June 06, 2022

With synthetic turf becoming gradually more popular, we have been asked numerous pet-specific questions from those who have fluffy loved ones. Check out a few of the most frequent questions we get regarding artificial turf for dogs in Greenwich.

 

IS IT SAFE FOR DOGS?

Yes! Synthetic grass is harmless to pets — canine and feline alike. Pet turf is developed to be much more resilient than both regular turf and conventional artificial grass. You won’t need harmful pesticides or fertilizers, either, so you won’t be exposed to those chemicals like you would with real turf. Dogs can be sensitive to grass pollen, so when you make the change to synthetic, you might even see Fido experience fewer allergies, too.

 

HOW DO YOU HANDLE PET WASTE?

Pets can use the grass as their bathroom like they instinctively know how to do — the big difference here is the clean-up process is easy for you. It is much easier to clean pet waste off synthetic grass, and the grass won’t fade or become stained from dog urine or feces. Southwest Greens pet turf is manufactured with a sophisticated backing system under the surface that encourages urine and other fluids to drain more efficiently than organic grass. For solid waste, simply let it dry a little before disposal for best results. If you’re left with marks, a quick splash with the hose will take care of any residual waste.

 

WILL IT SMELL BAD FROM DOG URINE?

Synthetic turf has no scent, so if any odors do occur, it’s often caused by dog urine specifically. Many pets favor to use one particulara particular area of the yard to do their business, so occassionally, you can get a little more of a build-up of odor. Southwest Greens turf system is antimicrobial, which helps reduce the smell, but there are methods to ensure no smells ramain. We recommend you use a solution of one-to-one parts water and vinegar to spray Fido’s favorite restroom area. Let it dry to remove any lingering smell.

 

CAN DOGS DAMAGE SYNTHETIC TURF?

Because artificial grass is designed to stand up to heavy, constant use, it makes it very difficult for dogs to destroy. Digging is almost impossible for them on synthetic turf. No more muddy paw prints being tracked into your house as well!

 

DO FLEAS AND TICKS LIVE IN SYNTHETIC TURF?

Because synthetic turf is manufactured from and inorganic material, it is very challenging for fleas, ticks, and other pests to survive in the grass. While we can’t guarantee that your lawn will be 100% flea-free, you can be assured that they will be mostly eliminated. Because there’s no dirt to sustain their nesting, but you must watch out for any build-up of leaves or debris that might make a good breeding environment for fleas and ticks. As long as you clean your synthetic yard consistently, there will be rarely any pests.

 

HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN ARTIFICIAL GRASS FOR PETS?

Be sure to clean feces as soon as possible to remove any smell. To keep everything clean and looking great, we recommend you hose the turf down every week. This will help keep your lawn odor free. Get rid of any leaf or other loose debris to safeguard your backyard unfavorablefor fleas and ticks.

 

HOW MUCH DOES ARTIFICIAL TURF COST?

This will totally depend on your project specification, so it’s hard to provide you an accurate estimate. A few factors that might affect the price are:

  • Size/dimensions of the space being transformed from natural grass to artificial
  • Complexity of design and layout you want to setup
  • Type of synthetic turf products you're going to use
  • How much work needs to be done (removing old grass, leveling surface, etc.)

Tread cautiously with contractors who provide you a set cost of the project, regardless of how much work it involves. This is usually a tell-tale sign that they aren’t employing high-quality materials.

 

HOW LONG WILL ARTIFICIAL TURF LAST?

Pet turf is estimated to last between 10-20 years, depending on use. Southwest Greens's earliest installations are 20 years old and have maintained the rich green color and consistency of natural turf. Our UV-resistant synthetic turf products look and function like new because they are developed to endure heavy traffic, challenging 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.

 

OTHER QUESTIONS?

Didn’t find your question here? If so, we want to hear from you! So contact us now with your pet turf questions.
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