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Artificial grass for dog run

We built a fenced in dog run for Lulu, this is a pic from last summer:



see all that lovely grass? Well, it's all gone and just dirt or MUD when it's wet now! Between her tramping around down there and peeing, and the ice and snow all mixed together the grass is completely gone! We are looking at putting in artificial grass this coming summer, here is one site I was looking at:

http://www.progreen.com/dogrun.htm

but VERY expensive, would cost us over $800 and that's if we install it ourselves. We were considering gravel as well. Any ideas on art. grass vs. gravel, what sort of gravel as well as does anyone know of any less expensive artifical grass options? I know home depot sells some for a bit less but still 500+ for that small area!

I would love to hear all of your ideas, expertise, experience, etc Thanks! My carpets appreciate it! LOL

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Re: Artificial grass for dog run

one time growing up my friends farm kept flooding so, they had a layer of just dirt put down, then sand and lastly, gravel.
Dont know how effective it was but I would probably put down sand before gravel anyways.

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Re: Artificial grass for dog run

I guess if you dont mind cleaning artificial grass every so often.

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Re: Artificial grass for dog run

I've been considering something like this as well so will be interested to see what replies you get.

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Re: Artificial grass for dog run

Well, I talked to the guy today, he said it's just fine for "peeing" goes right through like normal grass and Lou is on Raw so her poops are tiny, hard deer droppings now so that's not too much of an issue, I'm just worried about the cost factor and thinking gravel might be much cheaper but I don't want it to hurt her paws either

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Originally Posted By: StarryNiteWell, I talked to the guy today, he said it's just fine for "peeing" goes right through like normal grass and Lou is on Raw so her poops are tiny, hard deer droppings now so that's not too much of an issue, I'm just worried about the cost factor and thinking gravel might be much cheaper but I don't want it to hurt her paws either
Also something to consider. After a couple of years the sun does major work on artificial turf. Its plastic after all. So who knows how much youll have to replace it. I couldnt imagine you wouldnt smell some kind of dog urine odor after a few months of the dog peeing on it.

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Re: Artificial grass for dog run

At the house we lived at before this one we had gravel in our dog run, Im pretty sure it was pea gravel. It was tiny rocks and they didnt have any sharp edges, I found that to be really good because the pee would just go thru the gravel to the dirt and the poop was really easy to pick up we got one of those muck rakes (rake used to clean horse stalls) and that was awesome to pick the poop up with I was able to get every bit of it. I never noticed my dogs favoring their paws because of the gravel. We also put the rock pretty thick so that at winter time the gravel never sank into the mud, it stay nice a clean and with the pea gravel the rain goes right to the dirt and doesnt puddle on top. I think it all depends on prefrence too, what you think would match your yard and look better.

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Re: Artificial grass for dog run

Gravel is still pretty expensive. We just went through something similar to your situation - we've got a small fenced in area off the backdoor for the dogs to use for pottying and limited playing but it turned into a pig wallow pretty quickly. We looked into a lot of different options and for our area the quote was $600 for 2 inches depth pea gravel. We finally decided on landscaping cloth covered with the same kind of woodchips they use on playgrounds. So far so good. It stays clean and dry, it's pretty soft on the dogs' feet, it's easy to pick up poop off the chips and no pee smell yet. Remains to be seen if pee smell is a problem when warmer weather rolls around though. I'm guessing pea gravel would be a lot easier to hose down if that's an issue.


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Re: Artificial grass for dog run

Jess, how pricey was the gravel you put in? I will check into that type in our area. Thanks!

Pupresq, pig wallow is a good word, that is exactly what ours looks like right now! and Wow I had no idea it was that pricey for gravel! I have taken Lou to playground with my daughter, though, and they have those wood chips you are talking about and she thinks she is in doggy heaven wanting to dig in it, I have to always take her out of that area, I am afraid she would tear that up immediately!

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Re: Artificial grass for dog run

I was looking up synthetic grass and apparently there is lead in it. Anything plastic i dont trust, im such a nut. All goes back to that 'death by rubber ducky' book.
under the jan. 29th post they have some information about it
http://www.newgrasslandscape.com/wor...ynthetic-grass

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