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artificial grass?

thinking about putting artificial grass in my back yard and was wondering if anyone here has done it and if so what did you use and would y'all have any recommendations? Thanks
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I looked into it a few years ago but never installed as I figured the dogs will have a go at it sooner or later and tear it up. They do have a sturdier pet friendly variety so definitely ask for that. You still have to water/wash it!
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It's a process. To have it professionally installed it would cost me over $10,000.00

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I had it for a while on my side yard next to the driveway. Didn't really work out - hard to keep it clean and it wrinkled from the dogs and the wind (yes it was tacked down.)

I only used it because Luther was a digger, tore out the entire lawn there in an afternoon. Quick solution didn't last long, 2 or 3 years before I threw it out and replaced it with bluestone. Bluestone's easy to keep clean and it helps keep the dirt out of the house - it falls off on the patio.

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I wouldn't put it in a backyard.

For it to be safe, you need to have a layer of insulation or padding under the grass. There's a dog park in a nearby neighborhood that has artificial grass just tacked on over plain concrete and it is absolutely not safe for the dogs (or for the people who have the misfortune of slipping and falling on it). They can't get traction and I'm sure it is not good for their joints to be jumping on that, because there's no cushioning for the impact.

Many trial facilities, especially agility venues, have properly installed artificial grass over a layer of matting or plastic granules to absorb impact. That seems to work much better. However, keeping it clean is very important -- dogs are strongly discouraged from urinating on the surface (and some facilities will charge you $5 per potty mistake to cover the cost of cleaning and eventual replacement) and you can't eat or drink on the turf because if something spills and soaks through the grass layer, it's never coming out.

I can't see how you would keep the turf clean in a backyard (all the agility venues I've ever seen with it have been indoors) and I think it would be pretty expensive to install.

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We looked at it too, very spendy and there is some concerns about safety in regards to chemical exposure. There are on going studies about it, but don't know what the risks are at this point for sure.
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Artificial grass and turf are two different things. The grass I'm talking about has drainage and comes in different lengths to choose from. Are we all talking about the same thing? There is a pretty decent guarantee with what I looked at. Not many places carry it.

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I don't know if the concerns are just cautionary or being founded, lots of articles, difficult to find one with just the facts. This ones fairly straight up Synthetic Turf: Health DebateTakes Root

I read some information saying it destroys the microbes in the soil as well, making it hard to break down urine, feces etc... Even when rinsing it down, there maybe other steps necessary in keeping it odor free with dogs using it. Could all be unnecessary worry, but combined with cost, we decided to stay with turf.
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Artificial grass and turf are two different things. The grass I'm talking about has drainage and comes in different lengths to choose from. Are we all talking about the same thing? There is a pretty decent guarantee with what I looked at. Not many places carry it.
Probably not the same as what I had - astroturf. For the same cost, I could have used indoor outdoor carpet. Way cheaper to reseed the lawn every year and cross my fingers LOL. That's on my list, after the pest control guy comes to treat my garage for termites AGAIN

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Thanks for all the help gave me a lot to think about
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