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Artificial Grass

Today's Synthetic Grass: Landscaping That Dogs Love But Can't Hurt

Think of it: A lawn that feels so natural your favorite canine friends will love to play on, but can’t damage no matter how much they romp… or how often they need to answer Mother Nature’s call.

And how about if that same yard needed no water, none of the maintenance natural grass requires, and made it even easier for you to pick up after your dog?

Synthetic grasses can give you all of that.

Those are among the reasons that kennels, pet resorts and families across the country are increasingly opting for synthetic grass for their surroundings. The new generation of these lawns, such as NewGrass™ and others, is growing in popularity not only among homeowners, but with kennels, animal hospitals and other dog-friendly companies.

NewGrass™ has been installed in the tony Applewood Pet Resort and Boulder Falls Pet Resort in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Ariz. Applewood was so satisfied with the initial installation in its central outdoor area, the facility had NewGrass™ applied around its pet pool and play area, too.

Explaining the product’s growing popularity is easy:

  • Dogs dig it but can’t dig it up. Today’s synthetic grasses offer a soft look that feels just like real grass.

  • No dead spots, holes from digging or mud pots. Dogs can’t bite or dig through the product’s strong backing. (NewGrass™, for example, has a primary backing of two four-ounce layers of stabilized woven polypropylene; it’s secondary backing layer is 20-ounce polyurethane with drainage holes.) Also, dogs don’t want to gnaw through artificial grass because the odor simply doesn’t attract them that way.

  • Elimination of yellow stains. Dog waste won't affect the color of artificial grasses; the material is unaffected by the natural chemicals in dog waste that might otherwise ruin turf grass.

  • Easy clean up. Most excrement stays on top of the synthetic lawn’s blades, making it easy to scoop up. The rest is simply removed with a garden or power hose.

  • Eliminates bacteria and diseases. The blades and infill materials of today’s artificial grasses prevent the growth of bacteria, fungi and viruses.

  • Stifles fleas, ticks and other pests. Inorganic grass blades, like the polyethylene or polyethylene/nylon combination used in NewGrass™, don’t appeal to typical garden – and dog – pests.

  • Outside walks and indoor entries stay clean. Artificial lawns solve the problems caused by muddy paws and dirty pet coats. Plus, they remove standing water or muddy messes after a rain.

  • Disagreeable aromas are eliminated. Artificial lawns get rid of the old and nasty combination of grass, dust, dirt, dog coats and waste; urine will drain right through a properly manufactured and installed synthetic lawn.

  • Year-round party time for your dog. Your dog has a lawn to enjoy any time of the year, in any weather.

Of course, it’s still wise to tidy up after your dog. That will maintain your artificial lawn’ fresh look and keep your yard clean. But that’s a lot easier do with a synthetic yard:

  1. At least once a week, scoop up excrement off of the top of the lawn.

  2. Then, just hose down the area, to be sure all of the waste drains through the grass and its backing.

  3. Twice a month or so, clean the area with a mild detergent and then rinse it.

NewGrass™ is the registered trademark for one in the new generation of artificial grasses. It is primarily used as a no-watering, maintenance-free, natural-looking alternative to natural grasses in home and commercial landscaping.


Why an increasing number of homeowners and pet businesses are opting to install artificial lawns. There are more practical reasons than the average homeowner or commercial property owner might think.