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Pet Turf 101: Read This Before Installing the Best Synthetic Grass for Dogs in San Jose


As a pet owner, you want the very best for your dog. Investing in the best synthetic grass for dogs in San Jose is a wonderful way to show them how much you care.

The moment you install turf, you’re taking away all the things they hate, such as fleas, ticks, injury-causing burrs, allergy triggers, etc. At the same time, you’re also giving them everything they love— a soft place to nap, a clean area to play and since there’s no mud, fewer baths!

Investing in artificial grass is definitely a great decision for both you and your pet. However, the labor costs for the installation do add up. Because of this, you can save a lot of money installing turf yourself.

Let Artificial Turf Express help you prepare for your project! Here’s why you need to know about synthetic grass for dogs, courtesy of our pros at ATE.


Artificial Pet Grass Checklist

  • ✔ Only use the highest-quality synthetic grass for dogs

    You can’t use just any old artificial grass for pet installations. For instance, turf for the best putting greens is not interchangeable with pet turf. Instead, you want synthetic grass that’s specifically meant for dogs.

    Unlike turf for yards and putting greens, pet turf will have to endure both your dog’s roughhousing AND their waste. Therefore, a few qualities to look for are:

      • Stain resistance
      • A dense and short pile height that makes it easy to clean
      • Anti-microbial coating
      • Hypoallergenic material
      • Specialized drainage
      • Environmental friendly and sustainable


    For top performance, we recommend either our Express Pet artificial grass or Coronado pet synthetic turf. Both have all the above mentioned qualities, combined with soft, realistic looks and feel.

  • ✔ Don’t forget about odor protection

    The biggest challenge for Bay Area pet owners who have yards is the smell. It’s hard to control that on a natural lawn, because the ammonia from urine tends to stick to the soil. It’s hard to flush out any residue from solids as well.

    In contrast, it’s far easier to keep the stink down with synthetic grass. Aside from using the right type of turf, you’ll also need proper drainage and infill. Our trusted options are:

    • Air Drain Tiles


      Our Air Drain Tiles are a unique drainage mat that lifts your pet turf an inch off of the ground in order to create a 90% air void between the artificial grass and the top of your layer of base rock.

      This air void allows the turf to drain faster, bringing the bad smells to below the base and allows air to pass through the turf and deodorize it.

    • Wonderfill Infill


      Wonderfill has a special green acrylic coating which includes Zinc Omadine™ZOE™Antimicrobial to help prevent the growth of bacteria, mold and mildew.

      This infill is less abrasive than other infills due to its rounder shape. This helps keep turf blades standing up straight, prevents damage to the blades and allows the turf to drain faster! Furthermore, Wonderfill is certified non-toxic and safe for both pets and kids, making it the perfect infill for your pet area!

    Aside from these two, we also have other great options like Zeofill and base for artificial turf. We’d love to help you make the best choice, so don’t hesitate to reach out.

  • ✔ Do your research before getting started

    DIY synthetic grass installation in San Jose is a great option if you’re handy and have a knack for home improvement. However, you need to do your research to make up for your lack of professional experience.

    To help you get started, we’ve created this FREE installation guide so you can familiarize yourself with the process. You can also look through our Pet Turf Products to get a sense of what you’ll need.

    Lastly, our blog is packed with DIY tips to ensure your success, like our article on How to Prepare the Area for Synthetic Grass for Dogs. Of course, you can always call us for any questions as well!

4 Fantastic Reasons to Try DIY Artificial Grass Installation

Still need a bit of convincing? Here’s why you should consider installing the best artificial turf in San Jose yourself:

  • 1. DIY installation is cheaper.

    Not having to pay for professional installation means you can enjoy significant savings when you install synthetic turf yourself. You can also borrow tools you need from neighbors and friends to reduce expenses. Aside from the installation savings, the best artificial grass saves you more money in the long run since it doesn’t have to be mowed, fertilized and watered, unlike natural grass.

  • 2. Most of what you’ll need are common tools.

    You don’t need too many special tools to install synthetic turf yourself. In fact, you may already have most of it in your shed. Here’s a quick list of common tools you’ll need:

      • Protective gloves
      • Craft knife
      • Joining tape
      • Shovels and other digging tools
      • Outdoor brush
      • Building sand
      • Club hammer


    It’s very easy to get your hands on these tools and other artificial grass accessories. With no need for complicated and expensive equipment, you can kick-start your project anytime.

  • 3. Synthetic grass products are incredibly accessible.

    Before, only professional installers and companies could get their hands on premium turf products. Now, you can simply call Artificial Turf Express and have the best artificial grass accessories and rolls of turf delivered straight to your door!

  • 4. The installation process doesn’t take too long.

    While installing artificial grass on your whole yard may seem overwhelming, it actually doesn’t take a lot of time to finish the project. If you’ve already got some experience with DIYs, you might only need a few days from start to end. Need to take your time? A couple of weekends or so of focused work is usually all you need.

Flex Your DIY Skills with the Best Synthetic Grass for Dogs in San Jose!

There’s no better time than now to embark on artificial grass installation, especially when it’s so convenient to source turf, accessories and tools. For instance, you can replicate our proven Pet Turf System to make the selection process easier!

You can also call us at 408-317-4730, send us a message here or visit our showroom. Our professional installers are always happy to be of assistance. Call us now and let us know how Artificial Turf Express can help with your project!