As every pet owner experiences, what is consumed at the front of the pet usually comes out the back; some how, somewhere.
Defecation materials, spit and other biological “stuff” can be deposited by your pets on the area. Just like any surface around your site, synthetic grass and artificial turf lawns for dogs need some regular attention to keep it clean, fresh and safe for your family, friends and customers.
Solid materials should be removed regularly. Leaving solid material waste on the surfaces to break down will increase the amount of contaminate that saturates the turf system—remove solid wastes as soon and as regularly as possible.
Treat loose stool material with care by removing with gloves and spot treating with cleaners. Irrigate the area locally. Do NOT hose solid waste away—this just spreads the waste across a larger surface area.
In dry weather, it is okay to leave solids to harden prior to removing. During wet weather, remove immediately so the solids do not break down further.
Urine will be difficult to locate on the surfaces by sight. Assume that the animals are urinating and treat the entire surface when deodorizing and sanitizing. Most products require one gallon per 500 square feet to achieve the best coverage and saturation of liquids to do the job efficiently. You can use the sprinkler setting on any hose nozzle to drizzle water through the site, helping to drive the treatments down through the turf, infill, backing and base materials.
Volume of waste and use of the area plays a large part in how often you wish to groom the site. A single dog family with a mid to large size animal may need to sanitize the area weekly where a kennel or clinic may wish to do this daily. Sanitizing and deodorizing is critical to your long-term enjoyment and safe use of synthetic grasses and artificial turf.
For best results…
- Keep the site free of organic debris (leaves and such) solid wastes will be easier to see and clean up
- If your pet has an illness, you might want to consider spraying spots with a disinfectant
- During winter rains, irrigating the area isn’t needed; during summer sun and dryness, treat with full strength cleaners (except bleach) and irrigate the area weekly to wash the treatments deep into the system
- If you have turf pieces laid on concrete, wood or other hard surface materials, clean under the turf regularly!