Are you worried about whether or not artificial grass will be completely safe for your dog?
Your dog is one of the family, and the last thing you’d want is for their safety to be put at risk. This is a main concern for many homeowners when considering whether or not to invest in artificial grass, and we understand completely – we’re the same with our own pets.
The good news is, you shouldn’t have to worry. Good quality artificial grass is completely pet-friendly and safe for your dog to use. In fact, some of our customers cite their dog as the main reason for investing in an artificial lawn!
Below, I’m going to explain below about the three biggest reasons artificial grass is completely safe for dogs and other pets.
1. Your dog can’t eat or swallow it
This is perhaps the biggest concern for dog owners, especially if they have a particularly playful or unruly dog. It’s actually extremely durable, and strength-tested to exceed British standards, ensuring that the blades of grass cannot be pulled out of the weave. This means your dog won’t be able to eat it, or destroy it.
In fact, there’s no reason why good quality artificial grass shouldn’t be able to last you and your dog a good 15 – 20 years.
2. It requires no harmful chemicals
Because artificial grass is made up of synthetic materials, you don’t need to buy fertilisers to keep it looking luscious and green. And when it comes to cleaning, all you need to do is hose it down with water – with the optional soap when necessary. No harmful chemicals required!
If you feel it’s necessary, you can opt for a pet-friendly weed-killer. However, usually this isn’t required, as surface weeds caused by airborne seeds will just gently pull out as part of your regular maintenance.
3. It provides a safe, soft surface to play on
Your dog shouldn’t be able to hurt itself on your artificial lawn, as it features a soft, springy surface dogs tend to love playing on all year round. The joins should be invisible to the eye, and there should be no danger of them pulling anything out that could hurt them.
In over eight years of installing artificial grass for homeowners, we’ve never had an issue with dogs trying to pull artificial grass up at the edges, but some particularly nervous homeowners do occasionally opt for an extra safeguard in the form of round, galvanised pins or a nailed down timber border to help keep the grass in place.
In these cases, the pins or nails are buried so deep, and well-hidden into the grass and sub-base that they should cause no danger to your dog at all.
Advice from an experienced installer
The best advice I can give you is to choose a reputable installer, and check with them that your new artificial grass will be completely safe for your dog or pet. Follow our advice (mentioned here) when checking the stitch rate and gauge for your grass(in other words, how many stitches there are and the distance between them), and ensure it has a strong backing.
It’s also wise to check the installation procedure the company uses when fitting the grass.
Ask to see examples of your chosen installer’s work. They should have photos of dogs and pets using their artificial lawns – you can also check for customer testimonials and reviews from customers who have dogs. This, along with a good guarantee that also covers workmanship, should go a long way to setting your mind at ease (although this won’t cover damage caused by pets).
You can also ask your installer what they can offer in terms of extra safeguards (such as galvanised pins or a timber border) if you feel it’s necessary.
Your dog’s safety can be a big concern when investing in artificial grass for your property. However, the good news is that most artificial grass products are completely safe and pet-friendly, so you shouldn’t have to worry.
Just remember, always ask to see photos of your chosen installer’s previous work, and ensure their product and workmanship come with a good guarantee.
Got any questions about the safety of artificial grass that I haven’t answered above? Just pop me a question in the comments – I’d love to hear from you!