Synthetic Turf For Dogs
If you have a new home and a dog, you might consider installing synthetic turf in your yard. Many dogs instinctively dig in natural grass, and chemicals in their urine can further damage your lawn. Synthetic turf solves both of these problems. Synthetic turf is also a great option for dog runs, giving your dog a more comfortable surface than concrete or gravel.
While the initial cost of installing the synthetic turf can be expensive, the investment can be recovered over time, as it does not require watering, re-seeding, fertilizer, or any other expensive maintenance. Plus, it frees up your time for other projects, because you’ll never have to mow it.
When considering which synthetic turf to purchase, there are a few considerations. First, find out the drainage rate, or how fast the water will be able to pass through to the dirt below. This is important for both urine and rain, so your dog will not have to stand in puddles. Another good feature is anti-bacterial coating, which will help prevent odors. Next, consider the durability. You want a product that is going to last and not have to be replaced anytime soon. Ask if there is a product warranty and about the expected product life.
Finally, the two most important considerations are look and feel. There is a large variation in both of these features among the different products available. You probably want your synthetic turf to look natural, and your dog will be much more comfortable if it feels as close to natural grass as possible. If you are buying online, ask if they can send you a sample so you can compare color and texture.
Once you have selected your synthetic turf, it’s time to install it. Most of these products are easy to install for the do-it-yourself-er, but you can also hire a landscape professional if you prefer. If you are installing over concrete or asphalt, such as in a dog run or dog kennel, make sure the product can be installed on this surface before purchasing. Ask whether you need a drainage mat or a level of crushed rock or gravel below the synthetic turf. This will vary depending on the product and how you are installing it.
Maintaining your synthetic turf is easy. Just remove leaves, solid waste, and dog hair using a broom or rake. Next, hose down the surface thoroughly. To kill germs and eliminate odors, you apply an enzyme product or a diluted bleach solution. Enzyme products are available from the turf manufacturers or from your local pet store. For the diluted bleach solution, just mix 1/4 cup of bleach in 5 gallons of water. Completely saturate the entire surface, let it soak for 10 minutes, then rinse thoroughly. If you have installed the synthetic turf over your entire yard, you might want to train your dog to use one particular area for bathroom duties. This will make your maintenance chores even easier, as you will only have to clean one section rather than the whole yard.