Is Artificial Turf suitable for dogs?
Owner, Tassie Artificial Turf
This is probably the most frequently asked question that I get as an artificial turf technician. I have
had hundreds of clients ask me this question over the past 10 years in the industry. The answer is a
But please read on to understand the different techniques used to install the artificial turf so that the turf is long lasting and can handle the dogs, also some really important maintenance tips to increase the longevity of the artificial turf.
The installation of the gravel base is super important when building an area for dogs to live on. The base should be minimum 100mm thick.
Drainage is a key component to the installation of artificial turf for dogs. The drainage should be thought through quite carefully so that no water has any chance of laying or building up in one area of the yard or lawn.
Double the amount of 150mm galvanised nails to prevent dogs from lifting the turf or consider a treated pine timber nailing board for the turf to roll over and be screwed or nailed off to the timber edge.
No mud or dust
Easy to maintain
Durable and clean
Increasing the rate of infill by 1-2kg per m2 to add a little more weight to the turf which will lessen the chance of the dogs moving or lifting the turf. Ensuring that the backing of the artificial turf used for the dog area has got drainage holes at no less than 100mm apart.
Ensuring all dog excretion are collected often enough so that it doesn’t start to break down into the grass. A plastic doggy bag or scoop is a good option to pick it up. Setting up a bin in the backyard and some nice convenient tools are a good way to ensure it’s done often and doesn’t get on top of the owner.
Using ‘Wee Off’ to neutralise the smell of urine. This should be used as often as needed. Hose and broom down the artificial turf area to remove any debris. General inspection of the area to ensure that no edges are being dug up or tuffs of grass removed from any area.
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