I live on the second floor of an apartment building with two pitbulls. When I am home I take the dogs outside for walks, and when they have to do their potty business. When I am not home, the dogs go out on the balcony to use the bathroom. Previously, I had put fake grass on the balcony but this only worked for so long, as the patio began to stink with urine. I researched several solutions, and found a company that makes a square area with fake grass for the dogs to pee on. Almost like a cat litter box but to the extreme. This product goes for about $400, knowing that I could make it cheaper and save some money I decided to make my version!
Accompanied by my girlfriend, we went off to home depot to find our materials. My idea was to make the box very simple and add real grass to make the dogs feel as if they were outside. I decided to go cheap, because my dogs will be peeing and pooping on the box. No need to spend a lot of money. An employee helped us find everything we needed and made the cuts for us.
My idea was to make a box out of wood, and then to line it with a waterproof plastic. Lay dirt on top and then plant sod. Very simple but effective.
We loaded up the truck up and headed home to begin the project!
These are all of the materials I used besides the sod and the dirt fertilizer. Featuring Dodger.
Next I put the materials together began to make the product. I put the plywood on top of the four posts and secured them to the plywood with 2 inch nails. Then I flipped the box over and began to lay the waterproof plastic over the box. I secured the plastic with nails in each corner, as well as the sides. The nails seemed the hold the plastic down fine, and I was not too worried about the plastic flying away because there would be sod in the middle holding it down.
This is before adding the sod. You can see the nails in the corner to hold the plastic down. The next picture is with the sod. I laid a base layer of dirt/fertilizer and then cut to fit the sod. I used a pocket knife to cut to fit. Sod isn’t too difficult to cut.
The finishing product!
Brady using the pee pad. The dogs seem to like the pee pad way more than the fake grass, and my balcony does as well.