How To Care For Artificial Grass With Dogs

Artificial grass is a great option for those who want to enjoy the look of a natural lawn without all the maintenance. 

But what do you do if you have dogs? Dogs love to play on grass and turf, but that means there’s plenty of opportunity for them to make a mess! 

Luckily, it’s easy to keep your artificial grass looking great with just a few simple steps. Here are some quick tips:

How to Care for Your Artificial Turf When You Have Pets
Importance of Caring for Artificial Grass with Dogs
Build a safe, comfortable dog run with artificial grass
Clean your artificial grass after your dog’s waste
Check the quality of your artificial grass
Properly maintain your new artificial grass
Choose the best artificial grass for your needs
Further reading on cleaning, maintenance, and care tips for artificial grass with dogs
FAQs section for artificial grass-related questions

Groom Your Dog

Your dog’s fur is prone to getting tangled and matted, so you will want to brush them regularly. Brushing your dogs fur will also help keep it clean, as well as remove any excess shedding.

If you are going to bathe your dog, make sure they have a bath before trimming their fur. This way the water won’t wash away all of the natural oils in their skin which makes them more susceptible to sunburns or other types of burns if they spend too much time outside during warmer months (we’ll get into this later on).

If you’re planning to build a dog run with artificial grass, check out our step-by-step guide on building a dog run with artificial grass. It contains useful information for dog owners who want to ensure that their dog’s area is safe, clean, and comfortable.

Pick Up Pet Waste

It’s important to pick up after your dog. Dog waste can pose a public health risk, and it’s also unsightly. If your dog has an accident on the artificial grass, pick it up immediately and dispose of it properly. 

Don’t let your dog walk in it or play with it because this can get them sick as well as damage the artificial grass surface. If you notice any signs of sickness in either yourself or your pet after contact with pet waste, talk to a medical professional immediately.

Tips on Picking Up Pet Waste

1Always pick up after your dog to maintain a clean and hygienic environment
2Use a scooper or plastic bag to collect the waste and avoid touching it with your hands
3Double bag the waste to prevent any leaks or contamination
4Dispose of the waste in a trash can, and never leave it on the artificial grass
5Regularly clean up after your dog to prevent health risks and maintain the appearance of your artificial grass

Use A Rake

Make sure you use a rake. You’ll want to make sure that your pet waste is removed from the grass as soon as possible. 

You should be able to use a small handheld rake, or even just pick up the clumps with your fingers if they’re not too large.

How often should I rake? It’s hard to say how often you should be raking, but it’s probably safe to say more than once per week if there are multiple pets using the space at once.

What kind of rake should I use? There are many different types of rakes out there and they can vary in size and durability depending on what their intended purpose is (i.e., whether they’re designed for yardwork versus leaf removal). 

However, all rakes have tines which help push/move debris across surfaces like floors or lawns; so regardless of whether it’s made specifically for artificial grass care or not (or any type of material), any garden tool will work equally well here! 

Just don’t forget about those little plastic caps over each end that prevent scratching – those come off easily enough though

Cleaning artificial grass after dog poop is crucial to maintaining its cleanliness. Our guide on cleaning artificial grass after dog poop provides helpful tips for dog owners who want to ensure that their artificial grass stays clean and odor-free.

Brush The Grass

If you have a dog with long hair, then you may be tempted to avoid brushing his or her coat. But as a rule of thumb, it’s always better to brush your pet than not—even if they shed less than some dogs. 

Brushing gets rid of dirt and debris that may irritate their skin and cause sores or rashes.

When it comes time to handle your artificial grass, we recommend using a soft bristled brush first to sweep away loose dirt and debris before switching over to one with stiffer bristles for more thorough cleaning. 

The above tools can also work: a broom will help loosen up stubborn surfaces but won’t get into all the nooks and crannies; vacuuming can suck up dust; blowers might result in too much damage from wind gusts!

Tips on Brushing Your Dog’s Hair

1Brushing your dog’s hair can prevent skin irritation and infection
2Use the correct brushes for your dog’s coat type to avoid tangles or matting
3Brush your dog starting at the skin and moving gently outward to avoid pulling or hurting your pet
4Brush your dog’s coat at least once a week, and more frequently if they have long or thick hair
5Regular brushing can also help reduce shedding and keep your home and artificial grass clean

Remove Stains As Soon As Possible

If you’re lucky enough to have a dog, chances are you’ve got some stains on your artificial grass. 

As soon as possible after the stain happens, use a stain remover or other cleaning product designed for artificial grass to remove the stain. 

You can also use an old toothbrush or soft scrub brush and a little bit of dish soap if you need something more gentle than detergent-based cleaners.

Stain removal tools like brushes and sponges are available at most grocery stores; they’re also great for getting out dirt in between blades of grass that’s hard to reach with just your fingers (and impossible when it’s wet). If you don’t have any on hand, try using an old toothbrush instead!

The quality of artificial grass is an important factor to consider when purchasing. Check out our guide on how to check the quality of artificial grass to learn what to look for to ensure that you’re buying a durable and long-lasting product.

Install A Dog Run

A dog run is a great way to give your dog a place to run and play when you don’t have the time or space for them to roam freely. 

Dog runs can be made of many materials, including wood, plastic, metal and even recycled materials.

You will want to use quality materials that won’t break down quickly in the weather or from heavy use by your dog—this way you’ll get many years’ worth of use out of one unit!

Hose Down Your Turf

Hose down your turf with a high-pressure hose to remove dirt and stains.

  • Don’t use too much water, you don’t want to damage the grass.
  • Don’t use hot water, it can damage the grass.
  • Rinse with clean water afterwards to remove any soap residue that may remain on your artificial lawn and make sure there’s no standing water remaining on top of it after rinsing off all of the soap residue.

Taking care of new artificial grass is important to maintain its appearance and durability. Our guide on how to care for new artificial grass provides useful tips for those who have recently installed artificial grass and want to keep it in top condition.

Don’t Allow Dogs to Dig on Artificial Grass

Dogs are natural diggers. They love to bury their bones and toys, so you can understand why your dog may want to dig on your artificial lawn. Unfortunately, this can be a problem for your grass. 

In fact, when dogs dig in general, it can cause damage to the lawn and lead to a ruined look. If you don’t want this for yourself or others who use the same area of grass as you do, here are some tips on how to stop them from digging:

Make sure there aren’t any holes in your pet fence if you have one installed around your yard. Holes allow dogs access into areas they shouldn’t be going into (for example: someone else’s yard).

If there are no holes in their fence and they still keep digging through it then try placing chicken wire around their enclosure so that they cannot get underneath it or under metal gates etcetera where there might be soil underneath which will help keep them occupied for longer periods time too!

Keep Pests Away From Artificial Grass

Avoiding pets is a major way to keep your artificial grass safe. Dogs and other animals will chew on the fibers of your fake lawn, and if they eat it, they become ill. 

Cats in particular are attracted to this type of material and may ingest some of the plastic particles as their tongues move over them.

This isn’t just a matter of keeping your dog away from your lawn; it’s also important not to let him walk on fake turf while he’s outside. 

If you have an artificial grass yard, there should always be an area that’s designated for him just like there should be a place where he can play without disturbing any landscaping or plants (or being disturbed).

Choosing the right artificial grass can be overwhelming for beginners. Check out our guide on how to choose the best artificial grass for beginners to learn what to consider when selecting the right artificial grass for your needs.

Protect Artificial Grass From Urine And Feces

A dog’s waste can be extremely damaging to your artificial lawn. It’s crucial that you clean up the area immediately after your dog has relieved himself, because otherwise the urine may seep into the ground and stain the grass. 

A good way to do this is by using a hose or bucket of water to rinse away any excess waste and then disinfecting it with an enzyme cleaner (like Nature’s Miracle or Litter Genie) before drying it off with a blower.

Protect Long-haired Dogs Around An Artificial Lawn

If your dog has long hair, you’ll want to use a rubber brush or vacuum cleaner with a soft brush attachment to remove loose hairs. 

You can also use a broom to sweep up hair and then use a lint roller on the artificial lawn afterwards. If your dog sheds heavily, you may even want to consider creating an outdoor shed where they can go while they’re shedding their coat so that it doesn’t get all over your artificial lawn.

If you have short-haired dogs that don’t shed much, then this won’t be as big of an issue for you. But if your pup does have lots of fur, it’s always good practice to clean up after them and keep up on any maintenance needed for your artificial grass installation or repair service if necessary!

Clean Up Tear Stains ASAP!

Tear stains are a common problem for dogs, especially if they’re black. They are caused by your dog’s eyes, and they happen when the tear ducts get irritated and produce a dark substance that can stain your dog’s coat. 

Tear stains don’t necessarily mean anything is wrong with your dog, though—they’re considered a sign of good health!

If you have an issue with tear stains, you can use a special solution to treat them. After applying the cleaning solution to your pet’s face, gently massage it into their skin until all of their fur absorbs it completely. You should see immediate results after doing this once or twice per week: no more stains!


We hope that this article has helped you to understand how to keep your artificial lawn looking beautiful, even if it is used by dogs. 

You may be surprised to find that many of these tips are things you already do for your natural grass, but we wanted to make sure that everyone knows the best way to care for their turf when they have four-legged family members!

Further Reading:

For more tips on cleaning up after your pets on artificial grass, check out Trulawn’s article. They provide useful information on how to keep your grass clean and hygienic.

To learn how to properly care for your artificial grass with dogs, check out Pro Pooch’s guide. They provide tips on how to maintain the quality of your artificial grass and look after your pets’ hygiene.

Turfresh offers useful advice for maintaining artificial grass when you have dogs. Their guide covers cleaning, odor control, and other maintenance recommendations.


What is artificial grass?

Artificial grass is a man-made surface designed to look and feel like natural grass. It is made from synthetic materials such as plastic, rubber, or nylon.

Can dogs use artificial grass?

Yes, dogs can use artificial grass. It’s a popular option for pet owners because it’s low maintenance, durable, and doesn’t require watering or mowing like natural grass.

How do I clean artificial grass after my dog has urinated on it?

To clean artificial grass after your dog has urinated on it, use a combination of water and vinegar. Mix one part vinegar with three parts water and pour it onto the affected area. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes, then rinse with water.

How do I prevent my dog from digging up my artificial grass?

To prevent your dog from digging up your artificial grass, provide them with a designated digging area or bury large rocks around the perimeter of the turf. You can also discourage digging by using deterrents such as citrus scents or motion-activated sprinklers.

How often should I clean my artificial grass with dogs?

You should clean your artificial grass with dogs at least once a week. Remove any debris, spot clean any dirt or urine, and rinse with water. You should also perform a deep clean every few months to maintain its appearance and hygiene.