A straggly, mushy, pee-stained lawn was the bane of my existence for a long time. The grass turf gets very little sun, and the combination of that plus my elderly incontinent dog made the lawn something that I avoided walking through—let alone encouraging my children to play on.
So I jumped on the artificial grass turf bandwagon in a big way, encouraged by landscapers who emphasized the water savings and probably didn’t know much about the true environmental impacts.
Lawn chemicals are linked to bladder cancer in dogs. Thankfully, my husband put his foot down, because I know now that the recycled rubber typically used underneath artificial turf contains some pretty toxic chemicals, not to mention the fact that the heat on an artificial grass turf field can rise to more than 170 degrees on a hot day.
So maybe that straggly grass turf isn’t so bad after all. But I won’t resort to so-called “miracle” lawn chemicals to enhance it, especially since a recent study linked those to bladder cancer in dogs. Once on their paws, dogs lick the chemicals to ingest them, and expose their owners when they transfer the chemicals to floors and furniture.
My beautiful 18-year-old lab has passed on, but I still have the little Chihuahua—not to mention my family—to protect.
What’s the solution? I’m trying out low grow, no mow natural grass turf like Ecology Lawn Seed. So far it’s still pretty straggly, but at least I know it’s safe.
Ridiculously cute beagle photo: Discovery News