Is Artificial Grass Good For Pets?
According to a recent household survey, 45% of the UK population own a pet. It’s no surprise then, when it comes to household renovations, that we take into account all members of our family – including the furry ones!
Artificial grass is a hugely popular choice for homeowners with pets simply because there are so many benefits!
If you are a pet owner, you’ve probably seen the damage that they can do to natural lawns. From digging up whole corners of the garden in search of…well, you’re not exactly sure to the devastating effects of diseases like lungworm; pet owners with natural lawns have to navigate a minefield of risks and potential problems in order to keep their pet safe.
And it’s a balancing act. On the one hand, as a homeowner you want a lawn that looks lush, green and tidy. On the other, you want to do everything in your power to keep your pet happy and in good health.
And that’s where artificial lawns come in. In this post, we will answer the question: Is artificial grass good for pets? We’ll also be giving you some tips and tricks on how to choose the right artificial grass for pets. So, read on – and if you have any questions be sure to get in touch with us.
Pets Love Artificial Grass
There are many parts of the year when your garden may be off limits to your pet – but with an artificial lawn this needn’t be the case. In all seasons, artificial grass is totally safe and functional regardless of the weather.
As the backing used in the installation of artificial grass is permeable, rainwater drains through quickly meaning the lawn remains functional in all weathers. And, due to the way it’s made, it won’t freeze in winter. So your beloved pet can get outside and enjoy bouncing, rolling, and playing on the lawn whatever the Great British weather may throw at you!
Artificial Grass Is Durable
One of the main concerns of pet owners is that artificial grass may be damaged by their pet. But this shouldn’t be a worry at all! Artificial lawns are made to be durable, and even the most determined pet won’t be able to cause any damage to the surface.
Also, due to the excavation process during installation, all of the tempting treasures are removed from beneath the surface. Because of this, pets will be less inclined to scratch or dig into an artificial lawn.
Because of the way artificial grass is made and laid, it never gets muddy. After periods of heavy rain, a beautiful artificial lawn will look just as stunning even if you let your pet loose on it to run and play.
It’s Low Maintenance
One of the biggest bugbears of homeowners is that natural lawns take time and effort to maintain. Not only do they need mowing frequently to stay tidy, they also need regular treatments throughout the year to keep them healthy. And that’s before you let your pet gets on it!
As mentioned above, pets such as dogs and cats will not be able to dig up an artificial lawn. And it won’t sustain any damage from their faeces or urine, either. While pet urine has the potential to discolour, and even kill, natural grass; an artificial lawn stays green no matter what. Urine drains away through the permeable layer leaving no puddles or residue. And faeces can be picked up and disposed of in the usual way.
We do get asked a lot if pets can leave a lasting smell on artificial grass from repeated use of this nature. While this is true, it’s easy to remedy and keep odours at bay. All you need to do is give your artificial lawn a splash of water. Vinegar also works well as a deodoriser, however you needn’t do this frequently if it’s not required.
We understand that the health and safety of your pet is one of the most important things. That’s one of the reasons why we think artificial grass is so good for pets.
Artificial grass poses no threat to animals. The materials used to make it are non-toxic, and many are used in food packaging! As well as this, there’s also a lot of benefits in artificial grass when it comes to the health of your pet.
Lungworm is a parasitic worm that, if eaten by dogs or foxes, can be fatal. Infection often happens in pets through them eating slugs and snails, all of which can be found in a natural lawn. With an artificial lawn, you are less likely to see any of these creatures at all, greatly reducing the risk of lungworm in your pet.
Artificial grass and synthetic lawns are both hypoallergenic and need no treatments from chemicals. You can wave goodbye to fertilisers and weed killers that could be harmful to your pet and rest safe in the knowledge that they can enjoy the great outdoors in peace.
It’s Good For Your Home
We’re sure there’s many pet owners reading this who have despaired when, once again, their beloved pet has tracked mud through the house. Whether it’s muddy footprints on the carpets or stains to sofas, we generally accept that dirt is part and parcel of being a pet owner.
That being said, artificial grass is a great way to reduce the amount of cleaning needed in your home. As no boggy or muddy patches will form, there will be less chance of dirt being bought into the house – meaning less time cleaning up after them!
Which Artificial Grass Is Good For Pets?
At New Lawn Artificial Grass, all of our products are pet friendly. That being said, we do have some suggestions on which is artificial grass is the best for pets (and their owners!).
Generally, when it comes to choosing an artificial lawn that will be used frequently by pets, a medium short pile height is the best choice. This makes it easier for you to get rid of any mess left by your pet, while still looking as natural as possible. We also recommend you plump for a high pile density – somewhere between 16,000-18000 stitches per square metre is perfect.
The rest really comes down to personal preference. Of all of our artificial grass products, we recommend the Royal Melbourne, Merrion, Riviera and Oakmont types for the reasons above. You can get yourself a free sample of each of these from us here.
In summary, artificial grass is not just good for pets – it’s great!
Beyond a quick sniff around following installation, you will find they have no problem running, jumping, playing and snoozing on your brand new lawn. What’s more, you can reap all of the benefits of a low maintenance and attractive lawn without worrying it may get destroyed!
When it comes to choosing the right artificial lawn for your home and lifestyle, it really all comes down to personal preference and use. All of the artificial grass products we offer at New Lawn are durable, easy to maintain, attractive and pet friendly.
If you would like further information about artificial grass for your pet, get in touch with us today. We endeavour to reply to every query as soon as possible, and we’d be happy to help with any questions you may have.