Best infill for pets

Best Artificial Turf Infill For Your Pets in Arizona

Down here in Yuma, we love our pets and we love our heat. And if you have an artificial lawn installation in Yuma, AZ, you’re going to want to think about both when you’re choosing the infill for your artificial turf.

If you have a fur family that enjoys the outdoors, we know you’re going to care about a few things. Things like, how to avoid pet odor on your artificial grass, how to keep your pets’ paws happy under the Arizona sun, and what materials to use that are 100% safe for pets and kids.

And with all the infill options available to you, it’s not always easy to know what the right answer is!

Luckily, your trusted experts at Yuma Artificial Grass & Turf are here to give you all the details you need. Keep reading, and by the end of this article you’ll know the best artificial turf infill for your pets in Yuma. Whether you’re looking for a lawn or just a simple dog run, we have answers.

TL;DR: If you have pets, and live under the hot Arizona sun, we recommend Envirofill or Zeolite infill for your yard.

What is Infill?

Infill is a product that’s put down over your artificial turf, coming in a granular form. No matter what type of infill you choose, the infill will drop down between the blades of grass and weigh the artificial turf to the ground:

Infill settles between the fibers of your synthetic turf.

You might ask, “Do I need infill for my artificial grass?” And the answer is a resounding YES.

Your artificial grass is a beautiful investment, and infill helps keep it that way for many years to come.

Infill has many critical functions, and skipping this step would be a disaster for your beautiful lawn.

One of the most important things infill does is weigh down your turf. Without weighing down the turf, you would see air pockets and bubbles forming over time.

You’d also see your turf shrink and contract as it gets exposed to elements throughout the year. Infill is laid down between grass blades to keep your turf level on the ground, and staying in the exact same spot that we laid it down during installation.

Infill also has one function that’s extremely important for your turf. It keeps the grass blades upright! Without infill, even light traffic will eventually matt down your artificial grass.

And given what you’ve paid for your perfect lawn, a matted down turf is the LAST thing you want.

Infill will also block sun rays from reaching the backing of your artificial turf. This added layer of UV protection will keep your turf lasting for many years to come.

So now that you know that infill is critical for artificial turf, let’s see what types of infill are available, before answering the question, “What’s the best infill for pets in Arizona?”

What Types of Infill Can I Use for Pets?

There are many types of infill you can choose when you lay down your artificial grass. Choosing the right infill is a matter of knowing what you’re going to use your turf for.

Let’s talk about some common types of infill before choosing the right ones for Yuma pets.

Silica Sand

This is one of the most common types of infill available on the market, and also one of the cheapest. Silica Sand is quite heavy, and so it’s great at weighing down your turf. It’s extremely reliable, and 100% natural. 

But silica sand is only appropriate for certain uses.

It’s extremely porous in nature, so it absorbs water very easily. That means that it can harden over time.

While we here in Yuma don’t deal with much rain, the porous nature of silica sand makes it a poor choice for pets. If your pets are using the restroom outside, you can expect silica sand to lock odors in over time.

It’s also not recommended for high traffic areas.

So while silica sand can be perfect for some lawn applications, if you have pets or kids who are going to play in the backyard, we would recommend other options first.

Rubber

Rubber infill is perfect for high traffic areas, particularly sports fields. But it’s not as practical when you have pets, or even if you just want a walkable backyard.

For one, rubber infill gets very hot! And with the intense sun we get in Yuma, AZ, you’re going to want better protection for those puppy paws. (And your kids’ feet…and your own!) Many of our landscaping friends in hot climates steer clear of rubber infill, as well.

Hosing turf with water can cool it down, but if your goal with your turf is to get out and enjoy it, you might want to think twice about an infill like rubber.

Not only is it quite hot, but it tends to absorb bacteria. So it will hold in those pet odors that you’re trying to get rid of.

So if you want us to put down a football field, we might consider an infill like rubber. But for your pets? Let’s look elsewhere.

Zeolite

Zeolite could be a great choice for artificial grass infill if you have pets.

For one, Zeolite is truly anti-odor. It doesn’t simply mask odors, but it has odor eliminators that truly eliminate the source. In fact, Zeolite has been used as an odor absorber in other applications outside of artificial lawns, as well.

This prevents any ammonia odor from taking grasp of your artificial lawn.

The best part? Zeolite is 100% organic, and completely safe for kids and pets.

There are some drawbacks to Zeolite.

In particular, Zeolite has a honeycomb-like structure that is very absorbent. So the drainage is not as good. Over time it will absorb liquids and get weighted down. This means the infill could compact over time, which requires additional maintenance.

But while not a perfect solution, it is certainly very suitable for turf that’s going to be used by pets and kids.

Envirofill

When it comes to infill that’s good for your yard and good for your pets, we feel great about recommending 100% non-toxic Envirofill. This acrylic-coated sand is extremely durable, and is made from a special quartz sand only available in Texas. You can’t find it anywhere else in the world!

Envirofill has a highly rounded shape, which means it won’t get crunched down over time. You’ll have a nice, even, consistent lawn for many years to come.

That rounded shape means that Envirofill also falls nicely between the blades of grass, and settles real well. You’ll save on time and maintenance.

But what about pets?

Well, because of the round, bead-like shape of Envirofill, this infill allows waste to drain easily to soil. Just like nature intended.

But Envirofill also includes built-in odor fighters, and contains antimicrobial technology that helps prevent the growth of bacteria, mold, and mildew on your turf.

And Envirofill is non-toxic, meaning it’s 100% safe for pets and kids.

Our Verdict – The Best Infill for Pets

At Yuma Artificial Grass & Turf, we feel great about recommending Envirofill or even Zeolite for your artificial lawn.

Here in Yuma, our synthetic grass lives under a hot sun. That heat doesn’t do you any favors when it comes to pet odor, so we want only the best infill to keep your lawn fresh.

Envirofill and Zeolite are both non-toxic. They settle nicely into the turf and carry anti-odor technology.

But if we had to pick one over the other, we’d recommend you use Envirofill for your infill. Its drainage is simply superior, and its round, hardened exterior keeps it from tamping down significantly over time.

Zeolite still holds a place in our heart, especially if you’re looking for something completely organic. But either way, both infills are 100% safe for kids and pets.

But don’t worry about rushing to the store to get some. Placing infill is part of our installation process; we’ll take care of everything A-to-Z when you choose us to lay your turf!

Call Yuma Artificial Grass & Turf today to get a free quote on your synthetic turf installation.

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