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More than half of our artificial grass projects are created with pets in mind. Artificial lawns for dogs are among our most common installations. Find out what leads to odor in lawns, and how we prevent it through our pet-friendly amenities.
Cause Of Odor
The smell is not caused by urine itself, rather it is caused by ammonia and bacteria found in urine. Ammonia evaporates when properly ventilated but bacteria flourish in the shade, fed by moisture and a warm climate that is typical for coastal zones. Most often, the smell will originate from under the turf, where it is the most difficult to clean.
To meet your budget, we offer a few different options. To get an idea of the price of each of these systems, request a custom estimate in 2 minutes or less and keep reading below to learn more!
Pet Relief Area
This area is designed to be used for pet relief only, and it's usually up to 50 feet in size and is completely washable. Cleaning in this area is fully automatic with a chlorine-enabled wash system. Relief objects, such as a fake fire hydrant, will help minimize water use because the area will be much smaller. This system is the most hygienic way to keep your backyard clean, however, it requires some training to get your dog used to the space.
Artificial Grass For Occasional Pet Use
This is one of the most affordable and popular solutions. If your dog only occasionally goes to the bathroom on the lawn, you can rinse the area down afterward. To make this work, we eliminate the weed barrier layer because it holds bacteria, and then we sanitize the space under the grass with a turf deodorizer. Although this is cost-effective, it requires consistent rinsing.
Turf deodorizer is made of lightweight, sharp, and abrasive small stones that absorb urine and keep ammonia inside. This reduces the initial smell until the turf is first hosed down. Zeofill does not fight bacteria nor it does not help to ventilate the surface.
Antibacterial sand does not absorb anything. It is built to fight bacteria and allow air to penetrate. It also doesn't compact. It has round and non-abrasive granules which makes it ideal for sports and pets.
In our experience, air circulation and the ability to hose down the turf are key to odor prevention. No matter how great the infill you use is, without consistent water flow bacteria and odor will build up. Because of this, we recommend applying Zeofill underneath the turf, where absorbance is most critical, and applying Envirofill on the surface for air circulation and water access.
And there you have it, our products that work best for pet-friendly turf systems. As always, request an estimate to start your project with us today!