Frequently Asked Questions About Synthetic Grass for Dogs

We want to help you make the best, most educated decision when it comes to choosing the right artificial grass for dogs for your home or business. Below are some of our most frequently asked questions. If you don’t see your question listed, don’t hesitate to contact the K9Grass® team for help!

What is the best fake grass for dogs?

K9Grass by ForeverLawn is widely considered the best fake grass for dogs. It is designed to mitigate odors and provide a sanitary environment. A knitted backing for maximum drainage is a must when it comes to surfacing for dogs. K9Grass synthetic turf features a premium Flow-Through Backing™ designed for 100% edge-to-edge drainage that allows water and liquid waste to drain efficiently from the turf.

The best fake grass for dogs should also provide:

  • Antimicrobial protection for a cleaner, better smelling environment.
  • A shorter pile height to make solid waste removal easier.
  • Lasting durability with a warranty that protects against fading and excessive wear for up to 10 years, like the ForeverLawn Closed Loop Warranty System.
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What are the benefits of K9Grass synthetic turf?

K9Grass® synthetic turf is:

  • Drainable - Our Flow-Through Backing™ provides 100% edge-to-edge drainage that efficiently drains water and liquid waste out of the turf to help maintain a clean, odor-free surface.
  • Natural-Looking - Unlike concrete or gravel, artificial grass provides a lush, green, natural look for dog facilities and backyards.
  • Safe - All materials used in the making of K9Grass synthetic turf are non-toxic to humans and animals.
  • Clean - A feature that K9Grass synthetic turf has that is missing from many other turf products on the market is AlphaSan® antimicrobial technology built right into the blades to help foster a cleaner surface.
  • Comfortable - K9Grass synthetic turf is soft and lush like natural grass, and provides a cushioned surface that’s easy on dogs’ joints.
  • Low-Maintenance - Unlike natural grass, K9Grass synthetic turf is easy to maintain, and doesn’t require any mowing, reseeding, weeding, edging, or fertilizing. To keep your turf clean, you just need to remove solid waste, brush away debris, and rinse occasionally with water.

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Why choose a dog-specific artificial grass product?

Artificial grass is a smart surfacing solution for dogs that offers many benefits over natural grass and other surfaces such as concrete, asphalt, gravel, brick, or stone. Selecting a turf product like K9Grass that’s designed specifically for dogs will offer you and your dogs so many advantages over standard turf.

K9Grass synthetic turf provides:

  • Increased cleanliness and durability
  • Efficient, 100% edge-to-edge drainage
  • Antimicrobial protection
  • and more!

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Is it better to use antimicrobial or odor blocking infill or no infill at all?

Three reasons not to use infill in artificial grass for dogs:

  1. It slows drainage of water and liquid waste.
  2. It has the potential to harbor waste and bacteria.
  3. It makes it impossible to clean and fully remove odors and bacteria from the grass.

Having infill in artificial grass for dogs is essentially like having a litter box you can’t change.

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Does K9Grass synthetic turf use infill?

K9Grass synthetic turf has an infill-free design intended to eliminate the potential for locking in bad odors and bacteria. Our dense blade structure and installation practices eliminate the need for infill.

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Which type of artificial grass backing is best for dogs?

The best fake grass for dogs should have a knitted backing for maximum drainage. K9Grass synthetic turf features a premium knitted, Flow-Through Backing™ designed for 100% edge-to-edge drainage.

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Is fake grass safe for dogs?

Yes, most brands of artificial turf are safe for dogs. K9Grass® synthetic turf by ForeverLawn is completely safe and non-toxic to humans and animals. Plus, all ForeverLawn products are manufactured in the USA, ensuring that materials and manufacturing processes meet high standards.

In addition, the no-infill design of K9Grass synthetic turf prevents dogs from digging up and chewing on bits of rubber, which can cause digestive upset or choking.

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Where can K9Grass synthetic turf be used?

Synthetic grass surfacing for dog-friendly facilities and residences should be designed and constructed to provide a safe, nontoxic, clean, and comfortable environment for dogs, and K9Grass synthetic turf does just that.

Our dog-friendly turf can be installed almost anywhere you want a natural look and durable surface for dogs. Below are the most common places where we’ve installed K9Grass synthetic turf.

  • Residential Properties
  • Apartment Complexes
  • Veterinary Facilities
  • Commercial Pet Facilities and Shelters
  • Dog Parks and Dog Runs
  • Airport Pet Relief Areas

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What happens when a dog urinates on artificial grass?

Most types of artificial grass are designed with four to six holes per square foot to be able to drain out water and liquid waste. However, few brands of artificial turf are designed with edge-to-edge drainage that allows water and liquid waste to drain from 100% of the surface like K9Grass synthetic turf. 100% edge-to-edge drainage is a critical component of artificial grass for dogs in order to prevent odors and unclean conditions.

Professional installation will ensure that once the liquid passes through the turf, it continues to drain and evacuate.

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Does artificial grass burn dogs’ paws?

Artificial grass does not stay as cool as natural grass, which has water running through it, but does not absorb and radiate heat like pavement, rock, or brick. If you are concerned about your dogs’ paws getting too hot, we recommend making sure there’s a shaded area for them to retreat to.

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How do you clean artificial grass for dogs?

Artificial grass for dogs that’s made the right way is a low-maintenance, easy-to-clean alternative to natural grass when you choose the right solution. Artificial grass products not specifically designed for use with dogs often end up increasing maintenance requirements, which is something you want to avoid.

When it comes to K9Grass synthetic turf, it’s a product designed specifically for dogs, and therefore is designed to cut down on maintenance and make life easier for pet parents and pet facility owners. Solid waste should be removed regularly, and an occasional rinse with water and spraying of a bacterial enzyme will help wash away and control any residual odors.

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How long does artificial grass for dogs last?

We have found that artificial grass for dogs lasts roughly 10 to 15 years. The warranty for K9Grass by ForeverLawn is 15 years and covers fade and excessive wear. ForeverLawn offers the most advanced 10-year warranty and superior warranty tracking system, the ForeverLawn Closed Loop Warranty System (CLWS). The CLWS connects the home or facility owner directly with the warranty provider in the event of a claim.

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Is there a portable alternative to K9Grass synthetic turf?

Yes, we are proud to offer K9Grass Mats, which offer all the benefits of K9Grass synthetic turf in a portable, easy-to-clean mat that’s great for use in kennels, crates, and carriers, as well as for use as replacement grass in dog potties.

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Can dogs dig holes in K9Grass synthetic turf?

K9Grass synthetic turf is designed to inhibit dogs from digging through it.

Blades that can be pulled on one end and completely removed by a curious dog can be a choking hazard, and could end up provoking dogs to keep digging. It is ideal to have the blades interwoven with fibers to create the backing like we’ve done with K9Grass. When in doubt about product design quality, we advise that you request a sample and test it.

How does the drainage rate of K9Grass synthetic turf compare to the industry standard dog-friendly turf?

The knitted, Flow-Through Backing™ provides 100% edge-to-edge drainage at rates in excess of 1,500 inches per hour up to 3,000 inches per hour, which is about 100 times faster than standard synthetic grass.

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Can you install artificial grass for dogs indoors?

Yes! Our patented K9Grass Flushing System was designed to make indoor turf installations possible for pet facilities. The system moves water and/or cleaning solution across the sloped floor beneath the synthetic grass, which dilutes, rinses, and directs urine to the drain. It is designed to flush the floor periodically, without wetting the surface of the grass.

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How is synthetic grass for dogs installed?

When it comes to turf, it’s not just about how it looks. If you take a premium product and install it poorly, it won’t perform like a premium product. Our time-tested installation methods are part of what makes us stand above the rest.

Our experienced K9Grass technicians understand that dogs are curious and like to pick at things. That is why we install a perimeter board as part of the base around the area to which the turf is anchored. The grass is secured to the plastic board using stainless steel staples, plastic components, or specially crafted aluminum carpet strips, all of which hold up against urine.

We offer a variety of installation methods to suit your application. Click “Learn More” to see each of those different methods.

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Does artificial grass for dogs smell?

Artificial grass for dogs often becomes smelly over time if it’s not designed and installed properly. That is why K9Grass by ForeverLawn is your ideal synthetic grass of choice. We have carefully designed and engineered our products with the unique needs and challenges that dogs present in mind.

So, does artificial grass for dogs smell? Not if it’s K9Grass! Our product consists of three major components that assist in maintaining a fresh and clean environment with no foul odors.

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How do I protect my yard from dog urine?

Dog urine can wreak havoc on a natural grass lawn. With high levels of nitrogen, it’s important to water down recently urinated spots to dilute the grass-burning elements. Fortunately, synthetic grass designed specifically for dogs provides a better alternative for protecting your yard against dog urine. K9Grass® by ForeverLawn® won’t fade or discolor from frequent pet elimination, and the AlphaSan® antimicrobial technology infused into the blades helps mitigate unwanted microbes in urine and feces.

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What is underneath artificial grass for dogs?

Artificial grass for dogs needs to drain quickly to serve your pet well in all weather conditions. The drainability of the product is only as good as the backing and the base that it is installed over. Whether it is an aggregate (gravel) base, grid system, or structural grate, the base underneath the artificial grass for dogs must be designed to allow the rapid movement of water. The base chosen for your installation depends largely on the existing surface and your specific application.

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Is artificial grass for dogs worth it?

Artificial grass for dogs is worth it if you choose the right brand. K9Grass by ForeverLawn is the product of years of research and testing, and is completely catered to the needs of dogs and the people who care for them. K9Grass synthetic turf is worth the investment, whether you are considering it for your home or your pet care business. The significant upfront cost to install K9Grass comes with a value that keeps giving back over the course of the product’s lifetime.

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What ground cover is the most tolerant of dog urine?

Dog urine can wreak havoc on a natural grass lawn, as well as on other surfaces commonly used with dogs.

Synthetic grass designed specifically for dogs is the ground cover most tolerant of dog urine. With K9Grass by ForeverLawn, you can look forward to a green, clean, and odor-free surface all year long. Our artificial grass for dogs resists fading, discoloration, degradation, and microbial growth.

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Do dogs chew artificial grass?

Dogs are ornery and like to chew/consume all kinds of materials they have access to. This should always be considered when providing surfacing for dogs (mulch, gravel, natural grass, artificial grass, etc.). There are two main components to consider regarding the safety of artificial grass:

  1. The construction of the turf product.
  2. The way the turf is installed.

When it comes to K9Grass by ForeverLawn, our products are designed and engineered to be a safer surfacing alternative specifically for dogs.

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How do you pick up poop off of artificial grass?

Picking up poop off of K9Grass synthetic turf is easy! Simply pick up the solid waste how you normally would — with a poop bag or pooper scooper. If it’s messy and residue is left behind, rinse with water and a bacterial enzyme product that will help break down any residual waste.

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