When it is installed indoors over concrete, Trotter puts in a system that raises the grass off the floor and allows it to drain.
K9 grass also is unique because it does not require infill, according to Trotter.
“Most artificial grasses, 99.9 percent of them, require a crumb rubber or sand infill that goes on top of the grass and gets groomed down into the blades to help hold the blades up. The infill will absorb liquid waste and creates an environment that will cause bacteria to grow and that will hold odors,” says Trotter. “To prevent that, we created a dense bladed grass that doesn’t require infill for support and allows for immediate drainage which eliminates those problems.”
The drainage properties combined with the antimicrobial agent built into the grass keeps the grass clean and safe, according to Trotter.
The grass also is very durable. While constant use by dogs can kill real grass and leave bald areas and holes in the yard, K9 grass is durable enough to withstand the digging and chewing that destroys real grass. The manufacturer of the grass is so confident of its performance and durability that it offers an eight-year warranty on the product.
The product isn’t just for dogs. It works just as well for other animals, says Trotter. Some zoos use it.
“It works well anywhere you need a drainable, clean and safe environment for pets,” says Trotter. “For home owners, it not only provides your pet a safe, clean environment, it helps keep your house free from muddy paw prints and debris pets bring in from the yard.”
Because of the sanitary issues the grass addresses, Fitzpatrick of Armadale Farm Kennel thinks that, it will be something that kennels will someday be required to have.
“The kennels have to be inspected by the Department of Agriculture and the inspector loved it. He even brought his boss back to see it,” says the kennel owner.
Jane Earnest, executive director of the Humane Society of Catawba County, says the grass will be a definite asset for the new shelter.
“It is perfect, you don’t need to mow it, it is easily washed off, and it is nice and neat for that area of the new shelter.”
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