Artificial Grass for Dogs

Artificial grass for dogs and pets will provide a cleaner and lower maintenance place for your loved ones to play and relax. Upgrading your existing grass with artificial turf will also reduce the risk of your pet being exposed to potentially harmful chemicals that can be present in real grass lawns. We are going to go over the advantages of synthetic turf and how it can be part of a smart dogscaping plan including the best types of artificial grass for dogs, how to install and keep it clean all year long.   

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If you are reading this you probably have questions about artificial grass and whether it's suitable for your dog. You might be wondering if it's possible to keep it clean and what happens when a dog pees and poops on it. Inevitably most dogs end up using the grass as a litter box and that might even be the reason you're here in the first place. You might be tired of the never-ending game of trying to keep your existing natural lawn looking nice and green or prevent dirt getting tracked into the house on muddy paws. 

Even though artificial grass has been around for many years, the idea of having it in your own yard or patio might be new to you. Our goal is to give you as much information about artificial grass so you can make a very informed decision on whether artificial grass is right for you and your dog. A dog grass allergy or sensitivity to pollen produced by grass is another consideration if you have dogs that spend a lot of time on the lawn. 

Is Artificial Grass Suitable for Dogs?

Yes, artificial grass is suitable for dogs and most of them prefer it over regular grass. We can only observe them enjoying it of course but its evident right away that most dogs feel at home and very comfortable on artificial turf. It's softer than regular grass and it's almost always clean and dry due to the excellent drainage. Rain or shine you can count on a great looking green lawn that won't turn into a mess of mud and grass clippings that will eventually find its way into your home where a dog paw cleaner is necessary just to keep the floors clean.  

Benefits of Artificial Grass for Dogs

There are many benefits to artificial grass for dogs and most owners that have upgraded to synthetic turf will wish they had upgraded sooner. If you fight the battle against dead patches and burnt yellow circles every year you understand how frustrating it can be to keep natural grass looking good. The challenges and headaches of trying to keep a regular lawn in pristine condition will be a thing of past.   

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Real Grass vs Artificial Grass for Dogs

When comparing artificial vs real grass the most common question we get is whether it's safe for dogs to be on all the time. It's actually a safer surface for dogs to play on because it doesn't require chemicals to stay green and it won't harbour potentially harmful bugs, insects or weeds. You'll never have to spend money on professional lawn maintenance, potentially harmful fertilizers and lawn treatments or an expensive lawnmower. Lets take a look at some other benefits that will help answer the question of whether artificial grass is suitable for dogs or not. 

No Harmful Chemicals

If you are like most pet owners, you care about your dog like it's part of the family. A non-toxic artificial grass is not only safe for your loved one but it provides a healthier environment compared to natural grass. You will no longer need to use harmful chemicals to keep the lawn green all year long. This includes; fertilizers, weed killers, insecticides and anything else used to keep a lawn alive in harsh Canadian weather. Upgrading to artificial grass will also help prevent flea and tick infestations that can occur in some areas in British Columbia. 

Learn more about the welfare of your pet at home including how to safely keep your dog in a yard by WikiHow.

No More Mud and Dirt

Artificial grass for dogs creates a mud-free environment that your dog and you will love, minus the mess. Dogs, like children, seem to be able to find mud puddles and it's never enough to just step in it once. It leads to mucky paws and anything else that they can get dirty that eventually ends up in your nice clean house. Springtime in Vancouver, Kelowna or Prince George no longer means you'll have to deal with a muddy, sloppy mess in your backyard. 

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Dog Daycares and Kennels Use It

There's no better indication that artificial grass is dog approved than the growing popularity of artificial turf being used in dog potty patches, in dog daycares and kennels. The hard-wearing properties and low maintenance make it ideal for heavy usage at dog daycares. When you combine that with the other benefits including the cleanliness and comfort it's easy to see why dog kennels and daycares are switching to artificial turf. 

Artificial Grass for Dogs Specifications

When choosing the best artificial grass for dogs there are 2 qualities to keep in mind. These characteristics of the ideal turf for dogs will help ensure that you are providing the most durable, low maintenance and comfortable area for your pets. We recommend speaking with your local artificial grass turf installer to ask which types of grass meet the following requirements. 

Pile Height - Grass Blade Length 

When it comes to the best artificial grass for dogs you can go with any blade length but you will get increased longevity and keep it looking great longer with a shorter pile height. The shorter the pile height the better it will wear if you have dogs or it's exposed to regular foot traffic. We recommend a blade length between 1-2 inches if its made from polyethylene or polypropylene. If the grass is made out of nylon you can increase your ideal pile height range from 1-2 1/2 inches because of nylons increased strength. 

Ideal Pile Height: 1-2"

Pile Density - Grass Thickness

The density or thickness of artificial grass for dogs is important when considering it's ability to withstand wear and tear. If your dog is prone to digging or uses the dog run to literally run endless circles you want to make sure you use a thick grass with a high density rating. The denser the fibre count the more dog friendly the turf is as a general rule. You want make sure that you have a density higher than 16,000 stitches per square meter. The higher the density the better it will stand up to not only traffic from your dog but wear in general. 

Ideal Pile Density: 65 oz or higher

Installing Artificial Grass for Dogs

Installing artificial grass for dogs is similar to laying regular turf but you do need to keep a few things in mind. If you are having turf installed it's a good idea to let your turf installer know ahead of time that dogs will be frequenting the grass. It should be part of your original sales discussion because there are a few considerations beyond choosing the best artificial grass for your dog or pet. In addition to discussing the turf warranty and fire safety rating you should be sure to discuss the following installation specifics. 

Adequate Drainage

Allowing for proper drainage is an important part of installing artificial grass for dogs. If you live in a climate that experiences a lot of rain it is also imperative that you have proper drainage. You want to make sure that when your dog pees on the grass the urine drains through the turf so it can disperse underground. When you give the grass a rinse with a garden hose or when it rains, the ammonia odors associated with dog pee won't stick around when there is proper drainage in place. 

Edges Securely Fastened

A concern that some dog owners have when considering artificial grass is whether their dog will damage the grass by digging it up or pulling on the edges. If you have a dog that enjoys digging or biting just about anything and anywhere you can feel safe with properly installed artificial grass. After talking with a professional turf installer about your concerns they will ensure that the edges are securely fastened with extra fasteners. 

Anti-Microbial Infill

An often forgotten part of synthetic grass lawns is the infill material that has many useful benefits, especially for dog owners. In most cases a regular silica sand is adequate but when it comes to dogs and urine there is no doubt that an anti-microbial infill is worth every penny. The increased cost will help keep urine smells at bay and help prevent growth of other organisms. In addition to eliminating odours you can count on organic infills to keep the lawn cooler than regular sand. 

Cleaning Artificial Grass for Dogs

If you're wondering how to clean artificial grass for dogs you aren't alone. It's a question we get asked a lot especially if you have multiple dogs that use the lawn to pee and poop on. You clean poop the same way you would on natural grass by scooping it up and disposing it. The area where the poop was can be sprayed with a garden hose or you can let nature take care of it and wait until it rains, at your discretion.

Clean Dog Urine and Prevent the Smell

Dog urine is a bit different because it isn't visible and your dog likely has a dog toilet area or favourite spot they like to pee. The good news is that the drainage design in artificial grass allows for rain, snow and anything liquid to drain through the grass infill layer, including dog urine. It then drains down through holes punched in the turf backing and into the sub base layer where it feeds through to the ground underneath. Rain is generally adequate for keeping your lawn clean and free from the ammonia smell associated with dog urine.  

To clean dog urine and prevent the smell we recommend spraying the bathroom area with a garden hose. This should be done as often as needed and will depend on variables like how much your dog pees and how often it rains. You may be perfectly ok to let rain wash the urine through but if you notice the ammonia smell, spraying the area should be sufficient. If you have stubborn odors you may need to use an enzyme cleaner or pet deodorizer.

Remove Dog Hair from Artificial Grass

If your dog sheds you may end up with a significant amount of dog hair on the lawn. Your dog is most likely going to love being on the artificial grass and inevitably they're going to shed on it. The good news is that it's relatively easy to get rid of and you have a couple options for doing it. The first option is to use an outdoor power blower or vacuum to spot clean the surface, making sure not to suck up the infill material laying at the base of the grass. The second option is to use a power bristle broom to collect the hair in piles that can be easily vacuumed or picked up. 

Artificial Grass for Dogs FAQs

If you still have questions about artificial grass for dogs we've put together a list of frequently asked questions. If you own a dog or have multiple dogs and live in Canada we can help and at the very least answer questions you might have so you can make an informed decision. Artificial turf is pet friendly, most say it's way better than regular grass and we hope you get to see for yourself. 

Is artificial turf strong enough to stand up to digging and wear of large dogs?

Yes. A quality artificial turf installed properly will stand up to anything a dog can throw at it including digging and running in circles. In addition to artificial grass consider other dogscaping techniques that will help create a harmonious balance between your dog and your family. 

Is artificial turf safe for my dog?

Yes. It's likely a safer environment than your existing grass because it doesn't harbour potentially harmful chemicals, insects, worms or weeds. A non-toxic artificial grass for dogs is safe and we bet your dog is going to love it especially when you add a nice new outdoor dog house for them to live in!

Does dog urine discolour or stain artificial grass?

No. Urine won't stain or discolour artificial grass even if it's exposed to it everyday. Turf is designed to stand up to harsh weather including the suns intense ultraviolet UV rays. The colour of artificial grass will fade very slightly over its lifetime but it won't be noticeable. 

How do you clean dog poop and pee from artificial grass?

Dog poop is scooped up as you would on regular grass and pee can either be sprayed into the grass or left for the rain to rinse through. 

Can I install artificial grass on my balcony, deck, patio or concrete?

Yes. Artificial grass can be installed just about anywhere including walls by a professional installer that has knowledge in specialized installations.

How much does artificial grass for dogs cost?

Artificial grass ranges in price from $7-$15 per square foot. This price range include the cost for materials, installation and labour which translates to between $2,800 and $6,000 for a 400 square foot lawn. 

If you have any questions about artificial grass for dogs contact us and we'll get back to you as soon as we can.

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