by Ashley Moore

Everyone enjoys a green, soft and durable grassy area to walk, play, or relax on.  This includes pets as well.  It’s not easy to develop, manage and maintain a grassy area or lawn that is green, lush and durable enough to withstand a lot of traffic.  This is where pet-friendly artificial grass shines.

If you have ever had the pleasure of experiencing pets running on a soggy, muddy lawn for hours and then wanting to come inside, then you are well aware of one big downside to natural turf.   Countless hours each year are spent by pet owners bathing or wiping down dogs and their paws before they are allowed to enter dwellings again.  Kennels, dog parks, and dog runs have it especially hard on messy days when their natural grass takes a beating.

Pet-Friendly Artificial Grass has come a long way since the earliest Astroturf.  With specialty grass blade patterns, excellent drainage of up to 30 inches per hour and easy cleanup, pet-friendly turf is quickly becoming the go-to grass for veterinary clinics, kennels, dog runs, dog parks, homes, and apartment complexes.

Dogs love to run and play.  This can really take a toll on natural grass surfaces, especially if the area is home to multiple dogs.  Wear patterns begin to emerge and the soil becomes compacted enough that it becomes difficult to re-seed or sod over the bare patches.  Couple this with pet urine grass burn and any weed or insect issues, and it becomes a recipe for a worn-out area.

Pets also like to eat grass, and that can lead to other issues such as upset stomachs and getting sick.  When pesticides and fertilizer are spread on natural grass surfaces, it takes them out of use for several hours or days.  And of course, there is the weekly mowing, trimming and edging that really adds up week after week, year after year.

Below is a comparison between natural and artificial pet grass.  As you look through the lists,  you will see the advantages and disadvantages of each and it will give you a good way to measure which is the most appropriate for your situation or project. The most important difference between natural grass and artificial grass is the level of care required to maintain each.

Natural Grass Vs. Artificial Grass

Natural GrassCooler in direct sunRequires a lot of water
Needs Fertilizing
Weed Control Chemicals
Pest Control Chemicals
Re-seeding/ Sodding
Mowing/Trimming/Edging weekly
Ant Hills
Gophers/ Voles
Pet Urine Grass Burning
Wear & Tear
Expensive Lawn Equipment
Gas Powered Tools Cause Pollution
Artificial GrassVery Little WateringWarmer in Direct Sun
No Fertilizing
Very Little Weed Control
No Pest Control Chemicals
No Re-seeding/ Sodding
No Weekly Mowing/ Trimming/ Edging
No Aeration
No Dethatching
No Ant Hills
No Gophers/Voles
No Pet Urine Grass Burning
Very Little to No Wear & Tear
Lasts Several Decades

Artificial pet turf provides a surface that is not only play friendly but provides odor inhibitors to keep any offensive smells out. Spilled water bowls or urine drain right through the surface and it is easy to pick up or hose off any waste. 

Installing  Pet Turf is a smart investment inside your kennel or vet clinic and outdoors in common play areas. With no muddy paws to worry about, dogs can play freely 365 days a year.  And Pet Turf will give your entire facility a beautiful fresh look and will make playtime and cleanup almost effortless.  Your facility will stay beautiful and green all year-round. No more worrying about brown spots from urine or filling holes dug by your tenants.  Best of all, K9 Artificial Pet Turfprovides a comfortable play surface every canine can appreciate.

Each turf project is unique and has its own set of requirements.  It really boils down to maintenance, and how much time is available each week to take care of a natural grass area versus an artificial grass area. Natural grass takes a lot of time each year to maintain and make improvements.  Artificial grass takes very little time and effort once it is installed.  Most of one’s time can be spent taking care of a natural grass area in lieu of enjoying it, whereas most of one’s time can be spent enjoying and playing with pets on artificial grass in lieu of maintaining it.  It’s really the classic choice of two paths.   Which to choose?

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