Artificial Turf Lawns for Dogs:
Have Special Grooming Needs
As every pet owner experiences, what is consumed
at the front of the pet usually comes out the back; some how, somewhere.
Defecation materials, spit and other biological “stuff” can
be deposited by your pets on the area. Just like any surface around
your site, synthetic grass and artificial turf need some regular
attention to keep it clean, fresh and safe for your family, friends
Solid materials should be removed regularly. Leaving
solid material waste on the surfaces to break down will increase
the amount of contaminate that saturates the turf system—remove
solid wastes as soon and as regularly as possible.
Treat loose stool material with care by removing
with gloves and spot treating with cleaners. Irrigate the area locally.
Do NOT hose solid waste away—this just spreads the waste across
a larger surface area.
In dry weather, it is okay to leave solids to harden
prior to removing. During wet weather, remove immediately so the
solids do not break down further.
Urine will be difficult to locate on the surfaces
by sight. Assume that the animals are urinating and treat the entire
surface when deodorizing and sanitizing. Most products require one
gallon per 500 square feet to achieve the best coverage and saturation
of liquids to do the job efficiently. You can use the sprinkler
setting on any hose nozzle to drizzle water through the site, helping
to drive the treatments down through the turf, infill, backing and
Volume of waste and use of the area plays a large
part in how often you wish to groom the site. A single dog family
with a mid to large size animal may need to sanitize the area weekly
where a kennel or clinic may wish to do this daily. Sanitizing and
deodorizing is critical to your long-term enjoyment and safe use
of synthetic grasses and artificial turf.
For best results…
- Keep the site free of organic debris (leaves
and such) solid wastes will be easier to see and clean up
- If your pet has an illness, you might want to
consider spraying spots with a disinfectant
- During winter rains, irrigating the area isn’t
needed; during summer sun and dryness, treat with full strength
cleaners (except bleach) and irrigate the area weekly to wash
the treatments deep into the system
- If you have turf pieces laid on concrete, wood
or other hard surface materials, clean under the turf regularly!
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