Artificial grass is becoming increasingly popular among homeowners looking for a drought-friendly alternative to a traditional lawn. Artificial grass demands less upkeep and maintenance, requires no water, and can be enjoyed year-round. However, many people have questions and concerns regarding their pets and how they might be affected by a switch to artificial grass.
The good news is that artificial lawns are safe for pets and are typically more resilient than natural lawns when it comes to the wear and tear inflicted by dogs and cats. That said, here are a few factors to consider before introducing your furry friends to your new artificial lawn.
1. It's Easy to Clean
Perhaps the biggest benefit for many pet owners in this respect is that artificial turf is incredibly easy to clean.This means that even if your dog uses it as his private bathroom, then there is no hassle in keeping it clean afterward.
You can easily hose the grass down to get rid of liquid waste, while any solids can be spotted and then picked up and safely disposed of. This means that you will feel confident that it will always be safe to play on this grass or have a picnic on it with the family.
2.There's No Mud
Even the smallest amount of moisture can create mud throughout your yard.And there’s a good chance your dog will find it and track it inside and create a small nightmare for you to clean up.
Artificial grass eliminates this problem.Whether there’s moisture from the morning dew or even a heavy rainstorm, your dog can explore, play, and go about her day without getting muddy and tracking it inside.
3. Your Doggy's Doings Won't Damage it
Many people’s first question is whether or not pooches will–or should–relieve themselves on artificial turf. Pets tend to go where they know–be it the litter box or bathroom, or that special little patch of gravel, cement or natural grass. Introduce artificial grass, and pets accustomed to using the natural stuff, will usually adapt after a short transitional period.
The good news is that pet waste won’t negatively impact your artificial grass, and turf is easy to clean. Tight, but permeable backing allows urine and fluids to drain. In fact, smaller sections are often used for designated pet potties. Just as these can be lifted to clean throughout, your artificial grass lawn can be enhanced with dog-friendly features for optimum absorption and draining.
4. It Always Looks Good
Another big advantage is that your pooch can spend all day running around on the artificial grass with no damage or signs of wear. Even if he is a big, energetic dog who plays ball hour after hour, you will see that the garden still looks fantastic afterward.The same applies if he is out there playing in the rain or snow. In fact, no matter what the weather is like the grass will look great for you and your dog to enjoy at all times.
Of course, anyone who owns a playful dog and has a natural grass garden will already know that they can cause it to look patchy or muddy when he spends a lot of time on it, particularly if he plays out there with children or other dogs. It is hard work to keep natural grass looking good at the best of times and it is even more difficult when you have an energetic pooch in the family.
5. It's Great for Play
Perhaps the biggest benefit that your dog will feel with an artificial lawn is in the way that it is fantastic to play on. If you choose a luxurious, spongy type of grass then he will love the feel of it under his paws.
This is also something that will benefit a fun-loving family member who wants to get out there and play with their dog as much as possible. Kids and grownups alike can throw themselves to the ground, roll around and basically enjoy life with their pooch.
The fact that the surface is smooth and level also makes it great to play on safely. This means that you will feel more comfortable letting kids and dogs run around out here without fear of them taking a tumble due to the state of the ground.
In terms of a natural grass area, a lot depends on how level the land is and how well maintained it is. If you want to enjoy playing on your lawn but don’t want the hassles of maintaining it, then artificial grass makes perfect sense.