Artificial grass has undergone many improvements since its inception 50 years ago. Nowadays, it can withstand the high energy of active paws and feet, not to mention all sorts of weather, such as heat, drought and frost.
Artificial turf varies greatly in price and, as with most products, price is a reflection of quality. Generally, the more you pay the higher quality your grass will be.
Dogs (not to mention kids!) are born to run but their high energy play can damage your synthetic lawn. You need to choose pet turf varieties that will stand up to constant wear and tear, such as PetPro Turf Flo.
Consider paw traffic and usage
Are plenty of paws going to be walking or running over your pet turf on a daily basis or is your lawn going to be used infrequently? If your artificial grass is going to be consistently in use, then you need to choose a turf that is durable.
Cheap pet turf will shed, look fake and will not last very long. A poor quality artificial turf is generally reflective of cheap materials, such as poor backing construction, low quality and non-UV reflective yarns, low yarn weight or wide spacing between rows of yarn.
All these issues lead to poor quality and short usage lifespan of a product, which is OK in some cases. But if you are looking at your artificial lawn as a long-term investment, the last thing you want is a product that doesn’t give longevity.
Consider pile height, weight or density
Artificial pet turf is available in different thicknesses and heights. The ideal pile height tends to be between 35 – 45mm in height when choosing a synthetic lawn product.
A much longer blade length may feel softer and look better compared to shorter blades, but lawns with too long a pile will flatten out and look weathered over time. A shorter pile is less likely to bend and lie down and will look much healthier and fluffier over time.
Some synthetic turfs have higher yarn weight or density than others. The higher the yarn weight (density), the more yarn there is in the synthetic turf and the more durable it is.
Consider colour and characteristics
If you are choosing a lawn for children’s areas or for pet care, then it might be better to look for something that naturally deters allergens and pollens. Consider artificial lawns designed to be hypoallergenic.
Also, there are yarns that will reflect the UV radiation and, as such, will not heat up as much, giving a ‘cooler’ yarn surface.