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So Fido needs some grass- to run, play, do his…..business. You’re considering installing artificial turf. Good for you! It’s always green, you never have to mow it and the neighbors will be jealous because 1. It’s always green and 2. You never have to mow it. Did you think this was something you can just throw in your truck and unroll from Home Depot, like a cheap living room rug? Think again. If you’re going to invest in artificial turf, there are a few important things to consider first.
There are options galore when it comes to artificial turf in various price ranges. As with most products, “you get what you pay for” also applies to turf. Do you want a synthetic, plastic texture or a softer, more realistic blade? Consider also how easy cleaning up dog poo can be with better quality grass. Pick it up, hose it down and voila! Turf can last between 10-15 years. Sure, there are many different types of turf to choose from, but they’re not all created equally. You’ll want to know where your turf material is sourced from. Less quality turf can be filled with chemical, harmful to pets and humans. American made turf can help and turf materials can insure a good quality. Invest now and you’ll save in the long “run.” No bones about it.
I know you can do it yourself. But do you really want to? Or, maybe you can’t. That’s fine too. Either way, you’ll want to explore the pros and cons of professional installation verses DIY. A pro can help mitigate safety and quality issues by ensuring a seamless installation to increase durability and the life of your turf. Does Fido dig incessantly? Does he love to playfully destroy everything in sight, including the yard? Also noteworthy: If the installation is, er…..amateur, Fido can dig it up at the seams. This means replacement patches and will cause a noticeable difference in appearance of the overall turf. It’s all about your budget. No one is telling you what to do here. Just offering some fun enlightenment.
There are three layers to the turf process- the base, infill, and the turf itself. Have you ever been to a playground with your kids or dog, and suddenly it feels like your shoe is filled with tiny, rubber rocks also only to discover it’s now all over your car and in your house when you take your shoes off? Yeah. That’s crumb rubber infill and is just what it sounds like. It can also get hot and be smelly, so be wary when considering this. Safety is an important factor for Fido! An ideal infill product is non-toxic, natural and will help prevent bacteria and odor. It will also add to the aesthetics of the lawn, helping create a lush, green appearance. Envirofill is a choice option for this type of infill. It was designed for safety and durability, is natural and completely safe for pets and kids and has Microban technology. Basically, this means that this Microban technology, used to prevent the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria that causes odors, is infused into the coating of each sand granule. It’s quite innovative and as important as the turf itself in preventing up to 99% of odors, stains and increasing the life of your lawn.
So, congratulations on taking the next step to a beautiful, forever green lawn for your beloved dog and home! Now you can heckle your neighbors while they mow…..