With artificial grass becoming more and more popular, we have gotten huge amount of pet-specific questions from those who have fluffy loved ones. Explore a few of the most frequent questions we get regarding synthetic grass for dogs in Metro New York.
IS IT SAFE FOR DOGS?
Yes! Artificial grass is safe for pets — canine and feline alike. Pet turf is created to be much more resilient than both organic turf and traditional synthetic grass. You won’t need harsh pesticides or fertilizers, either, so you won’t have to deal with those chemicals like you would with real grass. Dogs can be sensitive to grass pollen, so when you make the change to synthetic, you might even see Fido encounter fewer allergies, too.
HOW DO YOU HANDLE PET WASTE?
Dogs can use the turf as their bathroom like they instinctively know how to do — the only difference here is the clean-up process is painless for you. It is much easier to clean pet waste off artificial turf, and the grass won’t fade or become stained from pet urine or feces. Southwest Greens pet turf is created with a sophisticated backing system under its surface that allows urine and other fluids to drain more effectively than real grass. For solid waste, simply let it dry a little before disposal for best results. If you’re left with stains, a quick spray with the hose will remove any residual waste.
WILL IT STINK FROM DOG URINE?
Synthetic grass is odorless, so if any odors do occur, it’s probably caused by dog urine specifically. Many dogs prefer to use one particulara particular area of the yard to do their business, so occassionally, a little odor can build-up. Southwest Greens turf system is antimicrobial, which will decrease the odor, but there are methods to ensure no smells linger. We advise you use a solution of equal parts water and vinegar to spray Fido’s favorite restroom area. Let it dry to destroy any dawdling odor.
CAN DOGS DAMAGE SYNTHETIC GRASS?
Because synthetic grass is created to withstdand heavy, recurring use, it makes it very difficult for dogs to destroy. Digging is almost impossible for them on artificial turf. Long gone are the days of muddy paw prints being tracked into your house as well!
DO FLEAS AND TICKS LIVE IN SYNTHETIC TURF?
Because artificial grass is manufactured from a non-organic material, it is very difficult for fleas, ticks, and other pests to live in the grass. While we can’t guarantee that your lawn will be 100% pest-free, you can count on the fact that they will be mostly eliminated. Because there’s no dirt to support their nesting, but you must watch out for any accumulation of leaves or debris that might create a good breeding environment for fleas and ticks. As long as you clean your artificial lawn regularly, there will be barely any pests.
HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN SYNTHETIC TURF FOR DOGS?
Make sure to remove waste as soon as possible to remove any stink. To keep everything clean and looking great, we suggest you hose the turf down weekly. This will help keep your lawn from smelling bad. Dispose of any leaf or other loose debris to keep your lawn unhinibatblefor fleas and ticks.
HOW MUCH DOES ARTIFICIAL TURF COST?
This will totally depend on your project, so it’s hard to give an exact estimate. Some of the factors that might affect the price are:
- Size/dimensions of the area being transformed from natural turf to synthetic
- Inticracy of design and layout you want to put in place
- Kind of synthetic grass products you're going to use
- How much work needs to be done (removing old grass, even out the surface, etc.)
Take care with contractors who offer you a set cost of the project, regardless of how much work it involves. This is usually a tell-tale sign that they aren’t employing high-quality materials.
HOW LONG WILL ARTIFICIAL TURF LAST?
Pet turf is estimated to last somewhere between 10-20 years, depending on use. Southwest Greens's oldest installations are 20 years old and have maintained the rich green color and consistency of natural grass. Our UV-resistant artificial turf products look and work like new because they are created to endure heavy traffic, extreme weather conditions, and temperature fluctuations for year round use. All installations come bundled with a one-year workmanship warranty and a manufacturer's warranty that covers fading.