Artificial grass is more popular than ever, thanks to technological advances that make it look and feel just like natural grass. When you think about fake grass, you probably envision sports turf fields and putting greens. However, if you are a dog owner, you should also consider the ways that Turfscape pet turf could be cheaper and healthier for you and your dogs.
The Safety of Pet Turf
The most common question people have about pet turf is whether it is safe for pets and children. It has been questioned whether lead exposure can result from artificial grass, but this is a myth. In 2008, the Center for Environmental Health (CEH) and turf manufacturers entered agreements to ensure synthetic turf would not contain any lead. Synthetic lawns today not only look more like real grass, they also have no detectable traces of lead.
As a result, with a reputable artificial grass installation company, you can be confident that exposure to toxic substances will not be not a problem for your family, including your pets.
Chemicals and bacteria are another concern of pet owners. Although people tend to think of real grass is the most “natural”, the reality is that natural grass is filled with chemicals. Fertilizers, herbicides and pesticides are used to minimize weeds and bugs and keep the lawn looking green. These products can be toxic to children and pets. Dog owners should be particularly vigilant about chemicals, since dogs often chew on and ingest the grass.
Artificial pet turf does not require chemicals in order to keep it in tip-top shape. Maintenance is much more limited, meaning you’ll have more time to spend with your pets. Bacteria buildup frequently occurs on natural grass, especially if your dog tends to chose one spot as his favorite place to relieve himself. These areas often become brown, but they also are breeding grounds for bacteria than can hurt the soil. Bacteria does not usually accumulate on artificial grass. As long as homeowners occasionally rake and rinse the fake grass, it will remain durable and safe. You can also choose antimicrobial infill to be extra safe.
Maintenance of Pet Turf
Pet turf is easy to take care of, especially if it is purchased from Turfscape, one of the industry’s leading wholesalers and installed by experienced professionals.
Pet turf does not need to be watered daily, nor does it need to be mowed. Like conventional lawns, turf will accumulate seasonal leaves and debris, but a little bit of raking will leave the lawn in pristine condition. Turfscape has proven durability in all weather conditions.
Removal of Waste
Waste removal options on artificial grass can be as easy as picking up solid waste in a plastic bag and then discarding it.
Artificial turf can be hosed down to remove any leftover waste, but on natural grass this won’t work. When you hose down solid waste or urine on a natural grass yard, the waste gets absorbed into the soil under the grass. This is the process that breeds bacteria and creates brown spots.
Installation of Pet Turf
If you install Turfscape for pet turf, your installer will make sure you have adequate drainage and the right product for base material under the turf. This will help rain and urine drain effectively.
There are a variety of different materials available for the infill. Silica sand and rounded quartz are also nearly odor-free. A reputable installation team can give you plenty of landscaping tips to create a safe lawn for man’s best friend.