With artificial grass becoming increasingly popular, we have gotten a lot of pet-specific queries from those who have fluffy loved ones. Explore a few of the most frequent questions we get regarding synthetic grass for dogs in Naperville.
IS IT SAFE FOR DOGS?
Yes! Artificial grass is safe for pets — canine and feline alike. Pet turf is made to be much more resilient than both regular turf and conventional synthetic turf. You won’t need harsh pesticides or fertilizers, either, so you won’t have to deal with those chemicals like you would with real grass. Your pooch can be sensitive to grass pollen, so when you make the switch to artificial, you might even see Fido encounter fewer allergies, too.
HOW DO YOU DISPOSE OF PET WASTE?
Canine can use the grass as their bathroom like they already know how to do — the only difference here is the cleaning process is painless for you. It is much easier to clean pet waste off synthetic grass, and the turf won’t lose color or become stained from dog urine or feces. Southwest Greens pet turf is manufactured with an advanced backing system under its surface that encourages urine and other fluids to drain more efficiently than real 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 remove any remaining waste.
WILL IT SMELL BAD FROM DOG URINE?
Artificial turf has no scent, so if any odors do occur, it’s probably caused by dog urine specifically. Many pets prefer to use one area of the lawn to do their business, so occassionally, a little odor can build-up. Southwest Greens turf system is antimicrobial, which helps 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 restroom area. Let it dry to destroy any lingering odor.
CAN DOGS DAMAGE ARTIFICIAL TURF?
Because artificial grass is developed to withstdand heavy, repetitive use, it makes it very difficult for dogs to damage. Digging is almost impossible for them on synthetic grass. Gone will be the days of muddy paw prints being tracked into your house as well!
DO FLEAS AND TICKS LIVE IN SYNTHETIC TURF?
Because synthetic grass is created from a non-organic material, it is extremely difficult for fleas, ticks, and other pests to live in the grass. While we can’t promise that your lawn will be 100% pest-free, you can trust us that they will be mostly eliminated. Because there’s no soil to support their nesting, but you must look out for any accumulation of leaves or debris that might make a good breeding environment for fleas and ticks. As long as you clean your artificial lawn regularly, there will be rarely any pests.
HOW DO YOU MAINTAIN ARTIFICIAL TURF FOR PETS?
Always be certain to remove waste as soon as possible to eliminate any odors. To keep everything neat and looking great, we advise you hose the grass down at least once a week. This will help keep your lawn from smelling bad. Get rid of any leaf or other loose debris to safeguard your yard unhinibatblefor fleas and ticks.
HOW MUCH DOES ARTIFICIAL GRASS COST?
This will largely depend on your project specification, so it’s challenging to provide you an accurate estimate. Some of the factors that might affect the price are:
- Size/dimensions of the area being transformed from natural grass to artificial
- Complexity of design and layout you want to put in place
- Kind of synthetic turf products you're looking to get
- How much work needs to be done (pull out old turf, even out the surface, etc.)
Be cautious with contractors who give 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 utilizing high-quality materials.
HOW LONG WILL ARTIFICIAL TURF LAST?
Pet turf is estimated to last from 10 to 20 years, depending on use. Southwest Greens's oldest installations are 20 years old and have maintained the rich green color and consistency of natural turf. Our UV-resistant artificial grass products look and function like new because they are engineered to endure heavy traffic, harsh weather conditions, and temperature fluctuations for year round use. All installations come packaged with a one-year workmanship warranty and a manufacturer's warranty that covers fading.
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