Is Artificial Grass Safe For Pets & Children?
If you’ve got this far down the artificial garden path, chances are that you’ve already got a good idea of most of the main benefits of artificial grass. You know that it’s going to be looking green and lush all year round and that you’ll barely have to lift a finger to keep it that way. No more mowing, no more moss and no more unsightly brown patches during a hot summer!
But if you have children and/or pets, you’re naturally going to be concerned about whether it’s going to be safe for them all year round as well. Here we take a look at some of those concerns, and show not only that it’s perfectly safe for both children and pets, but also that it comes with a few benefits that you might not have thought about.
Always soft but never muddy
The soil beneath natural grass tends to get very hard during a long, dry spell, as bare patches of mud appear that can be almost as unpleasant to land on as concrete, making it easy for children to hurt themselves when falling over. Artificial grass stays soft all year round, so children with scraped knees and scuffed elbows will be a thing of the past, while your pet will love always having a soft and comfy lawn to run, sleep and roll about on.
On the other hand, when it rains, natural grass certainly gets soft, but that tends to come with the unwanted extras of it also becoming both slippery and muddy. Artificial grass stays the same consistency in all seasons, so that can mean even fewer tears after little accidents and no more cleaning up muddy footprints and pawprints.
Less mess and fewer pests
While your pets will certainly enjoy playing on your artificial lawn, they’ll also be wanting to use it for less sanitary purposes. When it comes to pet urine, you’ll always experience some odour without regular rainfall to wash it through, but we recommend an acid-free chemical such as Jeyes fluid or passiflora to help with this. Naturally, you’re going to have to scoop up their poos, but, unlike with natural grass, a simple wash down with a hose afterwards will remove any residual mess. Natural grass can hold onto such deposits for some time, making for a lingering odour.
There are other things to be found in natural grass that you also don’t really want to end up in your small child’s hands or mouth. Unlike natural grass, an artificial lawn won’t be teeming with organisms such as insects or worms, which also makes it a more enjoyable environment for those little ones scared of spiders, bugs and other creepy-crawlies.
Keeping it safe year in, year out
One of the main benefits of artificial grass is how easy it makes life for you, leaving you free to spend more time enjoying the more relaxing and leisurely outdoor pursuits. However, if you’re going to keep it safe for your children and pets, some regular maintenance will be required. If you do have pets and children, a weekly wash with the hose is recommended, as is a monthly brush.
An annual service, which can be carried out by an Easigrass maintenance professional, will remove algae and airborne spores along with any debris or weeds that have appeared, ensuring that your artificial lawn continues to be as safe for your pets and children as your living room carpet.
To find out more about why an artificial lawn is ideal for all the family, including those with more than two legs, contact Easigrass Surrey today. Our friendly and knowledgeable team will be able to advise you on the best choice from our fantastic range of award-winning options.