Installing K9 Turf For Dogs
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From Woodland Hills to Pasadena, Santa Monica, and Irvine
- Equipped with tools to get your K9 pet turf done right
- Most advanced materials with antimicrobial technology
- Fully insured and quality minded
Pet Turf Systems Simplified
Installing pet turf for dogs or canine astroturf is not quite the same as installing regular turf. The cost is also different. We break it down into three different categories.
Residential Pet Turf
Residential or the occasional pet system is the most simple. This fake grass for dogs allows for thorough cleaning and control the smell.
It's perfect for someone who doesn't have a dog themselves but has friends and family who do, or someone whose dog normally goes elsewhere. We also recommend this for neighbor-friendly front lawns and street islands.
Complete Pet Turf Systems
A complete pet turf system will give you the best results with regular pet use! It is designed for frequent wash and sanitization. An additional rigid layer keeps turf above ground and provides access to water and air for ventilation. This is the most advanced system for dog runs that we know of.
Such projects are great for pet owners with one or more dogs.
Commercial K9 Grass For Dogs
A commercial K9 pet turf system can be customized for your business. Often we install drainage, rigid frames, and automated in-ground sanitization systems. You get a choice of solutions from a line of manufacturers, with all requested tests and certificates.
Those projects are always custom, so please contact us with more information!
FAQs & Publications
- How Much Does It Cost To Install a K9 Pet-Friendly Turf System?
Installing a pet-friendly turf system will be pricier than a regular installation. The price increase stems from advanced material requirements, infills, drainage, and safety measures. You are looking at at least $9.50 per sq. ft. for a quality pet turf installation.
If your pet is using the restroom on your turf without the proper drainage system and infills, bacteria will grow and the odor will be unmanageable. It will cost you double to remove the existing turf and reinstall a new one.
We would love to be magicians, but we're still working on it. Unless you select a complete pet turf system, we highly recommend sticking to a natural lawn in pet relief areas. We want your business, but we feel your pain.
Want to find more about the cost? Read the full article on how much it costs to install pet turf for dogs.
- Is Artificial Grass Safe For My Dog?
Turf is completely safe for dogs, in some cases even more so than natural grass. A common misconception about synthetic grass is that it contains lead and harmful chemicals. Many artificial turf manufacturers have now eliminated lead and other harmful chemicals from their materials.
However, artificial turf can become warm on high-temperature days. Make sure you supervise your furry friends and don't leave them unattended for long periods of time!
- What are the Benefits of Installing Pet Turf?
There are multiple reasons why our customers opt for pet-friendly artificial grass installation. These are what we hear most:
Keeps Your House Cleaner: Eliminate the constant cleaning of your floors and surfaces. With no soil to dig into, your dogs won't be running inside with muddy paws!
Keeps Fleas and Ticks Away
The removal and compaction of the soil greatly reduce the probability of bugs latching onto your pet's fur.
Great For Play
Your pet will love the soft sponginess under its paws. The absence of bald patches and brown grass will make for the perfect clean play area for you and your dog to spend your days. This makes the surface excellent for children as well.
Easy Maintenance to Prevent Odor
Get rid of the need to perform back-breaking lawn care. A heavy rinsing with a cleaning agent and water tends to do the trick!
- Can My Dog Use the Bathroom on My Pet-Friendly Turf?
Yes! Our K9 pet-friendly turf system is designed with the proper drainage in mind. We install a layer of drain core under the surface to keep the base ventilated while allowing the homeowner to flush the grass often to prevent odor.
This does not guarantee an odor-free lawn, we can only prevent it. You must properly clean and flush the area with water and sanitizer often. Reference our knowledge base for more best practices for pet turf maintenance.
- What's the Difference Between Installing Regular Turf and Pet Turf?
In general, the procedure is the same as for artificial grass lawns. We have to remove existing turf, cap sprinklers, and rewire irrigation. Then we need to separate the turf area from planters and haul away excess dirt. We put down about two to three inches of road base, compact it, and proceed with K9 grass installation.
After that, things get a little different. Compared to regular turf, we will have to install a layer for improved drainage, ventilation, and sanitization. Then we would nail or staple turf down and apply pet-friendly infills.
You can find more about various systems and components of artificial turf in our knowledge base.
- Does Installing a Pet Turf System Actually Remove Odors?
We will never be able to 100% remove all traces of pet relief. However, we can greatly reduce it. If installed correctly and maintained often, you will absolutely notice a difference. A pet system is a washable solution. The area still must be rinsed and sanitized consistently to control the smell.
- How Do You Clean Pet Turf?
We recommend flushing the area with a heavy flow of water paired with a sanitizing agent often(such as 409 cleaner or Wysiwash). This should take care of moderate pet relief and spills. For more thorough cleaning, pressure washers are ideal.
Another great way to keep your area clean is to teach pets to use a localized area for relief. A fake fire hydrant or a mailbox pole is a great way to shrink their pee area. Cleaning is fully automatic with a chlorine-enabled wash system. Relief objects, such as a fake fire hydrant or mailbox will help minimize water use.
Tip: Brush the surface a few times before cleaning. This will disturb the compacted infill and allow the cleanser to really get into the base. If there is a smell that you can’t seem to get rid of, mix equal parts vinegar and water and apply to the affected areas.
You can find our best approaches to cleaning in our knowledge base.
For the difficult cleanings we're here for you, give us a call.
- Can You Install Pet Turf on my Balcony?
We do not recommend allowing your pets to relieve themselves directly on artificial grass on a balcony or rooftop. All of your pet's urine will accumulate under your turf and the area will begin to smell bad and become unusable. There will also be bacteria growth over time. Although there is a drainage system, you can't flush off the turf and allow that to spill onto other properties.
- Does Pet-Friendly Artificial Grass Get Hot?
Yes, all artificial turf gets hot. K9 turf is made of polyethylene. It absorbs heat and could potentially reach temperatures as high as 120 F. This temperature is not comfortable for most people and their lovely pets. Therefore, most manufacturers try to reduce the heat of the surface as much as physically possible. Some manufacturers coat artificial turf with heat-reflecting layers, others reduce the density of backing material.
We visit hundreds of backyards and pet facilities and look at materials from various suppliers.
In our experience, there are other factors that affect the temperature of the artificial grass surface. We do not guarantee that our statements are 100% proven, just observations.
Here is what makes turf warmer:
- The darker the turf the warmer it gets.
- The denser the turf, the more heat it absorbs.
- The flatter the blade the faster it transfers the heat.
- The more uniform the turf is, the less wind cools it down.
- The more infill applied, the warmer it gets.
- The flatter matted turf, the denser and warmer it gets.
Typically, a hot pet turf system looks dark green, high pile, 90-ounce slim blade, or diamond blade turf with green colored silica sand infill. – Hot as hell, burns the feet right away.
Typically, a cooler pet turf system looks like: lime green, low pile, 60-ounce wide shape, stronger and thinner blades with space in between them stabilized by curly thatch and antibacterial sand or a mix of antibacterial sand and turf deodorizer. – Warm, but bearable.
Why so many homeowners are still installing artificial grass, despite a higher temperature of the surface? Because there are very few options. It is either soil and dirt, or a useful space that dogs can enjoy.
To fight the heat we would highly recommend either installing some shade. The easiest shade is a tree. For really hot days and side house dog runs, we recommend installing a commercial-grade air blower. It will cool down your turf to the temperature of the air.
We hope we could answer your question here.
If you need professional advice, simply request an estimate. We will get back to you the same or the next day.
To find the list with the coolest pet turf materials please read our TurfLab article here.
- What Are The Best Grass Materials For Pet Turf?
This is a difficult question. Some people like it plush, others like it easy to clean. We try to set our priorities based on basic needs and safety requirements.
First, the turf should be washable so that both your pet and you could enjoy the area free from odor and bacteria. Microban technology artificial grass materials help us achieve a cleaner surface.
Second, the turf should be at a comfortable temperature. We try to select turf materials and infill that is the coolest to our knowledge. We constantly monitor the market for new grasses to offer our clients.
Third, the surface should perform well in terms of drainage and traffic. For each project, we try to identify potential landscape shortcomings and address them prior to the installation of artificial turf for dogs.
And finally, we use special tools to make sure the area is fully compacted, and that nails are secure. That seams are hidden and strong once the installation is complete.
The best artificial turf for dogs would be a safer, cleaner, and cooler option.
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What should you expect from InstallArtificial?
- In-House Crew
- Advanced Tech
- No More Dirt at Home!
- Great Drainage Options
Local and professional team for your pet turf projects. All done by our in-house crew. We do not outsource our projects to other contractors. You get what was intended and designed with a single point of contact.
You will get a link to the online form to help us understand your intentions and grasp an idea of what you have in mind. The basic questions we get are usually:
- How much space is the area; do you want a small section just for your pet to use or the whole yard?
- Are you planning on having your pets use the area occasionally or regularly?
- Are there specific items that you would like to request?
Our Pet Turf Difference
Proper Dog Turf Systems. Quality Materials.
You get a crew with years of experience and research in pet turf systems. We have learned the pros and cons of various solutions to propose the one that will fit your needs best.
Our pet turf projects feature:
- Advanced materials from multiple suppliers
- Proven systems and approaches to installation
- Solutions for easy cleaning, lowest temperatures, and an extended lifetime
Pet Turf Cleaning Guide
Watch. Learn. Do It Right.
There is quality and there is a disaster. Learn from other people's mistakes.
We are often called regarding ruined pet turf. Don't forget your pet-friendly artificial grass still needs to be regularly maintained.
Download our guide to the best cleaning solutions for pet turf.
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