With artificial grass becoming increasingly popular, we have gotten huge amount of pet-specific questions from those who have fluffy loved ones. Explore some of the most frequent questions we get about synthetic turf for dogs in Vancouver.
IS IT SAFE FOR DOGS?
Yes! Artificial turf is safe for pets — canine and feline alike. Pet turf is created to be much more durable than both regular turf and traditional synthetic turf. You won’t need harsh pesticides or fertilizers, either, so you won’t need to be concerned about those chemicals like you would with organic turf. Dogs can be sensitive to grass pollen, so when you make the change to artificial, you might even see Fido experience fewer allergies, too.
HOW DO YOU CLEAN UP PET WASTE?
Pets can use the grass as their bathroom like they already know how to do — the big difference here is the cleaning process is simple for you. It is much easier to remove pet waste off artificial turf, and the grass won’t lose color or become stained from dog urine or feces. Southwest Greens pet turf is manufactured with an advanced backing system under its surface that helps urine and other fluids to drain more efficiently than organic turf. For solid waste, simply let it dry a little before disposal for best results. If you’re left with spots, a quick splash with the hose will take care of any remaining waste.
WILL IT STINK FROM DOG URINE?
Artificial grass has no scent, so if any odors do occur, it’s probably caused by dog urine specifically. Many dogs favor to use a specific area of the backyard to do their business, so sometimes, you can get a little more of a build-up of odor. Southwest Greens turf system is antimicrobial, which can cut down on the smell, but there are things you can do to make sure no smells linger. We recommend you use a solution of even parts water and vinegar to spray Fido’s favorite restroom area. Let it dry to remove any lingering odor.
CAN DOGS DAMAGE SYNTHETIC GRASS?
Because artificial grass is developed to withstdand heavy, constant use, it makes it very difficult for dogs to damage. Digging is virtually impossible for them on artificial grass. Long gone are the days of dirty paw prints being tracked into your house as well!
DO FLEAS AND TICKS LIVE IN ARTIFICIAL TURF?
Because synthetic turf is made from a non-organic material, it is extremely challenging for fleas, ticks, and other pests to live in the grass. While we can’t promise that your yard will be 100% pest-free, you can count on the fact that they will be mostly eliminated. Because there’s no dirt to sustain their nesting, but you must keep an eye out for any build-up of leaves or debris that might make a good breeding environment for fleas and ticks. As long as you clean your artificial lawn regularly, there will be rarely any pests.
HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN ARTIFICIAL GRASS FOR DOGS?
Always be certain to remove feces as soon as possible to stop any smell. To keep everything clean and looking great, we suggest you hose the grass down at least once a week. This will help keep your lawn odor free. Get rid of any leaf or other loose debris to keep your backyard unhinibatblefor fleas and ticks.
HOW MUCH DOES ARTIFICIAL TURF COST?
This will totally depend on your project specification, so it’s difficult to give an precise estimate. The following factors that might affect the price are:
- Size/dimensions of the area being converted from regular turf to artificial
- Inticracy of design and layout you want to setup
- Kind of synthetic turf products you're thinking of purchasing
- How much work needs to be done (get rid of old turf, even out the surface, etc.)
Be cautious with contractors who give you a set cost of the project, in spite of how much work it involves. This is usually a good 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 earliest installations are 20 years old and have maintained the rich green color and consistency of natural turf. Our UV-resistant synthetic grass products look and work like new because they are developed to withstand heavy traffic, harsh weather conditions, and temperature fluctuations for all-year use. All installations come bundled with a one-year workmanship warranty and a manufacturer's warranty that covers fading.