With synthetic turf becoming gradually more popular, we have recently had numerous pet-specific queries from those who have furry loved ones. Check out some of the most frequent questions we get about synthetic grass for dogs in Kennewick.
IS IT SAFE FOR DOGS?
Yes! Artificial grass is harmless to pets — canine and feline alike. Pet turf is made to be much more resilient than both regular grass and traditional artificial turf. You won’t need harsh pesticides or fertilizers, either, so you won’t be exposed to those chemicals like you would with real turf. Your pooch can be sensitive to grass pollen, so when you make the shift to synthetic, you might even see Fido experience fewer allergies, too.
HOW DO YOU CLEAN UP PET WASTE?
Pets can use the turf as their bathroom like they naturally know how to do — the big difference here is the cleaning process is painless for you. It is much simpler to remove pet waste off artificial grass, and the turf won’t lose color or become stained from dog urine or feces. Southwest Greens pet turf is crafted with an advanced backing system under the surface that encourages urine and other liquids to drain more efficiently than natural 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 eliminate any remaining waste.
WILL IT SMELL BAD FROM DOG URINE?
Artificial turf is odorless, so if any smells do occur, it’s typically caused by dog urine specifically. Many dogs favor to use one particulara particular area of the yard to do their business, so occassionally, you can get a little more of a build-up of odor. Southwest Greens turf system is antimicrobial, which helps reduce the odor, but there are things you can do to make sure no smells linger. We advise you use a solution of even parts water and vinegar to spray Fido’s favorite bathroom area. Let it dry to remove any lingering odor.
CAN PETS DAMAGE ARTIFICIAL GRASS?
Because artificial turf is developed to endure heavy, recurring use, it makes it very difficult for dogs to damage. Digging is practically impossible for them on synthetic turf. Long gone are the days of muddy paw prints being tracked into your house as well!
DO FLEAS AND TICKS LIVE IN ARTIFICIAL GRASS?
Because artificial grass is made from and inorganic material, it is extremely difficult for fleas, ticks, and other pests to live in the grass. While we can’t promise that your lawn will be 100% flea-free, you can be assured that they will be mostly eliminated. Because there’s no soil to support their nesting, but you must watch out for any accumulation of leaves or debris that might make a good breeding environment for fleas and ticks. As long as you clean your artificial yard consistently, there will be hardly any pests.
HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN ARTIFICIAL GRASS FOR DOGS?
Make sure to remove feces as soon as possible to eliminate any odors. To keep everything neat and looking great, we advise you hose the grass down at least once a week. This will help keep your lawn odor free. Remove any leaf or other loose debris to safeguard your yard unhinibatblefor fleas and ticks.
HOW MUCH DOES ARTIFICIAL TURF COST?
This will heavily depend on your project specification, so it’s hard to provide you an exact estimate. The following factors that might affect the price are:
- Size/dimensions of the area being transformed from regular turf to synthetic
- Complexity of design and layout you want to install
- Type of synthetic turf products you're going to use
- How much work needs to be done (get rid of old grass, leveling surface, etc.)
Be cautious with contractors who provide you a fixed price for a project, in spite of how much work it involves. This is usually a tell-tale sign that they aren’t using high-quality materials.
HOW LONG WILL ARTIFICIAL TURF LAST?
Pet turf is estimated to last from 10 to 20 years, depending on use. Southwest Greens's oldest installations are 20 years old and have preserved the rich green color and consistency of real turf. Our UV-resistant synthetic turf products look and function like new because they are created to endure heavy traffic, extreme climate 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.