The jury is still out on the artificial grass idea for our dog yard design.
The upside is that you don’t have to mow, water or weed synthetic grass and they state that it won’t discolor (within the warranty period) from the sun and pet urine.
The downside is that artificial turf can heat up, which is tough on the dogs paws and even though there are artificial grass cleaning products claiming to sanitize the fake grass … well … it reminds us of the movie Envy … Where does the pee go?
Then there’s the issue of toxic landscaping materials, chemical controls and plants that can cause problems. Mulch is mostly soft on the paws but going to steer clear of cocoa mulch. Like the name says … it’s cocoa and it’s like feeding your dog chocolate which can make your pet very sick or very dead.
Seems that you would have to replace the mulch every year to keep it sanitary. Well, we would.
Or … maybe we should put down some smooth river rock and dog friendly grasses. We’ll see now won’t we?!