How to Install Artificial Turf for Dogs: Step-by-Step Guide

Artificial Turf for Dogs

Sustainable Turf has put together an easy 8-step guide for installing artificial turf for dogs. As we head into the season of spoiling our pets, what better gift than a backyard that’s both beautiful and pet-friendly? Artificial turf offers plenty of advantages, and the experts at Sustainable Turf are here to walk you through the process of creating your own pet-friendly oasis.

Before you start, it’s important to choose the right turf for your dog. Look for a product specifically designed for pets, like the ones below:

These turf types are made to be super strong and drain well. People often wonder, “Does dog pee make it stink?” Well, all our turf has our special ProFlow backing. It’s patented and helps drain away pee and poop. Just give your pet turf a regular spray to make sure any messes don’t stick around too long.

Tools and Materials to Install Artificial Dog Turf

  • Tape Measurer & Yard Stakes
  • Shovels and Heavy Duty Metal Rake
  • Tamping tool (hand- or gas-powered)
  • Straight edge knives, heavy duty scissors or power cutters
  • Gravel and crushed-fines (subturf base layer)
  • Perimeter Boards or Timbers
  • Infill (sand, silica, crumb rubber etc.)
  • Seam Tape Glue
  • Infill Broadcaster/Spreader (just like you’ve used for spreading seeds or fertilizer)
  • Carpet Stretching Tool

Step 1 – Measure the Project Area

To figure out how much turf you need, measure the area where you’ll put it using a tape measure. The turf rolls are usually 14 feet wide and can be cut to any length you want. 

This process is called “determining your roll-out.”

Step 2 – Create a Project Blueprint

After drawing your project area, input the measurements into a free online tool. If you prefer, you can sketch the area by hand on graph paper. It’s important to always measure and create a basic blueprint. This helps you plan and organize effectively.

Here are some of the top free backyard CAD landscaping tools. While making a blueprint isn’t essential, it can assist with your organization and layout.

Step 3: Removal / Demolition of Existing Grass

Now for the exciting part: removing the old grass, dirt, or sod. This step can be quite hard work, so be prepared. You’ll need a wheelbarrow or truck to help with hauling away the debris. It’s a good idea to ask family or friends to lend a hand with the demolition.

Make sure to remove any sprinkler lines and roots from the area. When laying down the new turf, leave tree roots in place to prevent bumps.

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Step 4 – Installing the Base

After clearing and leveling the area, begin unloading the base gravel. Usually, you’ll lay down 3-5 inches of gravel where you’ll put the turf. When laying the base, make sure to slope it away from your house. This grading helps water flow away from your home, which is important for preventing issues.

After laying the base gravel, it’s time to add the finely crushed particles. Tamp them down and smooth them out. These fine particles fill the gaps between the gravel, creating a flat surface for the turf to sit on.

Step 5: Laying out and Securing Turf

Next, roll out the turf onto the prepared base area. Be careful not to step on the crushed fines you’ve just laid down. Any indentations you make now will show up when the turf is laid. Once the turf rolls are in place, you can begin cutting and gluing the seams together.

After laying the turf on your base layer, it’s time to secure and stretch it. This step is similar to installing carpet. To make the turf as tight and flat as possible, you’ll need to use both your body strength and some tools. Once you’ve stretched the turf out, drive nails through the base and the turf. Drive the nails in as deep as you can to ensure the turf is safe and secure.

Step 6: Add the Infiller

You’re nearly finished! The last step in installing artificial turf for your dog is infilling. Infill is what’s used to weigh down the turf. It’s those black rubber pieces that football players kick up during games.

Infills can be made from different materials like sand, silica sand, organic materials, rubber, and others. Typically, infill is sand or silica. Use a seed broadcaster to install the infill evenly across the turf. This helps avoid uneven areas where the infill might pile up, giving you a smoother surface.

Step 7: Fetch!

Now it’s time to let your dog enjoy your brand-new backyard! With the work all done, it’s time to celebrate. Say goodbye to muddy feet and pesky weeds. Your furry friend can now enjoy a backyard that’s safe and pet-friendly, without any chemicals.

If you’re feeling overwhelmed with your project, don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our Sustainable Turf experts. You can get a free estimate or some helpful insights from them.

Pet Turf Maintenance

Even though pet turf systems have extra ventilation and drainage underneath, they still need regular cleaning. To keep odors under control, it’s important to rinse and sanitize Pet Turf regularly. Before deep cleaning, brush the grass to spread sand evenly and help the cleaning solution flow better. Check out our other articles for tips on fighting odors. To find out about the most popular cleaners, read our article.

Please request a price estimate. We’ll assist you in finding the perfect turf and all the accessories required for installation. We’re excited to get started!

Frequently Asked Questions About DIY Pet Turf Installation

How to Make a Dog Poop on Fake Grass

Over the years, artificial grass has been designed to look more like natural grass. This means that dogs often feel comfortable using it on their own. Positive reinforcement, fake fire hydrants, and scheduled potty stops can help your dog learn to use the bathroom in your synthetic backyard.

What Do You Put Under Artificial Grass for Pets?

For the best results in preventing odor, it’s a good idea to place a drainage layer beneath the surface of the artificial grass for your pets. On top of that, an antibacterial infill is recommended.

What Is the Best Drainage Under Artificial Turf for Dogs?

DrainCore and AirDrain are two popular drainage systems for artificial pet turf. Both options provide ventilation and a space for water to flow when cleaning the surface.

What Is the Cost of a Pet Turf?

The cost of artificial turf materials ranges from $2.45 to $6.55 per square foot. Installing pet turf can cost anywhere from $9 to $14 per square foot.

What Is the Best Base for Pet Turf?

A Class II Road Base is the ideal base for artificial grass installations. However, it can be hard to get a DIY project. In this case, use decomposed stone and a stabilizer as the base material.

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