Fake grass for dogs to pee on
Fake grass for dogs to pee on is made from human lawns
By Ben PopkenJuly 6, 2012
If you’re the kind of person who has to have the perfect lawn, chances are you’ve probably been reading up on how to get it done with artificial turf. The trouble is, the thing can run you anywhere from $250 up to $5,000, and that’s assuming you find a professional to do the work.
But here’s a product called Green Grass that’s made from a byproduct of lawn mowers: synthetic turf. The thing is, it’s already out in the wild so you can save big money by starting with it.
The whole package is a little clunky, so don’t bother putting this on your property without your neighbor’s permission, but that aside, this stuff works. When it’s wet, it’s like you’re in a bog. When it gets dried out, it’s grass. You can play football on it in the summer, and it won’t get too hot if you put your dog on it. It is a little hard to wash, but a hose will do the trick. And if you put down a sprinkler it actually looks a little like real grass. It’s pretty cool if you ask us.
To get your grassy fix, you’ll need some turf. The best way to get your hands on some is to go to a big-box store like Sam’s Club or Costco and buy a whole new yard. If you want to try the home route, we got some tips for you.
1. Find the perfect fit
First thing’s first: Find a place for your new yard. Don’t waste your time looking at things that are way too small or aren’t deep enough, just be sure that you’re getting the right size for your yard. We found a good fit at Amazon. They usually have great prices and wide selection, but for us, they were a little too small. We went with a 50-foot by 16-foot area.
2. Lay your turf
For our yard, we laid down a nice thick base with a soil-less layer in between it. You’ll need at least 10-15 inches of it. That’s going to be your top layer. The back section of the yard is going to go on top of that, and then you’re going to need another couple of inches for the grass.
3. Buy the best
You don’t need a bag of turf if you’re going to lay it down, so you want to make sure you’re getting something that is going to last. You don’t want it to crumble away in a month.
4. Set up your irrigation system
Before laying the turf, you’ll want to be sure you’ve got the right system up. We were a little off. We ended up laying our system on our first try, but we only had to move it up a couple of inches on the second try. Don’t forget to make sure the water pressure is the right amount for your yard.
5. Mow your lawn
Now it’s time to mow your lawn. Mowing is the key to a healthy lawn. You don’t need to cut the lawn every day. It’s going to need to recover a bit. A once-a-week is best for this.
6. Spray your mower
Now it’s time to spray your mower with a pre-emergent. This is something we only found after we started mowing. It’s going to prevent grass from going into the blades and creating a big mess. And you don’t want to be doing this every day. One a week is fine.
7. Lay your grass
Now it’s time to lay your turf. You’ll want to make sure it’s perfectly level. You don’t want to leave one side higher than the other. And it needs to be a good 3 or 4 inches down.
8. Use a weed barrier
As a last step, you’ll want to use a weed barrier. You can’t cut around it or you’ll remove the turf from the ground. And you don’t want to leave too thick a pile of weeds around. One inch is best.
Do you have a better method of creating a healthy lawn? Let me know in the comments!
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