So what are the alternatives to beautiful natural grass?
CEMENT – Some people like to hardscape the area with cement. That will solve some of the problems, of course, and if you have kids that play basketball then cementing your backyard can be a great alternative. We have yet to see a dog who can do much damage to a smooth concrete pad in the backyard.
But if you want a backyard that is warm and inviting, a hard concrete pad probably isn’t what you’re looking for.
GRAVEL – Gravel works, as far as reducing the problems associated with dead patches in your lawn, but the digging can still be a big issue. Also, weeds can always get through, causing another unsightly mess which can be time-consuming and costly to combat.
Plus, if your dogs are anything like most dogs, they just don’t enjoy a graveled backyard as much as they enjoy a soft grassy one. Dogs love to run around and play, roll, and have a good time on the lush cushioning of grass. When they’re on a gravel or concrete surface, they really don’t seem to enjoy it nearly as much.
These hardscape alternatives are just not nearly as nice, serene and inviting as a beautiful lush green grass backyard.
If you’re looking for a gorgeous natural looking green grass backyard surface, but is much more durable and consistent in its appearance and performance, consider the possibility of installing artificial grass turf instead.