Frequently Asked Questions About Artificial Grass From Sarasota Dog Owners

September 13, 2022

Considering artificial grass and unsure how that’ll work for your furry loved ones? Look no further! We have listed out the top questions we get about artificial grass for dogs for you.


Is It Actually Safe For Dogs?

Of course! Artificial grass is safe for dogs. Most pet turf available is built to be longer lasting than ordinary synthetic turf and organic grass. You will also no longer have to worry about the dangerous chemicals Fido may have been exposed to before, like pesticides or fertilizers. Fake grass can help you to reduce allergens, too!


Will It Smell Bad?

The synthetic grass has no odor. So, if smells do occur, it is usually from something else. The #1 thing most Sarasota, FL pet owners are concerned with is if pet urine will cause the turf to smell bad. Dogs typically prefer to like one part of the lawn to urinate and defecate, so you may sometimes get a bit more urine odor build-up in that spot. Shawgrass pet turf is antimicrobial, which makes it naturally odor resistant. That said, If you do begin to notice an odor of urine in Fido’s favorite spot, you can take care of it with a solution of equal parts water and vinegar and spray the area. Then, all you have to do is let it dry to remove any remaining smells.


How Do You Clean Pet Waste Off It?

Fido can use your lawn as a bathroom, like he always has, but cleaning up will be much easier for you. Our pet turf is made with an advanced flow-through backing system under the surface which helps urine and other liquids drain better than it does on regular grass. Solid waste is also easy to clean up — just let waste dry a little before removal for best results (it’ll be far less messy). If you are left with any residue, a quick spray from your garden hose will eliminate any residual waste.


Will Waste Stain It?

No, pet droppings will not permanently stain your turf. We have and continue to put our artificial pet turf through rigorous testing that results in the best possible product. For years, we have found ways to be sure the grass won’t fade or become stained from pet urine or feces.


Do Fleas and Ticks Like Fake Grass?

Synthetic turf is made from an inorganic material which makes it difficult for common pests like fleas and ticks to live. Sure, we cannot guarantee that you will not get any ticks or fleas at all, but you can be sure there will be drastically less exposure! If you clean your turf regularly and remove debris and leaves that would be perfect for their nest material, you will cut down on their numbers.


Can Dogs Destroy Artificial Grass?

Synthetic grass is manufactured to withstand heavy use and the worst weather of every season, which means it is very difficult for dogs to destroy it. Dogs will not be able to dig like with ordinary grass, and you won’t have to mess with mud getting into your house, either. Dogs can still run, play, and roll like they would on natural grass, too.


How Do You Maintain It?

Upkeep on an artificial lawn is remarkably easy. To keep turf looking like new, simply take care of any fallen leaves and other debris and rinse it down with a hose weekly if rain has been sparse. You can look through our guide about how to clean artificial turf here.


How Much Will It Cost?

How much a turf project costs varies based on exactly what elements of your project, so it’s hard to offer exact estimates. As a result, here are a few what might affect your pricing.

  • The dimensions of the space you are installing artificial grass
  • How challenging the specific layout and design are
  • Type of synthetic grass products you are looking to get
  • How much excavation needs to be done to remove the old turf, level the surface, etc.

 Please be extra skeptical with contractors who will give you a single price for a project with no consideration of the amount of effort it actually involves. This usually means they are not using high-end materials and will cut corners for themselves wherever they can.


How Long Will It Last?

Shawgrass pet turf should last from 10-20 years, based on how much it’s used. Even our first projects are still bright in color and lush, because of our UV-resistant design. All Shawgrass installations from Dance Floor Custom Greens carry a one-year workmanship warranty and a manufacturer's warranty covering fading. Be sure to read our product selection guide to start looking for the ideal application for you.


Other Questions?

Did we miss some of your questions about synthetic grass for dogs? If so, let is know! Contact us with any remaining questions you may have or tell us if you are ready for your free consultation.