Artificial grass landscaping is becoming an increasingly popular landscaping choice for Dallas and Fort Worth pet owners because of the practicality and durability it offers. However, we’ve found that many pet owners considering installation are concerned that their lawns will begin to smell. While it’s technically possible for this to happen, following the proper installation and maintenance techniques will ensure that there’s nothing to be concerned about.
Install a Permeable Sub-Base & Only One Weed Membrane
You can set yourself up for odor-free success from the start by ensuring that your artificial grass is installed correctly. Whether you’re hiring a professional turf installer or doing it yourself, make sure that your turf is installed with a permeable sub-base. This will allow liquid to drain freely through your turf, moving it away from your property and ensuring that there’s no odor buildup from stagnant pet urine or other waste. We also recommend installing only one weed membrane layer before the sub-base installation and foregoing a second layer on top of the laying course. While great for preventing weeds, this second layer will potentially absorb your pet’s urine and cause odors to form over time.
Add Pet-Friendly TurFill Infill
One of the most effective ways to eliminate pet odors is by installing your turf lawn with a pet-friendly, odor-neutralizing infill. TurFresh’s proprietary TurFill infill completely neutralizes pet odors by breaking down the ammonia and proteins in urine, eliminating the smell at the source rather than simply masking it. If your turf was installed with any other type of infill, don’t worry — you can replace your infill at any time and make the switch to TurFill, or you can top up your existing infill with TurFill during your regular synthetic grass maintenance.
Rinse Your Lawn Regularly
One of the many practical benefits of artificial turf is that you don’t need to water it to keep it lush and green. However, occasionally rinsing your lawn is a beneficial step in your turf maintenance routine. Dust and debris can collect on your turf and between the blades, impeding drainage slightly. Dry spells can also cause urine to sit underneath your turf and begin to smell if it isn’t properly flushed away. Luckily, rinsing your turf only takes a couple of minutes and is a quick and easy way to prevent any odors. You can also finish off by applying a layer of TurFresh BioS+ turf disinfectant. Our non-toxic, hypoallergenic, and biodegradable artificial turf disinfectant works by breaking down the ammonia and proteins in pet urine to remove odors and stains rather than covering them up. The siphon sprayer makes it easy to apply around your lawn, and it’s safe for both kids and pets since it’s an entirely all-natural formula.
Use an Artificial Grass Maintenance Specialist
If you don’t have the spare time to dedicate to artificial grass maintenance, investing in a scheduled artificial grass maintenance service is a hassle-free way to have pristine landscaping year-round. TurFresh’s TurfClean turf maintenance service can be tailored to homes and businesses. Our comprehensive 10-point process includes removing weeds, cross-brushing the turf, topping up infill, restoring drainage and eliminating odors. Whether you need us once a week or twice a year, our detailed inspections and incredibly effective products will leave you with a sparkling clean and fresh artificial grass lawn every time.
To learn more about TurFresh’s artificial turf maintenance services or book your first TurfClean appointment, give us a call today at (855) 444-8873 or fill out our online contact form. If you want to try synthetic grass maintenance for yourself, you can visit our online store for a wide range of turf cleaning products that are specially created for artificial grass, including our famous and best-selling TurFresh BioS+ synthetic turf disinfectant.