K9 Grass: What Is It and Why Is It Beneficial to Use?
If you have a dog or are a multiple dog family, you probably already know that one of the challenges of keeping your house and backyard clean is the amount of mud and dirt that gets tracked in. There is an alternative to natural grass for pets, and it is called K9 Grass. Basically K9 Grass is an artificial grass for dogs. I'm going to go over in detail all that you will need to know to decide if K9 Grass is for you. Also, I'll discuss where you can buy K9 Grass, how to maintain it, how to install it, the durability, and the pros and cons of this type of artificial grass.
What is K9 Grass?
K9 grass is artificial grass for dogs. K9 grass is also called pet turf, or dog turf. The purpose of this "fake grass for dogs" is to give you a cleaner, safer, better smelling environment for your dogs. K9 grass looks very similar to live grass, and has the same feeling as regular grass. A nice feature about K9 grass is that muddy paws cannot ruin it. A lot of shelters, dog parks, dog day cares, and other pet facilities use this type of artificial turf for dogs. However, anyone who wants a cleaner backyard can use it as well.
Where Can I Buy K9 Grass?
K9 grass is actually very popular, despite its unusual and interesting name. Therefore, this artificial grass for pets can be found almost anywhere. Amazon is one very popular site to sell K9 grass. On Amazon, you will have the option of buying K9 grass in a large roll, or as small square tiles. Another common place to find K9 grass is Walmart. Target and Home Depot sell it too. Besides these common, well known stores, you can also shop online on K9 grass websites. K9grass.com is one such site. They will help you find K9 grass dealers near you that will sell and install K9 grass. Another great place to check out is foreverlawn.com, which is actually part of the website K9grass.
K9 Grass Maintenance
K9 grass requires little maintenance, and can be easier to maintain than grass. For one, you do not have to mow the grass every week. Another benefit of K9 grass is that you will not have to water it. Instead, you can enjoy the Summer watching your lawn stay green. With that being said, K9 grass does require some maintenance. Here are some ways to help preserve your synthetic grass for dogs:
Remove Pet Waste from the Grass
Just as you would do with natural grass, every once in a while remove the solid waste from your pets. Liquid waste can be washed away with a hose. Although it may seem like pet waste will damage the K9 grass, this is not true. K9 grass is very similar to natural grass, and is just as easy to clean. Also, if installed correctly, K9 grass will have good drainage which allows you to spray your entire yard with water to wash away any stains. So although K9 grass may seem more like a carpet than grass, it is actually just as easy to clean as natural grass, if not easier.
Remove Spills as Needed
If you happen to spill drink on the K9 grass, or spill anything that could stain the grass, make sure you remove it immediately. Wash the area with water and mild detergent, and perhaps scrub the area with a brush. Almost any stain can be removed from K9 grass as long as it is cleaned up immediately. Even if you spill paint, you should be able to clean it up. Do note that if your K9 grass came with a warranty or liability, using harsh chemicals to clean the grass may limit the liability claim.
Keep Sparks, Flames, and Heat Away from the Grass
Make sure to keep sparks, flames, and heat away from your K9 grass, as it may cause your grass to melt. For example, do not install a fire pit on the grass, and don't have a grill be directly on the grass. Also, don't use flames around the grass, such as fireworks.
Watch for Loose Edges
If an edge comes loose, it can easily be reattached with a staple gun. Simply staple it back onto the nailer board (if that is what you used when installing). It is important to keep an eye out on your K9 grass, as repairs should be done as soon as a problem is spotted.
Keep Vehicles off the Grass
Not only can the grass bend under the pressure of a vehicle, but the sharp edges may ruin your vehicle. Also make sure to avoid using a lawn mower on the grass. If you have natural grass growing near the artificial turf for pets, use extreme caution.
Remove Dirt and Debris
Use a leaf blower, vacuum, or power broom to remove dirt and debris from your turf grass for dogs. This should be done regularly. Another maintenance tip is to groom your grass with a rake or power broom every once in a while. This will keep your lawn looking fresh. Make sure to pull the rake/broom against the lay of the K9 grass, so that it lifts the blades.
Clean the Surface
You should regularly wash your K9 grass by spraying it with a hose, or even washing it with mild detergent.
Professional Installation vs. DIY Installation
I've already gone over where to buy K9 grass, so now it is time to go over the difference between DIY installation and professional installation. Although it may seem the same since both are installing the same grass, there is a difference. I'll go over those differences here.
Having a professional install your K9 grass can be beneficial, especially if you are new to K9 grass. Professional K9 grass installers will do the job correctly in a quick amount of time. Unlike installing it by yourself which may take a week or two, a professional can have it done in two days. Expect a few professionals to come, as the more people there are, the quicker the installation will go. A con to professional installation is that it will cost money. Professionals will most likely charge you dump or delivery costs. It will probably cost a lot more than if you do it yourself, but it may be worth the money. Because professionals install it correctly, you won't have to worry about having to spend money later on fixing or re-installing the K9 grass. Another benefit to hiring a professional to install the grass for you is that it may last a lot longer. People who try installing it themselves may accidentally snag the K9 grass, or install it over bumps. Not only would such mistakes cause your lawn to not look as nice, but it may also lead to permanent damage. Therefore, hiring a professional may be well worth your money.
Do It Yourself Installation
For those who love doing things themselves, they will most likely love installing their own K9 grass. And there are a few benefits. One benefit is that you won't have to pay a professional extra fees, such as fees for dumping and delivering. Instead, you use your money to buy all the supplies you'll need. Another benefit to installing it yourself is that it is a great experience, and you will learn a lot. The downside to installing K9 grass yourself is that it can take a long time to install. Since you most likely have other chores to do at your house, it may take a week or two to complete this project. Another con is that if you install it improperly, it can shorten the K9 grass lifespan. If you install it improperly, you will need to spend money fixing it, whereas you could spend your money now to pay a professional to install it correctly.
Average Cost to Install
The K9 grass cost will vary, depending on if you decide to install it yourself or not. The average cost for K9 grass is $8 to $14 per square foot. This may vary too, depending on if you buy a role of artificial grass or tile shaped grass. Now it is time to go over the costs that a professional may charge you. Here is the estimated cost:
- Dump Fee: $200
- Delivery Fee: $150
- Fueling Fee: $150
- Labor: $3 per square foot
With those costs, you will soon be paying a lot of money for hiring a professional. But installing it yourself may end up being a lot cheaper, if you install it correctly. Here are a list of some tools you will need. Remember that the price of them will vary. Also, you may already have some of these tools, so the price may not be as high.
- Tape Measure - $1 to $10
- Shovel - $10 to $200
- Tamping Bar - $20 to $40
- Gloves - $5 to $20, depending on the quality
- Utility Knife - $5 to $20
- Turf Infill - $30
- Turf Nails - $30 for 100 nails
- Seam Tape - $2
- Turf Glue - $50 for a bucket of glue
- Turf Grass - About $3 per square foot
K9 grass is considered the most durable of all synthetic grass. It should last for about 10 to 15 years, depending on how much wear and tear it gets. In order for it to last a long time, you should keep it clean and quickly repair any loose edges. Follow all maintenance tips, including the ones I've given, and make sure to keep any hot items away from the grass. Also, if you are installing the K9 grass, make sure you don't install it wrong. Installing it wrong can lead to a shorter grass lifespan, so be really careful.
Pros and Cons
As with all products, K9 grass has its pros and cons. I'll go over the pros and cons here.
- Creates a clean environment for dogs.
- No more muddy paw stains on your lawn.
- K9 grass saves you money, since you don't need to spend money on sprinkler systems, lawn mowers, and sprinkler repairs.
- No weeds will grow on your artificial lawn.
- Easy maintenance.
- Safer option for dogs and young children, since they won't get hurt on uneven ground and patches of dirt.
- Your dog cannot dig up your yard, so you won't have to deal with holes.
- The price to install it can be expensive.
- Improper installation can result in a shorter lifespan for your K9 grass.
- K9 grass may absorb heat, and therefore hurt your dog's paws.
- Once you install K9 grass, you will probably have to always live with that grass. If you remove it, natural grass probably won't grow back.
- Some people wonder if K9 grass is made from healthy materials. Some people think it may contain harmful chemicals, but this may not be true.
- Grass will melt if a hot item is on/near it, such as a grill.
I hope that I've helped you to understand more about K9 Grass. At this point you probably already are deciding if this will work well for you or not. If possible visit someone with K9 Grass and ask them questions. It is rather expensive, much so more than natural grass, but for some families it will be well worth the expense.