As fun and loving as pets are, our four-legged friends can often create dead spots throughout natural grass and, as a result, high maintenance and stress for pet owners. Not only will the grass always be greener, but it will also prevent unwanted insects, dirt and bacteria from entering the home.
Texas Elite Landscaping can show you how to use the proper pet turf system for either single pet or multiple use systems using our incredible pet turf products.
Here are a few basic concepts:
Why Does Pet Urine Smell?
Dog urine is a concoction of ammonia, bacteria, hormones, and uric acid. As the urine breaks down, the ammonia concentration increases and then mercaptans (extreme odors) are produced. This is the same chemical compound that gives skunks their ability to keep away predators. Uric acid contains crystals that are left behind even after the urine has dried. These crystals are reactivated anytime new moisture reaches the area, including humidity or after a heavy rainfall. A dog’s urine also acts as a scent marker designed to let other animals know this territory is taken. This potent combination gives dog urine its staying power long after the spot has dried and is the reason specialized dog urine cleaners are so indispensable.
It is very important to fully grasp the sub surface conditions below the area where your animal usually does their “business.” In order to have a successful pet installation, proper drainage is very important and necessary.
Consider these important factors:
These types of subgrade soils should be recognized prior to installing pet turf to allow the best drainage possible:
- Caliche -(ka-lee’-chee) is a sedimentary rock, a hardened natural cement of calcium carbonate that binds other materials—such as gravel, sand, clay, and silt.
- Rockbound– is bouldered, inflexible, hard, stone like
- Clay- is a type of heavy soil when becomes wet and hardens when it dries
- Loam– is soil composed of a mixture of sand, clay, silt, and organic matter.
- Sand– is a loose pale brown substance that you find at a beach or in the desert, formed from very small pieces of rock
- Silt-is sand, dirt, and very small rocks that are carried from one place to another by moving water
- Subsurface groundwater flow– is when the soils become saturated due to water intrusion.
How does it work?
GROUND PREPARATION FOR SINGLE OR MULTIPLE PET USE
If you have a pet turf installation dedicated to single or smaller animals, we recommend a clean drainage material which consists of a mixture of sand and aggregate (rock). This sub base material that is placed under your pet turf should allow good compaction and great permeability.
Place 2 inches of either decomposed granite, chat or a clean sand on top of the aggregate. This will serve as a sand cushion below the pet turf system. Compact this material with a plate compactor to prepare for the next process of the placement of the Drain Core.
When the sand cushion is compacted, the Drain Core is placed on top. The pet turf system is designed for multiple animals that use the area daily and utilizes a five step process to drastically curtail odor issues by focusing on aeration, drainage, neutralization and, of course, beauty.
After the installation of your pet turf system, we place a mixture of small Durafill and Zeolite Max into the fibers for ballast. This will also give your pet turf system the maximum protection for your pet. Durafill is the leader of infill products on the market today. It will not allow animal urine, blood and vomit to absorb in its granule. Durafill eliminates the adhering and absorbing of bacteria spores.
For maintaining and cleaning of your new pet-friendly lawn, we recommend Turf Fresh as needed. The more pets that use this area, the more you will want to keep the area clean and smelling good for years to come.
Your pet will love his newly placed pet turf system!
If we can answer any questions you may have about our pet turf systems, please call Chad at 214-298-7726 or email us today.
Source: Synthetic Grass Warehouse, Texas Elite Landsscaping’s supplier of synthetic grass products.