How Synthetic Grass in NJ Keeps Dogs Safe From Poisonous Weeds

How Synthetic Grass Protects Dogs From Poisonous Weeds

We all know that weeds can be a real pain to deal with in your yard. They grow so quickly and they’re hard to get rid of. But did you know that many weeds are poisonous to dogs? And even if you use weedicides, they’re also toxic and bad for dogs. So what can you do? Well synthetic grass in NJ is an easy solution.

Artificial grass looks great, requires minimal maintenance and is safe for dogs to play on. Most importantly, it can keep weeds from growing and spreading in your yard.

Common Yard Weeds That Are Harmful to Dogs

Dogs love exploring yards by sniffing, touching, licking and eating whatever catches their interest. But when they get into some of these common yard weeds, they can get sick or even die. You must be able to identify which plants are harmful so you can keep your furry friends safe and healthy.

Here are some common yard weeds that are poisonous to dogs:


While dandelions may look like innocent little yellow flowers, they contain chemicals that can cause digestive upset in dogs. If you find your dog eating a dandelion, act fast and give them a dose of hydrogen peroxide or milk of magnesia to counteract the effects of the chemical.


Buttercup is a perennial herbaceous flowering plant native to Europe and Asia, but has spread throughout much of North America as well. The entire plant is toxic if ingested by animals but especially the leaves, which contain glycosides called saponins, and can cause vomiting and diarrhea in pets who ingest them.


Clovers have tiny barbs on all their leaves, which can cause injury to your dog’s stomach and intestines if they ingest large amounts of the plant. Keep an eye out for clover patches in your yard, and keep your dog away from those areas until they’re gone.

Wild Parsnip

If you have wild parsnip in your yard, you need to be on high alert for signs of poisoning in your pet. The sap from this plant is highly toxic to dogs—and cats—and if ingested will cause vomiting, diarrhea, redness around their mouths and paws (from excessive salivation), weakness or paralysis in their legs or lower bodies.


This weed grows in open spaces throughout the US and Europe. Thistles are toxic to dogs because they contain alkaloids (poisonous compounds) like pyrrolizidine alkaloids (PAs). PAs can irritate your dog’s stomach lining and damage his liver if he eats enough of them over time.


Burdock root contains thiaminase, an enzyme that destroys thiamine (vitamin B1). Thiamine deficiency causes beriberi in dogs, which manifests as loss of appetite, weight loss, weakness or paralysis of legs and feet, difficulty walking due to muscle atrophy, heart problems like arrhythmias (irregular heartbeats), and even death from heart failure.

Take note that these are only the most common weeds that are toxic to dogs. Your yard may have other weeds that can harm your pets. Consider the plants in your yard and research how they can affect your furry friends.

What to Do If Your Dogs Eat Poisonous Weeds?

You need to act fast. If you see your dogs eating a poisonous plant, remove them from the area immediately. Then, get them to a vet as soon as possible.

Call your vet even before you leave your home. They may recommend some medications or treatments for your dogs depending on the type of toxic plants they ate.

How Does New Jersey Artificial Turf Keep Weeds From Growing in Yards?

The answer lies in how installers set up artificial grass and the features of the installation.

Weed removal is a crucial part of the installation process because weeds can penetrate the turf. That’s why installers remove existing weeds in the yard and apply a non-selective herbicide.The herbicide kills any remaining roots and rhizomes before installation begins. This step reduces the risk of weeds growing through the turf later on down the line.

Turf installers also make sure that there are no mulches or other organic materials in the yard that can encourage weed growth.After that, they install a weed barrier that keeps weeds from growing through the synthetic grass in NJ. This means that even if you have weeds in your yard, they won’t be able to grow up through it—they’ll only grow in the edges where they meet natural soil.

But what happens if weeds do grow in synthetic turf installation?Well, weeds only grow at the edges of synthetic grass installations—not in the center. This means that you can easily remove them when they start poking up through the surface of your lawn.

Turn Your Yard Into a Safe Haven for Your Dogs With an Artificial Grass Installation in NJ

Once you’ve tried artificial grass for your dogs, you’ll never go back to real turf.

Not only does it keep weeds at bay, but it also gives your dogs a safe and comfortable surface to play on. And if that’s not enough, it’s also pet-proof and easy to maintain.

If you’re interested in installing artificial grass in your own yard, we’d love to help! Just send us a message online here at New Jersey Artificial Grass Pros or give us a call at 848-279-4969!

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