Artificial Lawns and Pet Odor

When you have artificial turf installed in your lawn it can be one of the best decisions you have ever made regarding your backyard. You don’t have to worry about watering or mowing your lawn as the grass is never going to get bigger or die off when it’s super dry out.

But having a pet who either lives in your backyard or spends a lot of their time out there in the mornings and or afternoons, can make life really smelly. It’s not their fault, animals tend to do their business outside and then come back in when they are finished, but with artificial turf, it doesn’t just compost into the grass, it sits there until it’s cleaned up. That is usually fine, you are probably used to cleaning up after your animals anyway. But if you happen to miss a day, things can get smelly.

When it comes to solid pet waste, to ensure that your yard stays nice and proper and smelling like fresh air and not a bathroom for your furry friend, you will need to remove the waste from your yard as quickly as possible. Pick it up with a scooper or plastic bag and dump it. Then what you are going to want to do is spray down that spot in your yard with 5 percent white distilled vinegar to make sure it is sanitized properly. After you have done this you can rinse the vinegar away with a garden hose as soon as you want to.

If the smell is coming from urine and not a solid waste, it can be a bit more complicated to track down the smell. It isn’t coming from a solid object that is easy to spot but rather a small wet spot somewhere hidden in your yard. If you happen to know exactly where your pet had gone then you can spray that spot down with the same vinegar you would use for a solid waste. But if you don’t happen to be so lucky and you are not sure as to where your little pet had gone then you can rinse the yard once a week with the vinegar and water to make sure it stays clean, sanitary and smelling fresh.

Never use a full strength cleaner on your synthetic turf because it can be harmful to people, pets, and it can also do damage to your yard in general. If you have your artificial turf installed on a solid ground such as concrete or something else, you can wash underneath the turf to erase the pet odors. Never use a highly powerful spraying tool on pet waste because that will only cause the waste to get deeper into the turf and will be much harder to get rid of when cleaning it up.