Artificial Grass: A Win-Win for Humans and Dogs?

Synthetic grass lawn

 As any dog owner will attest, life with a dog is messy...and stressful. They shed, drool, track mud into the house, and have an unhealthy appetite for a variety of items. While the lovable mutts are an excellent addition to the family, keeping them healthy, safe, and clean can be a big chore.

Allowing ample outside exercise time is a critical aspect in ensuring a happy dog. While this activity should involve extended walks and/or free running outside the home area, the majority of dogs spend their regular outdoor time in their backyard. To this end, while natural lawns are excellent for providing space for fur babies to run, roll, and play, they also present a variety of hazards.

For one thing, natural lawns enhance the likelihood of fleas and ticks being attracted. Dangerous and potentially toxic plants can also grow in natural grass, and if a dog consumes them, major health effects can result.

On a more superficial level, urine burn can result in uneven stains that detract from the aesthetic appeal of a natural grass; not to mention the dirt that dogs invariably bring inside after playing outside. Additionally, if grass grows too long, there is a chance of accidentally missing a lurking 'number two'.

Fortunately, synthetic grass has come a long way since its introduction, with the latest varieties achieving the closest possible resemblance to natural grass. Due to the fact that artificial grass is spread on compact soil, it considerably minimizes the likelihood of harmful plants or insects sprouting or dwelling in it. This grass is extremely easy to maintain and does not retain any unpleasant odors. Companies such as SmartGrass even provide pet-friendly artificial grass alternatives, making the transition from natural to artificial grass simple for both owner and dog.