Recently a company has been advertising on TV a product called K9grass (official website is k9grass.com). It is made by a company called forever lawn, that already specializes in artifical grass. K9Grass is artificial grass made specifically for dogs. My first thought when I saw the commercial a few weeks ago was how could a grass be made specifically for dogs that makes it so much better than your average artificial grass. Well a couple weeks ago, someone I know who runs a kennel, recently installed K9Grass. I now realize that K9Grass has a lot of advantages over installing artificial grass.
K9Grass has a special antimicrobial agents called Alphasan. This is to help prevent an odor and bacteria and other organisms from forming on your grass. Alphasan is a proprietary product made by a company called milleken. Their site says AlphaSan is an antimicrobial additive that utilizes the natural power of silver to protect a wide variety of products against bacteria, fungus, mold, and other microbes. K9Grass.com uses a advanced draining system. There is a perforated layer where urine can go through the artificial grass into like a crushed aggregate layer of 3 or 4 inches. One concern I had with K9grass.com when looking at how it was designed, was if the urine and bits of feces that would be absorbed below the grass would just sit inside the aggregate layer and become a foul stinky mess. It appears that it just goes through the aggregate layer and eventually into the soil below. Watering the lawn once in awhile will help facilitate the movement of wastes through the aggregate layer. You can even get a more advanced option on the k9grass, that has a air layer instead of aggregate layer, and have it quickly drain away at an angle below.
K9Grass is pretty expensive though. I really don’t think the cost to reward is worth it over regular grass or artificial grass for your average dog owner. I think it could be a great option more for people running a kennel, shelter, or dog park. Even artificial grass is probably overkill for most backyard situations too. Most dogs will go in the same spots, so if they do kill a spot in your grass often it will be the same areas over again. You could also train your dog to urinate in places where you don’t have grass. The lifespan also is about 10 years for K9Grass, whereas some artificial turf alternatives are claiming longer.