No Grass No Problem: Get Artificial Turf For Your Dog
by Wade Black
If you live in an area that where you can't get grass to grow, and are tired of your dog coming in muddy or filthy dirty, don't worry. You can have artificial turf installed so your dog has a nice clean and safe area to play in, and your backyard will look beautiful. Artificial turf is a great option, as you don't have to do much to maintain it, it's easy to keep clean (simply spray it down with a garden hose), and it's safe for your pets. Even if you don't want to install artificial turf all over your yard, you can place it in just one portion of your yard such as in a dog run. See below for installation instructions.
Here's What You Need:
Artificial turf (enough to cover the space)
6" galvanized nails
Crushed stone aggregate
Start by clearing out the area where you want to install the artificial turf. You want to get rid of all vegetation to prevent weeds and grass from growing up and through your new artificial turf. You can clear out vegetation by spraying weed and grass killer, or rent a tiller to till up the vegetation.
Next, level out the ground using a tamper. Once the ground is level, begin shoveling crushed stone aggregate onto the ground. You want at least an inch of the crushed aggregate on the ground to work as a barrier. Again, be sure the ground is level after adding the aggregate.
Lay the weed barrier onto the crushed aggregate. Look for a weed barrier that helps keep weeds at bay for 15-20 years. You can find these weed barriers at your local hardware store or landscape supply store.
Roll out the artificial turf to the area. Make any necessary cuts using a utility knife.
Finally, attach the artificial turf to the weed barrier and the ground below using 6" galvanized nails. You want them placed at least every 4 - 6 inches around the perimeter and about 1" in from the edge. Add nails to the interior portion as well to help hold it in place.
Artificial turf is a great alternative to natural grass, as it's safe for pets, doesn't take a lot of maintenance and doesn't require watering (which can help with water conservation). Keep it clean after pet messes by using a cleaner such as Simple Green for outdoors. For more information, talk to a professional like Bourget Bros. Building Materials.