Artificial turf or fake grass is just one option for homeowners who live in areas where drought conditions are common. Pet owners are also finding it to be a popular choice. Homeowners with pets find that converting a natural grass lawn to fake grass offers them many benefits over and above their ability to conserve water. For families who want their pet to have the best possible experience, building a dog run with fake grass also offers benefits without having to convert the entire lawn.
Artificial turf is extremely easy to clean and does not require a lot of extra maintenance. It is important to remove any solid waste and pick up an yard debris that may find its way into the area, but once that is taken care of, a quick rinsing with the garden hose will help to wash away any urine residue. It will also help to control any odors that may be present. There are different types of infill that can be used as well. Crumb rubber and pea gravel are better at controlling pet odors. Sand or silica sand can also be used, either by itself or mixed with other types of infill. When fake grass is installed in dog runs or throughout the entire lawn, there is much less risk of the pet dragging dirt, mud and other types of lawn debris into the home or swimming pool.
Artificial turf also has advantages when it comes to the health of your pet. If a pet has allergies, installing fake grass in their dog run or outside enclosure can help eliminate their exposure to allergens. Reducing the amount of pollen in the air will lessen the severity of certain symptoms, such as watery eyes, sneezing and coughing. Fake grass is manufactured with materials that contain components that can actually reduce the risk of bacterial infection.
Unlike natural grass, artificial turf does not provide a suitable home for many insects. Nor does it contain many of the irritants that can cause a dog's skin to become red or inflamed. In the heat of the summer, a pet can get what are known as “hot spots”. These are red irritated areas of skin where the animal scratches. If the area is not properly treated, the dog may lick or scratch the area until the hair is worn away and a large patch of bare skin is exposed. Fake grass is less likely to harbor conditions where this becomes a large threat.
Most dogs are too busy enjoying the outdoors to worry about “comfort”. They run, play, roll and relax. Artificial turf looks and feels like natural grass so most pets don't take enough time to actually notice there is a difference. Artificial turf is manufactured to feel just like natural grass when it comes to texture, flexibility and general reaction to movement. When it comes to visual appeal, artificial turf offers a uniformity that natural grass rarely has. Your pet can roll around and lay on the ground without fear of having lawn debris stick to their coat or cause irritation. The lack of pollen is also beneficial because it can't be stirred up as the pet runs and plays.
Artificial turf offers benefits for both homeowners and their pets. Whether the fake grass is used in their dog run or used for the entire lawn, both pets and children alike can benefit from its use. This is especially true when it comes to comfort and cleanliness. If you are considering installing fake grass or using it inside a pet enclosure or dog run, talk to a landscape professional to make sure the right kind is chosen according to your personal needs.