Artificial grass is growing in popularity among homeowners, PR Newswire reports. Not only does it look and feel like the real deal, but synthetic lawns are also low-maintenance, environmentally-friendly, and stain-resistant. Even better? Dogs love them, too! While you may be hesitant about using artificial grass with a dog due to concerns over hygiene and safety, the reality will pleasantly surprise you -- it's perfectly safe for dogs and humans alike! Today's synthetic lawns are made to high standards with safe materials designed to prioritize hygiene and withstand frequent use. Read on to put your mind at rest.
Should I be worried about lead?
Old studies draw attention to the danger of lead traces found in artificial grass, and so this is an immediate concern for anyone considering this for their garden. Prolonged lead exposure can result in mood disorders, suppressed immune systems, and neurological issues, and is particularly dangerous for children and pregnant women. However, synthetic lawns have come a long way in the past decade. In 2008, The Center For Environmental Health reached an agreement with grass manufacturers that strictly limits lead in artificial grass. It's now made of non-toxic synthetic materials. So, as long as you buy your lawn from a well-established, trusted company, you don't need to be worried about lead.
Does artificial grass use chemicals?
Natural lawns often require chemicals like fertilizers and pesticides to keep them bug-free and in good shape. Not only does this harm the environment, but it's also dangerous for dogs who love to lie down for hours outside and even chew on the grass. The good news is artificial grass -- unlike real grass -- doesn't need any chemicals and is simple to maintain. Not only does this eliminate unhealthy toxins that could endanger your dog, but it also means less work for you!
So how do I clean up mess?
It's not always easy to keep natural grass clean and hygienic. Dogs usually like to do their business in the same one spot causing brown patches and unpleasant smells to form over time. Moreover, contaminated soil always carries risk of infecting your dog with worms. Synthetic grass is a great option for dogs because it's easy to keep clean. High-quality artificial grass has a drainage system, which means urine simply drains away and no bacteria is absorbed into the grass. All you need to do is rinse it down with a hose and wash with soapy water. You can also ensure maximum cleanliness by using a simple mix of vinegar and water to spray over the patches your dog tends to urinate on.
Finally, it's important to hire an experienced professional to install your synthetic lawn. A professional will know how to lay seams and edges correctly, so your dog doesn't trip and injure himself on an uneven surface. If, however, your dog were to fall, the infill provides extra padding to minimize impact. Ultimately, synthetic grass offers many benefits for you and your dog. As long as you do the proper maintenance, your garden will remain a green oasis for many years to come.