Artificial Grass Dog Runs – Frequently Asked Questions

General Questions

Is Okanagan Perfect Turf (OPT) Synthetic Grass similar to carpet or astro-turf?

No. It’s actually synthetic grass that looks and feels like natural grass combined with manufactured, clean, round sand infill. The grass fibers range between 1.125″ to 2.5″ long and varies in density as well; depending on the product you choose. The sand infill along with 6”galvanized, spiral spikes every 8 to 10” hammered in around the perimeter of the grass anchors the synthetic turf securely in place and makes it look and feel just like natural grass.

What happens if utility access and or repair in my yard is required?

OPT Synthetic Grass can simply be cut, then rolled back to access the repair area. After repair is completed, the base material is re-graded and the turf is re-seamed and replaced back into its original position. This process is much easier than trying to repair or replace natural sod and recovery time is much quicker.

Durability

Does the long-term effect of the sun harm Okanagan Perfect Turf (OPT) Synthetic Grass or make it fade?

No. The UV inhibitor is right in the blades of grass and forms part of the integrity of the product (it is not a coating or spray-on that can wear and or wash off) and can withstand the damaging effects of sun, heat, wind, snow and ice.

Warranty & Cost

What is the warranty and life expectancy of Okanagan Perfect Turf (OPT) Synthetic Grass?

OPT Synthetic Grass comes with a limited 15-year warranty; primarily protecting against UV degradation and manufacturer defects. The value of the warranty is the same in the 15th year as it is in the first year, it does not depreciate or prorate over time. The life expectancy is 20 plus years.

How does Okanagan Perfect Turf (OPT) Synthetic Grass cost compare to installing a natural lawn?

When compared with installing a sprinkler system, top soil, and the price of sod, combined with watering, mowing, weeding, fertilizing and etc; OPT Synthetic Grass, will pay for itself in about 3 to 5 years.

Will property values increase with Okanagan Perfect Turf (OPT) Synthetic Grass?

In most cases your property values will increase with OPT Synthetic Grass due to lower water costs and the lack of maintenance required.

Maintenance

What type of maintenance should I expect with Okanagan Perfect Turf (OPT) Synthetic Grass?

An occasional brooming can be done, but is not necessary. Debris like leaves, needles, twigs and etc. can be easily raked up of removed with a leaf blower.

How do you clean Okanagan Perfect Turf (OPT) Synthetic Grass?

It really doesn’t need cleaning, but you can wash most anything off with a hose (and some dish soap for paint or grease) or simply let Mother Nature’s rain take care of it.

Does Okanagan Perfect Turf (OPT) Synthetic Grass burn?

No. OPT Synthetic Grass does melt at about 165 degrees Fahrenheit, but it absolutely will not burn.

Do I need to be concerned about mold and mildew with Okanagan Perfect Turf (OPT) Synthetic Grass?

No. OPT Synthetic Grass is designed and developed to whisk away moisture to ensure mold and mildew have no where to grow and thrive.

How will Okanagan Perfect Turf (OPT) Synthetic Grass hold up during the Winter months?

OPT Synthetic Grass will be no different than natural grass except when the snow melts away it will still be green! The most potentially damaging element is UV so if anything, snow cover will protect your OPT Synthetic Grass.

How does Okanagan Perfect Turf (OPT) Synthetic Grass drain?

Drainage is very similar to natural grass. The turf backing either has small perforated holes or it is our E.E.B.S. (Environmentally Engineered Backing System) polyolefin backing allowing for water to drain vertically through and into the crushed rock base below. Additionally, the sand infill absorbs and holds the water until it can evaporate or drain.

Installation

Can Okanagan Perfect Turf (OPT) Synthetic Grass be installed over existing lawn?

The existing sod must first be removed and then 2” to 4” depth of crushed rock is laid down, leveled and compacted before the OPT Synthetic Grass is installed.

Where can Okanagan Perfect Turf (OPT) Synthetic Grass be installed?

Virtually anywhere that natural grass would grow; plus anywhere that natural grass has trouble or will not grow.

Can I install Okanagan Perfect Turf (OPT) Synthetic Grass myself?

We do suggest having a certified installer perform the installation, but we do provide installation instructions for those that think they can.

Dog and Other Pets

Will pets (dogs) harm Okanagan Perfect Turf (OPT) Synthetic Grass?

No. We even sell OPT Synthetic Grass strictly for dog runs and most of our customers are dog owners. OPT Synthetic Grass is not much different than natural grass as the urine and waste (poop residue and loose stools) washes through the backing of the grass into the crushed rock below. Other messes clean up the same as natural grass, using a pooper-scooper or shovel. You may also spray the soiled area with a hose then simply brush the turf back into place. The real advantage is that all of the waste and urine does not yellow, kill or create dead spots in your grass consequently there’s no more dead grass or muddy pet footprints being tracked into your home.

How is the urine and waste handled?

Our Synthetic Grass System is not much different from natural grass. Urine washes through the backing system and the specially formulated crushed rock sub-base below.

How do you clean synthetic grass?

Rain is usually sufficient. If necessary, spray your synthetic dog run with a hose.

Can you get rid of pet odours?

Yes, Okanagan Perfect Turf offers a product called Refresh Odour Eliminator which eliminates odours generated by dogs.

Will my dog think it’s real grass?

Dogs absolutely love it! Many dogs will avoid pea gravel, cement or sand. All dogs love grass, including Okanagan Perfect Turf Grass.

Will my dog try to dig a hole through the synthetic grass?

Some dogs will try to dig through anything. Our dog run turf is extremely durable making it almost impossible to tear – but there can be exceptions. We recommend putting extra border stakes around the perimeter of the dog run to discourage dogs from digging.

How do I buy Okanagan Perfect Turf Synthetic Grass?

Okanagan Perfect Turf (OPT) is exclusive and available only through our office in the Okanagan Valley. To order give us a call at 1 (877) 514-TURF (8873). Have the dimensions of your dog run area handy so one of our turf specialists can help you with your order.

Can I install my own dog run?

Yes. Many homeowners choose to put in their own dog run. Once you purchase your grass we will provide you with instructions.

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