Artificial grass and your pet
People with pets, particularly dogs, will know what havoc they can wreak on your garden, and especially your lawn. If you're thinking about artificial grass in your garden, you might be wondering how your pets would react. Our experience has been that pets love playing and lying on artificial grass so you really shouldn't have anything to worry about.
Artificial grass and your pet's calls of nature
Stains on natural grass can be one of the worst things about having a pet, as all of the love and care taken to cultivate a nice green lawn is ruined by your pet's waste! You'd have none of these problems with artificial grass. The colour of the artificial grass won't be affected by your pet's waste, you'll just need to remove any solid matter and clean all waste with water to keep it clean and avoid any foul smells.
Will your pet try to dig up your artificial grass?
Your dog might be quite confused by your artificial grass because they usually look to dig at the smell of soil. It's likely that they won't even try to dig at your grass, sensing it isn't usual lawn turf, but just keep an eye on them early on to make sure. You might need to help train them out of this behaviour if they do begin digging. This page gives some helpful advice that can get you started with this.
Equally, we have found that lots of dogs like to dig in borders, at bulbs, for example. If you're keeping your borders, we're afraid that won't stop when you get artificial grass! Either way, you'll be able to enjoy a nice green lawn without any maintenance, free from holes and mud patches.
The best things about artificial grass and your pets
A natural lawn takes a lot of upkeep, but artificial grass stays nice all year round so there's no need to worry about your pets playing out on the mud in the winter and bringing dirt into your house. Because the grass stays green and healthy throughout the seasons, there's no need to use grass feeds, seed or pesticides, either, which can be harmful to your pets.
Things to think about
One top tip is to make sure your cover is fixed securely and that the surface underneath is secure so that when your dogs (and the rest of the family!) are playing on the grass, it won't move. We can, of course, help you with this fitting, and have written an article with installation tips which may also be helpful for you to read.