With synthetic turf becoming increasingly popular, we have gotten numerous pet-specific questions from those who have fluffy loved ones. Check out some of the most frequent questions we get regarding artificial turf for dogs in Augusta.
IS IT SAFE FOR DOGS?
Yes! Artificial grass is safe for pets — cats and dogs alike. Pet turf is developed to be much more resilient than both regular grass 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 allergic to grass pollen, so when you make the change to artificial, 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 big difference here is the clean-up process is simple for you. It is much easier to remove pet waste off artificial grass, and the turf won’t fade or become stained from pet urine or feces. Southwest Greens pet turf is crafted with a sophisticated backing system under the surface that helps urine and other fluids to drain more effectively than natural turf. For solid waste, simply let it dry a little before removal for best results. If you’re left with marks, a quick spray with the hose will remove any residual waste.
WILL IT STINK FROM DOG URINE?
Synthetic grass is odorless, so if any smells do occur, it’s probably caused by dog urine specifically. Many pets prefer to use one particulara particular area of the yard to do their business, so from time-to-time, a little odor can build-up. Southwest Greens turf system is antimicrobial, which tends to reduce the odor, but there are steps you can take to ensure no smells linger. We advise you use a solution of one-to-one parts water and vinegar to spray Fido’s favorite bathroom area. Let it dry to eliminate any lingering scent.
CAN DOGS DAMAGE SYNTHETIC GRASS?
Because artificial grass is created to endure heavy, recurring use, it makes it very difficult for dogs to destroy. Digging is practically impossible for them on artificial grass. 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 turf is manufactured from and inorganic material, it is very challenging for fleas, ticks, and other pests to survive in the turf. While we can’t promise 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 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 SYNTHETIC GRASS FOR PETS?
Be sure to clean waste as soon as possible to stop any odors. To keep everything clean and looking great, we recommend you hose the grass down every week. This will help keep your lawn free from any odors. Get rid of any leaf or other loose debris to keep your backyard unhinibatblefor fleas and ticks.
HOW MUCH DOES SYNTHETIC TURF COST?
This will largely depend on your project specification, so it’s hard to offer an accurate estimate. The following factors that might affect the price are:
- Size/dimensions of the space being converted from natural grass to synthetic
- Inticracy of design and layout you want to setup
- Type of artificial turf products you're going to use
- How much work needs to be done (get rid of old grass, even out the surface, etc.)
Tread cautiously 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 using 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 healthy green color and texture of genuine turf. Our UV-resistant artificial grass products look and work like new because they are created to withstand heavy traffic, harsh weather conditions, and temperature fluctuations for year round use. All installations come complete with a one-year workmanship warranty and a manufacturer's warranty that covers fading.