenance than regular artificial grass, it's still much less than the requirements of maintaining a natural lawn. 

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Artificial Turf for Dogs Requires a Large Upfront Investment

While the ROI of artificial grass can be seen fairly quickly when you consider all the money you're saving on lawn care, pet turf installation does require a larger initial investment than most other ground cover options for pets. On average, the price of pet turf installation will range from $11-$16 per sq. ft. depending on location, accessibility, and materials used. 

What is the Best Artificial turf for dogs?

Low-Density Turf

Artificial grass for pet areas should ideally be lower density. Low-density artificial grass will allow for quicker water percolation ensuring that liquids aren't trapped on the surface. This is especially important in areas where pets will be using the bathroom because consistent rinsing and sanitizing will be required. 

Short Artificial Grass

Artificial pet turf is typically shorter than regular artificial grass. This is to allow for easier and faster cleaning practices. Short synthetic grass is also typically better at staying upright for longer in comparison to tall artificial grass which becomes matted down much quicker. You can still use plush and tall artificial grass in areas where pets will be present, but keep in mind this will require morning cleaning and upkeep and prevent odor. 

Wear and Tear Resistant Synthetic Turf

In pet-specific areas, choose artificial turf that has a durable or ribbed blade shape. Soft and pliable artificial grass will not hold up to wear and tear over time. 

You can find the most popular and long-lasting pet turf materials on our online synthetic turf store. See performance results for each artificial grass such as temperature, recovery rate, and wear and tear resistance to find the best artificial turf for dogs. Order samples to compare your favorites and have artificial grass shipped directly to you! 

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Other Pet Turf Materials Recommended for Odor Prevention

  • Antibacterial Sand Infill
  • Artificial Turf Deodorizer
  • Drainage Layer for Artificial Grass

To learn more about recommended systems for pet turf, check out more of our publications on the knowledge base

Commonly Asked Questions About Artificial Grass for Dogs

Is Artificial Grass Safe for Pets? 

Artificial turf is absolutely safe for dogs and other pets! Turf is designed with durability in mind and can often be safer for dogs than sod. Most artificial pet grasses are made of poly, which is the same plastic that can be found in children's toys and other household items. Make sure you're purchasing from a reputable and trusted US supplier that only offers lead-free turf materials.

What is the Difference Between Artificial Grass and Pet Turf?

All artificial grass is pet-friendly and can be paired with a pet turf system. There are grasses however that are specifically designed for pets that wouldn't necessarily be ideal in a regular landscaping situation. These artificial grasses are short, stiff, and designed to withstand heavy amounts of wear and tear. Pet-specific turf is typically ideal in spaces where multiple dogs are present such as doggie daycares, commercial dog parks, and dog runs. 

 

How Do I Stop my Pet Turf From Smelling?

To remove pet odor from artificial grass, you'll want to apply a heavy flow of water to flush out the area and use a sanitizing agent to remove bacteria. You can purchase hose attachments for sanitizing and use a water and vinegar mixture for light cleaning. 

For the best odor-preventing results, opt for a full pet turf package that includes an antibacterial infill, turf deodorizer, and a drainage layer. This in conjunction with consistent rinsing will keep your lawn fresh. Once an artificial lawn is severely compromised with pet odor, it can be nearly impossible to correct so make sure you're taking care of your investment!  

Is Pet Turf Worth It?

If taken care of, artificial pet turf will provide you with a clean and safe space for your dogs to enjoy for many years. Its durability and long lifespan are unmatched by any other ground cover alternative.  However, artificial grass for pets must be consistently rinsed and sanitized. If that's not a commitment you're ready to make, it may not be right for you. 

How Much Does Artificial Pet Turf Cost? 

Depending on the pet grass selected, turf material for pets can range anywhere from $2.70-5.60 per sq. ft. Artificial pet turf installation will cost between $11-16 per sq. ft. on average.

Now that you've seen the benefits and downfalls of artificial grass for pets, you can make an educated decision on whether or not pet turf is right for your and your pup! When taken care of, k9 turf will last for years. Ready to get your project started? Request a custom estimate below! 

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