When considering dog grass for a commercial facility, many factors must be taken into consideration – the two most important being durability and drainage. Considering this will be a venue hosting hundreds of dogs every week, not just any grass or surfacing will do. Let’s take a look at the different options available to pet facilities:
Natural grass provides the aesthetic and curb appeal. Yes, a beautiful green lawn will impress customers, but maintaining that aesthetic requires a lot of effort and cost. One dog alone can kill natural grass; so, hundreds of dogs means natural grass has no chance of thriving. As a result, you will be adding sod or seeding on an annual basis. Plus, there is the mowing, weeding, fertilizing, pesticides, etc. Apart from the lawn maintenance, there is also added work to the care of the animals and the interior of your facility. Real grass requires dirt, which turns into mud with the addition of water. This mud covers the paws and legs of dogs and is tracked back inside. Basically, with the extensive amount of work and money required to maintain an outdoor space of real grass, it is not a feasible option for any facility.
Pea Gravel or Stone
Some facilities are turning to pea gravel or stone for their outdoor play areas. While this option is less maintenance than natural grass, it can come with some rather significant risks. Some dogs like to eat rocks, and if one of the dogs at your establishments suffers some medical issues from ingesting these rocks, you are liable for a lawsuit. In some extreme circumstances, dogs have had rocks embedded into their paws after playing on gravel or stone surfaces, which is another liability risk for your facility. Plus, this surface does not necessarily eliminate the problems with mud and dirt that are present with real grass.
Artificial Dog Grass
Artificial grass for dogs provides pet facilities with the beautiful look of a natural lawn without the maintenance and mud. Synthetic turf eliminates the need to mow, fertilize, irrigate or apply pesticides. Yet, the most appealing benefit is most likely the cleanliness. There will be no mud, puddles or dirt outside in the play yard or inside your facility.
It’s apparent that artificial dog grass is the best ground material for a dog area, which explains why so many facilities are already installing it. In fact, one owner of a boarding facility attributes artificial grass to the growth in his business.
The pet industry is one of the largest markets for artificial turf, and it is being installed in pet-related facilities everywhere, including:
- Dog parks
- Boarding facilities
- Vet clinics
- Military training facilities
- Animal shelters and humane societies
- Pet agility courses
- Pet-friendly restaurants & bars
- Dog runs
- Cat condos