As a homeowner, you want to keep your yard as green as possible with a minimum of maintenance. To do this, you can install artificial turf around your home. Artificial turf is a surface of synthetic fibers made to look like natural grass. It is most often used in arenas for sports that were originally or are normally played on grass. However, it is now being used on residential lawns and commercial applications as well. Artificial turf is clean and green and easy to maintain. This is especially important if you have a family with kids and a dog or two. The newest artificial turf is made to give your family a lush green lawn to play on and give your family dogs a place to do their business that can be easily cleaned. Here are some things to think about if you are considering installing dog-friendly artificial turf around your home:
The Structure of Dog-Friendly Artificial Turf: You (or your contractor) can install the newest and most efficient dog-friendly artificial turf on the bare ground of your yard in the following layers:
- Artificial Turf - The top layer of dog-friendly artificial turf consists of acrylic blades of grass that are impervious to dirt and odors. This grass is perfectly shaped and is approximately 1.25 inches to 1.75 inches in length.
- Infill Granules - The next layer is an infill layer of fine granules that are packed around the base of the artificial grass blades. These granules keep the blades of the artificial grass standing upright and allow any water or liquid to drain through to the next layer. Infill granules contain deodorizer grains that absorb and neutralize liquids that are sprayed onto your artificial lawn such as dog urine.
- Grass Backing - The next layer is a thin acrylic base layer that holds the artificial turf in place. This layer has a thin coating of adhesive to secure the artificial grass blades and prevents any weeds from coming into contact with dirt and germinating. Some artificial grass backings have small drainage tubes that provide a faster means of draining liquid from the artificial grass blades to the earth below.
- Crushed Rock and Stone Base Layer - A layer of rock and stone, approximately 3 inches to 5 inches deep, is the base layer of a dog-friendly artificial turf installation. Many times this layer will contain other proprietary materials that will aid in draining and eliminating liquids that fall onto the artificial grass. This base layer sits directly on the bare ground of your yard.
The Maintenance of Dog-friendly Artificial Grass: To keep your dog-friendly artificial grass clean and odor free, you should pick up any dog poo as soon as you see it. You can then wipe that spot with a damp cloth to make sure that you have picked up all the small pieces of poo or liquid that your dog may have excreted. Dog hairs, plant leaves, and other garden debris can be swept with a push broom on your artificial turf whenever necessary. Natural rainfall is usually all that is needed to rinse any dog urine down through the artificial turf layers. If you notice any dog odors, you can saturate your artificial grass with water from your garden hose and it will drain through to the ground below where it can be absorbed and neutralized.
You can install and maintain your artificial turf lawn and create a place for your family and pets to play and enjoy themselves all year long. You can also hire a contractor to prepare your yard and install your artificial turf. An artificial turf lawn is an efficient and attractive addition to any residential yard. For more information or assistance, contact companies like Bourget Bros. Building Materials.