A dog running on Surface America's Doggy Turf

Is It Time to Consider Artificial Pet Turf for Your Park or Facility?

According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, pet ownership began to steadily increase around 2016 and spiked in 2020 during the height of the COVID pandemic.

In recent years, the pet ownership rate has stabilized but spending has increased for those who own pets.

The most popular pets continue to be dogs, and there’s no doubt that most dog owners, doggie daycares, and boarding facilities are more committed than ever to keeping their furry friends safe, comfortable, and happy.

One newer way that caregivers are loving on their four-legged Fidos is by installing pet turf in their play and boarding facility.

What Is Pet Turf?

Pet turf is similar to artificial turf that is used in playgrounds and sports fields. It’s a manufactured surface consisting of fibers and other materials that offers a smart alternative to natural grass for pet applications like daycares, kennels, and dog parks.

Surface America’s pet product, DoggyTurf, is a porous system that includes natural-looking synthetic turf made of polyethylene monofilament fiber and textured polypropylene thatch tufted into the backing with a 1.25” fiber height.

Also featured in the system is a rubber basemat for the cushion and optional antimicrobial infill known as Envirofill.

The Top 7 Benefits of Pet Turf

There are a number of benefits that pet turf offers over natural grass. Let’s take a look at the top 7 benefits:

#1 – Cleaner than Natural Grass
Pet turf is significantly cleaner than natural grass. Dogs’ paws won’t be covered in dirt, dust, pollen, or mud after play or bathroom time – so there’s less need to bathe the dogs after they’ve been outside.

There’s also less need to clean up inside areas that often get dirty after a dog is playing or going potty outside and brings the mess inside with them afterwards.

#2 – Safety
Because pet turf is easy to clean, harmful bacteria and other pests like fleas and ticks can be prevented. When it comes to safe installation, our DoggyTurf product must be installed over compacted aggregate, concrete, or asphalt.

#3 – Low Maintenance
Unlike grass, turf never needs to be mowed or edged. It’s a very low maintenance product that is weatherproof and can be enjoyed year-round.

#4 – Odor Reducing
Surface America’s DoggyTurf surfacing system reduces urine odors by 99% when using the Envirofill infill product. It continuously helps prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew that can cause odors and stains. Envirofill is made of naturally occurring sand that resists compression and also promotes better drainage.

#5 – Aesthetics
Pet turf has a very natural look similar to natural grass. In many cases it’s hard to tell the difference between the two. Besides the turf looking great, it also offers a comfortable, natural-feeling surface for the dogs – making it easy for them to run, play, nap, or go to the bathroom.

#6 – Eco-Friendly
Turf doesn’t require any harmful chemical treatments like pesticides, weed killer, or lawn fertilizer, which can be extremely dangerous to dogs. And any required cleaning is environmentally friendly; just use some mild soap and water to remove messes.

#7 – Durable
Most pet turfs are designed for high-wear applications. DoggyTurf stands up to the repeat punishment of claws, rough doggy play, and other heavy uses – making it very durable and long-lasting.

More About DoggyTurf

Surface America’s DoggyTurf product comes in a standard Field Green color with a forest/olive colored thatch.

The basemat is U.S. sourced from 100% post-consumer recycled SBR (Styrene Butadiene Rubber) and polyurethane, and all materials in DoggyTurf are made and assembled in the U.S.A.

The porous system is available in 15’ wide turf rolls with custom lengths, and primarily installed for outdoor use over a concrete, asphalt, or crushed stone base.

Ready to Learn More or Get a Quote?

To learn more about how DoggyTurf can benefit your facility, download our specs or contact our team today. You can also request a quote online anytime.

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