When deciding to use fake or real grass, you should consider the safety facts concerning your dog. Like all animals, they love to dig, chew and lay on the lawn. A dog will spend most of its time roaming the garden, rolling around and doing general doggie stuff! But before you go down the local B&Q and purchase a roll of fake grass, you should take these issues on board!
Is Fake Grass Right for Your Dog?
This all depends on what type of dog you own. If you have a dog that loves to dig, then fake grass might be the wrong option for you. If your dog loves to chew anything they find, then again you might have to go for a real lawn compared to using an artificial one. We have heard/seen many instances where dogs have ripped up and chewed/consumed fake grass. This can be extremely dangerous for your dog and can play havoc with their digestive system!
Good Points of Using Artificial Grass
If you have the right dog, then artificial grass can be the right decision to make. It’s easy to clean poop off the fake grass and urine tends to soak through, so you do not need to worry about your artificial lawn becoming damaged. It’s durable, but depending on the brand of fake grass, you are using some products last longer and are made inferior. This is due to the sheer volume of grass being sold to households across the UK.
Fake Grass Pros
- Easy to clean
- Safe to roll and run around on
- No more muddy paws
- No weeds, so no pesticides
- No more mowing the lawn
The Bad Points of Fake Grass (Dogs)
Yes, there is always a downside, and these points below will expose the dangers to your dog. We have a type of dog that loves to chew, dig and run around. We had fake grass installed, and within a few days, it was ripped up & chewed. The grass rolls were installed professionally, and pins were used to keep it down.
Fake Grass Cons
- Can become discoloured due to urine
- Fake grass gets hot in the sun!
- Your dog can rip up the rolls depending on size and playfulness of your pup
- If a dog eats a section of your grass, it can cause digestive issues
- After a few months of use, your fake grass can become smelly
Another point to make is that fake grass WILL become too hot to touch, especially in the heat of summer. Dogs will burn their paws because plastic and the materials used will hold heat! So, be sure to stop your pup going on the fake grass in the summer months due to this issue!
Deciding to Use Fake Grass!
Evaluating both points, we have decided to remove our fake grass because our dog would not stop digging it up! But it all depends on your dog’s temperament and playfulness. If you own a dog that loves to dig, then fake grass is not for you. If your dog sits around all day and does not get up to mischief, then you should have an artificial lawn installed.
Choosing the Best Artificial Grass
If you are going to use fake grass in your garden and you have a dog, then here are some pointers to choosing a sturdier brand.
- Use a shorter pile between 22mm-32mm, and this is because shorter piles are more durable
- Choose a denser pile because they are sturdier, primarily if your grass will be used often
- Use a drainage brand, these tend to be more expensive but will help with urine and odours
- Use a lighter colour to help with fading due to urine and faeces
There you have it! If you have still not made your mind up, then test your puppy. Buy a small section or even a sample section, peg it to the ground and see how your dog takes to it. If it destroys it then you have your answer. But, if it’s still there after a week or so, then you should think about using artificial grass!
I hope this helps. Good luck!