Archive for July, 2006

Synthetic Lawns: A Landscaping Choice Dogs Love But Can’t Destroy

Thursday, July 27th, 2006

dogs love NewGrass synthetic grassImagine having a lawn that feels so much like the real thing that your canine friends will love to play on it, but they can’t damage it no matter how hard they romp or how much they need to “take care of business” on it.

Even better, imagine that the same lawn requires no watering, none of the maintenance a turf yard requires, and that it is even easier for your to pick up after your dog than on natural grass.

Those are only some of the reasons that pet resorts and homeowners nationwide are increasingly choosing synthetic grass for their landscaping. The new generation of artificial grasses, such as NewGrass™, is growing in popularity not only for residential uses, but among pet hotels, animal hospitals and other dog-friendly properties.

NewGrass™ has been installed in the highly recommend Applewood Pet Resort and Boulder Falls Pet Resort, in Scottsdale and Phoenix, Ariz. Applewood has been so pleased with the first installation of NewGrass™ in its central courtyard/pet run, the facility had NewGrass™ applied around its pool area and play area, too.

The reasons are simple, actually:

Dogs love it. The new generation of synthetic lawns provide a soft look that just like real grass.

No bald spots, digging holes or muddy spots. Dogs can’t chew or dig through the industrial-strength backing (NewGrass™, for example, has a primary backing of two four-ounce layers of stabilized woven polypropylene, and a secondary backing layer of 20-ounce polyurethane, with drainage holes). Dogs also have far less desire to dig through synthetic lawns because it does not have the organic odor that attracts them and compels them to dig in the first place.

Yellow grass stains are gone. Dog waste won’t discolor or stain quality artificial grasses because the synthetic material is immune to the nitrogen and other chemicals in dog waste that stain turf grass.

Easy clean up. Most dog waste stays on top of the synthetic lawn’s fibers. The rest is simply removed with a hosing down.

No bacteria, no diseases. The fibers and infill materials of quality artificial grasses inhibit bacteria, fungi and viruses.

Greatly inhibits fleas, ticks and other pests. Nonorganic grass blades, such as the polyethylene or polyethylene/nylon combination used in NewGrass™, aren’t appealing to bugs.

Less cleanup on walkways or in the house. Synthetic lawns eliminate muddy paws and dirty pets, and there’s no standing water or muddy messes after a rain or snowmelt.

No more unpleasant odors. Properly installed artificial grasses eliminate the old combination of turf, dirt, dogs and dog waste; urine drains through a properly manufactured and installed synthetic lawn.

Year-round fun time. Your dog has a lawn to romp and play on any time of the year, regardless of weather conditions.

Of course, it’s still important to clean up after your dog, to keep your synthetic grass fresh and your yard healthy. But it’s a lot easier with an artificial lawn than with natural sod:

1. Scoop up solid waste from the lawn’s surface at least once a week.
2. Hose down or power wash the area to make sure all urine and remaining excrement drains through the grass and its backing.
3. Treat the area with a mild detergent and rinse, maybe every couple of weeks.

More Cities Pay Property Owners to Use Synthetic Grass

Thursday, July 20th, 2006

artificial lawn installationAs summer temperatures continue to climb, drought conditions persist around the country, and suburban growth in arid regions of the Southwest and West continues, water conservation is increasingly on everyone’s mind.

It’s not surprising that an increasing number of cities and water conservation districts are paying homeowners, businesses and even schools to “go synthetic.” Many are offering rebates for property owners who tear out existing natural turf and replace it with artificial lawns, such as NewGrass™.

Depending on the location and climate, studies show that homeowners and some businesses use between 50 percent and 70 percent of their water on their natural grass and gardening.

The Southern Nevada Water Authority recently cited turf replacement as a key element of a long-range plan to heighten local conservation efforts. The water authority – the region’s wholesale water supplier – is also expected to make most of its existing drought restrictions permanent. These include prohibiting front lawns and limiting the size of back lawns for new homes.

One obvious choice for new-home buyers is NewGrass™ or similar synthetic lawns. One of the key advantages of products like NewGrass™ is that they require no watering at all.

The water authority currently offers rebates to residents and business owners who tear up their turf and replace it with desert landscaping. Officials hope to increase participation in the program by lifting the $300,000 cap on rebates for individual properties, which means it would be more attractive to golf courses and similar large facilities.

The agency also is debating offering a $1 rebate for every square foot of turf removed. The current program pays $1 per square foot for the first 50,000 square feet and 50 cents per square foot after that.

A special incentive program will be designed to get schools and other government buildings to take out any grass.

More Cities Pay Property Owners to Use Synthetic Grass

In Albuquerque, N.M., the city water commission offers as much as $500 to residents who convert even part their lawn to landscaping that needs little water or to artificial grass.

Las Vegas, Nev., and Mesa, Ariz., have similar programs.

“For people who really just want to see green, artificial grass is an alternative,” says Jean Witherspoon, an Albuquerque water-conservation officer, told the Wall Street Journal in a related article.

The North Marin (California) Water District has paid high schools $15,000 an acre to switch from natural to synthetic surfaces. The district also limits the size of combined natural turf and swimming pools in new homes to 5,000 square feet, and encourages plants over turf grass. Reno, Nev., in 2003 started paying homeowners willing to remove grass from their yards $1 per square foot. The program paid out $13 million in its first seven months.

Tempe, now in its ninth year of drought, also pays homeowners to remove grass and plant cactus. Along with paying homeowners $100 each to remove grass, Tempe offers grants up to $20,000 to businesses that reduce water consumption by at least 15 percent.

NewGrass™ is the registered trademark for one in the new generation of artificial grasses. It is primarily used as a no-watering, maintenance-free, natural-looking alternative to natural grasses in home and commercial landscaping.

Classy Look for Car Dealership Includes NewGrass

Wednesday, July 12th, 2006

artificial grass for Toyota dealershipAVONDALE, Ariz. – To complement an interior with a waiting area that feels more like the lobby of a nice hotel, one Arizona car dealership has created an equally inviting exterior with the application of NewGrass™.

Avondale Toyota, north of Phoenix, is one of three Toyota dealerships in the Phoenix area that has been designed as part of Toyota’s “Image USA II” program. Launched last year, Image USA II is targeted to upgrade Toyota dealership exteriors and interiors. The program features a special emphasis on what the company calls customer “touch points.”

Inside, amenities may include a children’s play area in the showroom, a coffee bar and upgraded restroom facilities.

At Avondale Toyota, the dealership also needed to do something about its landscaping. The property features a long, sweeping drive leading from the street to a circular drive that flows around a hillock in front of the expansive, modern showroom. But the appeal of that inviting entryway was lost because the ground simply couldn’t support natural grass.

“We had natural turf in there, but we just couldn’t keep it looking nice,” said John Rondaux, Avondale Toyota’s director of operations. “It was always a mess and a hassle to maintain.”

Plus, Rondaux said, the company likes to display new cars on the small rise at the center of the circle drive.

“And that really did a number on the grass,” he said.

Rondaux contacted a NewGrass distributor in response to an ad on ServiceMagic, an online marketing program.

“They had this beautiful shop and showroom, a snack bar, insulated coffee mugs for customers – a dealership showroom that is breathtaking and beautiful – and the first thing you saw when you drove up was this horrible, dead, nasty lawn,” said Chris Harlien, operations director for STC (Synthetic Turf Company), a NewGrass distributor in nearby Scottsdale.,

“John said to me, ‘That’s why we want to go with synthetic lawn,’ and I assured him I could make the front of their dealership look as nice as the inside.”

“We wanted the lawn, but without the constant hassle of a lawn,” Rondaux said. “And it did look pretty bad before.”

The installation required nearly 3,000 square feet of NewGrass Fescue in one area along the expansive drive and on both ends of the drive’s circle. The installation was done in one day, including removing existing turf and using premium infill of rubber compost, Harlien said.

“We look at that as a showpiece,” he said.

Rondaux is equally impressed with the results.

“It looks great, the installation went smoothly, it’s all good,” he said. “It looks just like they said it would.”

Why an Artificial Lawn?

Sunday, July 2nd, 2006

artificial lawn comparisonThey say a picture is worth 1,000 words. If it is, then all you might need to persuade yourself to choose an artificial lawn for your yard is to picture your yard with a new synthetic lawn against your existing turf yard in the off season – or against your neighbor’s lawn any time of year.

Perhaps the most common reason to consider an artificial lawn is because it can give you a beautiful, fade-resistant and maintenance-free lawn anywhere. This is especially true when you install one of the new-generation, high-quality artificial grasses like NewGrass™ from Scottsdale-based NewGrass, Inc.

A synthetic lawn can fit perfectly in the middle of the desert, in a busy city center or in suburbia. It works on a large residential thoroughfare or a quiet cul-de-sac.

  • Not having to maintain a lawn anymore is usually the biggest selling point. Caring for a traditional lawn requires so much hassle and expense. Many homeowners have other reasons to get rid of the time and aggravations of upkeep that a turf yard demands.
  • Maybe you like to travel – or your business requires you to be away from home. Many people choose an artificial lawn because they can leave home for as long as they want and not worry about whether their grass will survive. They don’t need to worry about setting sprinkler settings or having their lawn maintained while they’re out of town.
  • Maybe your health or age doesn’t allow you to put the time and energy into yard upkeep. Many NewGrass™ customers say they choose an artificial lawn simply because they want to put more of their valuable time and energy into tasks they enjoy more than taking care of a turf lawn.
  • Many homeowners choose synthetic grass simply because they consider it more environmentally responsible than having a natural-turf lawn in arid or drought-plagued regions of the United States. Artificial grass does not need to be watered, fertilized, mowed or treated with pesticides. Environmentalists and a growing number of water conservation organizations and cities endorse synthetic lawns because they save water and also have the benefit of not requiring pesticides.
  • Many homeowners and commercial property owners choose synthetic grass because they get tired of their dogs ruining their natural turf yards. The new-generation artificial grasses are incredibly close to the real thing – and dogs and kids agree! NewGrass™, for example, has been selected for its pet runs by three of the most recognized pet resorts in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area.

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