If you already have artificial turf installed, you know all about its great advantages. But did you know that artificial turf isn’t just for yards, especially when it comes to dogs?
Wondering why artificial turf is better than natural grass for our four-legged friends? Hang tight. Sportech knows the ins and outs of installing synthetic turf in Oregon. We’ll break down where it can and should be installed and why it’s so beneficial for dogs.
Why Install Artificial Turf for Dogs?
Before we get into where it can be installed, let’s break down why you should install artificial turf. For starters, it makes sound financial sense. Artificial turf is incredibly easy to maintain. No mowing, trimming, or landscaping is required. It also stands the test of time, holding up to weather and daily foot traffic. Or in this case, daily paw traffic.
Durable with little maintenance required, artificial turf can save you time, money, and energy. Sounds pretty wonderful, right? But you’re probably wondering how artificial turf is beneficial for dogs.
Well, if you have a natural lawn, you’ve probably used chemicals, such as fertilizer or pesticides, to maintain your landscaping. If so, you may be putting your furry friend at risk. Dogs can consume harmful chemicals that may be great for grass, trees, and plants but toxic for our four-legged friends. A sick pup causes distress for both you and your pet. It could also lead to a pricey vet bill.
Artificial turf eliminates the need for fertilizer or other chemicals. Your dog will be free from the risk of dangerous toxins, and you can breathe a little easier not having to worry about the threat those toxins could pose to your pet.
But what about the chemicals in artificial turf, you may be wondering. While artificial turf was once made with chemicals, technological improvements have now made it safer for both you and your pet. If you are doing a new installation with a reputable contractor, then artificial turf should not pose any risk to your health and safety.
It Saves You Time and Money
Synthetic turf can also save you money when it comes to how often you have to groom your pet. Just think about how many times your dog has returned with muddy paws after running around outside on a rainy day. Your dog probably needs a good bath, and you have to clean up the mess that was left behind.
But when you install artificial turf, you can cut back on visits to the dog groomer and save yourself the time and energy of having to clean up all those muddy tracks. You can also reduce the number of ticks, fleas, and other pests that your dog comes into contact with regularly.
Where to Install Artificial Turf for Dogs
A common misconception is that artificial turf is only for yards and sports fields. But synthetic turf is versatile and can be installed in various places. For instance, a city, municipality, or property management company building a dog park for residents could benefit from artificial turf installation. Making the switch from natural to artificial grass can save money by eliminating lawn maintenance costs. If you want to keep more money in the city coffers, this could be just the way to do it.
The same goes for private business owners. Artificial turf makes a great addition to doggy daycares and dog-training centers or recreation areas, for instance. Instead of worrying about lawn maintenance, you can focus your sole attention on ensuring the dogs in your care get just the right amount of TLC. Artificial turf can be installed both indoors and outdoors. It makes a great indoor play area on days when the weather is bad and conditions aren’t the best for letting dogs play outside.
How to Maintain Artificial Turf for Dogs
So, how exactly do you clean up after your pet once you have artificial turf installed? It’s really quite simple. All you need to do is spray the area down with a garden hose a couple of times a week to prevent ammonia buildup from your dog’s urine. After that, you can sit back and relax.
Even with hosing down the area a couple of times a week, you’ll significantly cut down on your water usage. Reducing the number of times you have to water your lawn is yet another way artificial turf helps save you both time and money.
There are things to look for, though, when trying to find the best artificial turf for dogs. For starters, you should look for turf with a heavier face weight. This is especially important in high-traffic areas, such as dog parks. It should also have a fully permeable backing. You may also want to look for artificial turf made with antimicrobial agents that help eliminate odors.
Work With an Expert
These days, there are many artificial turf options from which to choose. They come in different colors, have varying pile heights, are made from different materials, and of course, have different price points.
So how do you decide which one is right for you? Consult with the experts. Sportech specializes in both commercial and residential artificial turf installation. We can help you figure out which type of artificial turf is most suitable for you and your dog’s needs. You can request a quote from us to receive a free estimate or simply give us a call to learn more.
Don’t find yourself in the doghouse by sticking with natural grass. Instead, give man’s best friend a treat by installing artificial turf that can be enjoyed for many years to come. We’ve helped countless homeowners and business owners make the switch to artificial turf over the years. So allow us to use our knowledge and expertise to help you be the next to experience the very real benefits of artificial turf.