24 May 2021
5 Ways Artificial Grass Is Safer For Your Pets
It’s natural to want to provide a healthy and beneficial environment for your pets. They’re not just your responsibility; they’re your family, so it makes sense that you want to protect them from danger. Unfortunately, many people are unaware of the numerous risks natural grass can pose to pets. If you want a safer alternative, there’s a solution: specially designed pet turf is safe for your four-legged loved ones. Read on to learn how artificial grass for dogs and cats can keep them safer than a natural lawn.
Synthetic turf for your backyard, patio, or balcony is designed to stay green, lush, and lively all year long despite external weather or wind conditions independent of the sun, water, toxic chemicals. This means there is no need to introduce fertilizers, herbicides, or pesticides to your lawn that could harm your pets.
Fertilizer in natural grass presents a severe threat to animals. Dogs may unknowingly ingest fertilizer in your lawn which typically includes iron, phosphorus, and nitrogen. The damage of a pet consuming large amounts of fertilizer can range from ulcers, oral burns, or even burns on the skin. With artificial pet turf, pet owners can have a pristine green lawn without the need for fertilizer.
Fleas, Ticks, and Unwanted Insects
Fleas and other unwanted pests can infest cool, moist, and dark areas of lawns. Fleas and ticks are more than just an annoyance to pets and their owners. They can cause a wide variety of illnesses, including Lyme disease, Relapsing fever, Tularemia, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and tick paralysis.
Artificial grass for dogs and cats won’t completely eliminate the risk of these hazardous pests, but it can significantly reduce the potential for infestation in your lawn. Because there is no topsoil used in pet turf installations and the blades of grass are synthetic, these insects cannot nest or survive.
Because natural grass needs water, moisture is usually trapped within the grass, which can harbor bacteria and cause the growth mold and mildew. Microbial bacteria are essential to lawn health for natural grass, but an imbalance of these bacteria can be detrimental to pet health. Aspergillosis is a mold commonly found in grass clippings that can accelerate health problems to already sick or ailing pets.
At Echoing Green, our artificial turf for pets promotes superior drainage, so water does not linger in the grass. Highly effective drainage and high-quality infill with antimicrobial properties prevents bacteria from taking hold of lawns and mold from growing so you can be confident in your pet’s safety.
No Poisonous Weeds
Common wild plants that can hurt your dog include milkweed, black walnut, mayapple, oak acorns, tansy, horse chestnut, death camas, and hickory nuts.
Professionally installed artificial grass will include a weed barrier to prevent the intrusion of weeds into your pristine lawn even if adjacent natural grass is infested. The lack of weeds in pet turf protects your dogs and cats from plants and flowers that can be harmful if inadvertently swallowed.
Most often, organic materials like shredded tree bark, compost, decaying matter, or cocoa mulch. Any of these can be harmful to your pets if eaten. But cocoa mulch can be especially dangerous to dogs. It often smells faintly of chocolate which may tempt your dog to eat the mulch, but if consumed in large quantities, a dog may experience chocolate poisoning.
Artificial grass for dogs is not installed using mulch. Pet turf is installed using infill, typically acrylic-coated sand, which won’t pose any significant hazard to pets.
If you want to ensure your lawn or balcony caters to the health and well-being of your pet, contact the professionals at Echoing Green for premium artificial turf and installation.