With artificial turf becoming more and more popular, we have recently had a lot of pet-specific queries from those who have furry loved ones. Check out some of the most frequent questions we get regarding synthetic turf for dogs in Tucson.
IS IT SAFE FOR DOGS?
Yes! Synthetic turf is safe for pets — canine and feline alike. Pet turf is created to be much more resilient than both organic grass and traditional artificial turf. You won’t need harsh pesticides or fertilizers, either, so you won’t be exposed to those chemicals like you would with organic grass. Your pooch can be sensitive to grass pollen, so when you make the shift to synthetic, you might even see Fido experience fewer allergies, too.
HOW DO YOU DISPOSE OF PET WASTE?
Pets can use the grass as their bathroom like they naturally know how to do — the only difference here is the clean-up process is simple for you. It is much simpler to clean pet waste off artificial grass, and the grass won’t fade or become stained from dog urine or feces. Southwest Greens pet turf is manufactured with an advanced backing system under its surface that allows urine and other fluids to drain more efficiently than organic grass. For solid waste, simply let it dry a little before clean-up for best results. If you’re left with stains, a quick misting with the hose will take care of any residual waste.
WILL IT SMELL BAD FROM DOG URINE?
Artificial grass is odorless, so if any odors do occur, it’s typically caused by dog urine specifically. Many dogs favor to use one particulara particular area of the yard to do their business, so from time-to-time, you can get a little more of a build-up of odor. Southwest Greens turf system is antimicrobial, which can decrease the odor, but there are things you can do to make sure no smells ramain. We recommend you use a solution of one-to-one parts water and vinegar to spray Fido’s favorite bathroom area. Let it dry to remove any dawdling smell.
CAN DOGS DAMAGE ARTIFICIAL TURF?
Because artificial grass is developed to endure heavy, recurring use, it makes it very difficult for dogs to destroy. Digging is virtually impossible for them on synthetic turf. Gone will be the days of dirty 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 live in the grass. While there is no guarantee that your lawn will be 100% flea-free, you can be assured that they will be mostly eliminated. Because there’s no soil to support their nesting, but you must keep an eye out for any piling of leaves or debris that might be suitable for a good breeding environment for fleas and ticks. As long as you clean your synthetic yard regularly, there will be hardly any pests.
HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN SYNTHETIC GRASS FOR PETS?
Always be certain to remove waste as soon as possible to remove any odors. To keep everything neat and looking great, we suggest you hose the turf down weekly. This will help keep your lawn odor free. Get rid of any leaf or other loose debris to safeguard your backyard unhinibatblefor fleas and ticks.
HOW MUCH DOES SYNTHETIC TURF COST?
This will largely depend on your specific project, so it’s challenging to provide you an exact estimate. The following factors that might affect the price are:
- Size/dimensions of the space being converted from natural grass to synthetic
- Inticracy of design and layout you want to install
- Kind of synthetic grass products you're thinking of purchasing
- How much work needs to be done (get rid of old grass, leveling surface, etc.)
Tread cautiously with contractors who offer you a set price for a project, in spite of how much work it involves. This is usually a good 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 oldest installations are 20 years old and have maintained the healthy green color and consistency of real turf. Our UV-resistant artificial turf products look and function like new because they are created to withstand heavy traffic, harsh weather conditions, and temperature fluctuations for year round use. All installations come bundled with a one-year workmanship warranty and a manufacturer's warranty that covers fading.