15 Nov Why we install the best artificial grass for dogs
The odious truth about artificial grass for dogs
Why artificial grass for dogs, may really p** you off….
If you’re a dog owner, and planning to invest thousands of pounds on the mud free, mess free option of artificial grass for your dogs, beware, you may end up seriously p***ed off.
Artificial grass is growing fast in the UK. Sold as the perfect solution for dog owners, who are fed up with dirty paws and mopping floors.
Well yes, it’ll solve the paws on the floors issue, but in the spring you’re going to have a whole new problem. The stink of dog pee.
Sarah Clarke from Bedford had an artificial grass installation for her French Bulldog Mr George in 2015
‘ ….. 16 months on, it smells of actual sewers…. The stench is a shocker…. Mr George struggles to sniff out a suitable spot to do his business because the old pee stinks and he hates it… No amount of scrubbing or washing will get rid of the smell…. We need to arrange a quote for some Top Dog Turf!’
Gayle, the owner of 2 stunning French Bulldogs (it’s not just a Frenchie thing!) in Surrey, had her grass installed by a local company in May 2015, and despite repeated complaints to her installer, Top Dog Turf have been asked to step in with a deep enzyme clean, and refurb to help reduce the urine odours that are ruining her life.
”…It’s the smell of urine. In the summer it can get really stinky! I have 2 Frenchies that don’t stick to one spot and go anywhere! I’ve tried vinegar, bi carbon soda, bubblegum kennel wash! I’m starting to regret the whole artificial grass thing all together! Please help…’
Why The Whiff?
Think about it…
Artificial grass is just a plastic carpet with drainage holes, made and installed in a similar way to a carpet inside your home.
Imagine the carpet in your front room, being peed and pooped on several times a day for months, and all the nasties sitting in the fibres. No wonder it smells!
The urine has to find its way to the drainage holes, which are widely spaced, and so, the wee just stays in the base of the grass.
The nasty niff comes from naturally occurring bacteria and uric acid crystals (crystalized urine residue).
Uric acid crystals remain trapped in your grass, or under your grass carpet and release a strong ammonia-like odour as bacteria feeds on the urine, and the sand that most installers lay directly under the grass, is a bugger for holding onto uric acid.
Rain, washing or hosing the grass, rather than washing uric acid and bacteria away, can actually reactivate the odour, and during warm weather it can become impossible to enjoy sitting out in your garden if you have dogs.
Water, bleach and household detergents do not dissolve uric acid crystals, so won’t remove the smell, and grass deodorisers just mask it temporarily.
Even if you scoop that poop, as there is no soil, insects or beetles support the decomposition of solid waste, any small residual bits will just sit on or in your grass, growing bacteria
Poop which is the result of a preservative rich, cheap diet can hold its consistency and smell for months before it finally begins to break down. That’s the point of preservatives, to preserve things!
The Top Dog Turf Solution – Great artificial grass for dogs!
That’s not to be sniffed at!
At Top Dog Turf, we do not install cheap latex backed grass. It’s not the best artificial grass for you or your dog.
We fit a quality synthetic turf that has been designed for dogs, over a specialist filtration base that will remove the urine odour from your lawn.
Our fast draining grass allows urine and solid waste to be washed directly and quickly down through the artificial turf and into the odour reducing base, in a very similar way to real grass.
ZeoStop, a non toxic, volcanic mineral, that adsorbs ammonia gas, sits between the grass blades, and in the base of your Top Dog Turf lawn, thus removing most of the urine odour as it’s quickly rinsed by the rain or hose through your grass
Engineered to reduce odour and damage by dogs
1) The base
At Top Dog Turf, we never use sharp sand, we use very specific stone dusts and volcanic rocks, which do not hold odour.
The base for artificial grass is like that of a patio, or block paving, requiring tonnes and tonnes of aggregate, to provide a solid foundation. This is then usually topped with sharp sand and a weed membrane to create a level surface on which to lay the grass.
Sharp sand absorbs and holds urine odours. We never use sand in our installations.
2) No weed membrane!
That’s right! No weed membrane!
It’s standard practice to lay a geotextile weed membrane under the grass carpet, but these membranes really magnify the nasty niffs, by trapping the uric acid crystals and making it even more difficult to break them down.
3) The magical mineral underlay – ZeoStop Lite
At Top Dog Turf, when we create our artificial grass for dogs, we apply a layer of pure ZeoStop Lite dust over the specialist limestone dust before we lay the grass carpet.
ZeoStop is made from pure Zeolite, a natural, safe, odour reducing volcanic rock dust that absorbs ammonia, and removes the bacteria from urine.
4) The Grass – Time for the Top Dog Turf
We install a great artificial grass for dogs! Great quality, lead free grass, that’s guaranteed against digging, fading and urine staining for 10 years.
100% Polyethylene, rather than nylon, that will absorb moisture, and pong producing pet pee.
Top Dog Turf is amazingly realistic looking compact grass, that makes picking up solid waste easy, and soft enough to be played on by dogs and kids.
The grass has a pile of 32mm, so is long enough to add plenty of ZeoStop crystals, as an additional protection against odour and bacteria
5) ZeoStop infill
ZeoStop is a magical mineral that we add to the grass after installation, and work down into the base of the fibres with power brushes. It absorbs liquid, and it’s negatively charged ions stop ammonia being released as a gas and causing unpleasant smells
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