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Thoroughly Sanitized Lawn Just One Benefit of NewGrass for Pet Resort Owner

Wednesday, September 27th, 2006

NewGrass on a playgroundPHOENIX, Ariz. – Thanks to NewGrass™, one upscale pet resort can keep its sprawling expanse of outdoor lawn sanitized without worrying about killing it.

“We use hospital-grade disinfectant, and we use a lot of it now that we have NewGrass™,” said Melissa Lidberg, an owner of Boulder Falls Pet Resort in west Phoenix. “The disinfectant has no effect on the new lawn at all,”

Before it installed NewGrass™ earlier this year, Boulder Falls tried to maintain natural turf grass on its 4,000-square-foot play area. It was a losing battle.

“First of all, with 70 to 80 dogs running on it three times a day – and up to 90 dogs during the holidays – there was just no way we could keep it to more than a bunch of dirt with a little grass,” Lidberg said.

Worse, when she and her staff would apply disinfectant to the area, it would either just soak deep into the dry dirt or damage what little lawn was able to grow and withstand the punishment of her canine guests.

“With our synthetic grass, it’s much more effective,” Lidberg said of the disinfectant. “And we’ve seen no effects of it on the grass at all.”

That’s just one bonus of NewGrass™ for Boulder Falls, Lidberg said.

Because NewGrass™ is now installed where there was once mostly dirt and some scruffy grass, much less standing water accumulated during the rainy season in a depressed area of the yard that lies up against the main building, Lidberg said.

That’s a good thing, because the standing water bred bacteria on the rocks used as rip-rap at the foot of the building.

The resort has also next to no mud and dirt being tracked inside since it installed NewGrass™, which means less time and money spent keeping the walkways and inside areas clean.

“Where the synthetic grass is now, in the rainy season we just had mud,” Lidberg said. “You take 4,000 square feet of dirt, and put a lot of rain on it, and you get a lot of mud.”

The other added benefit of NewGrass™ is that Boulder Falls is even more proud of showing itself off to visitors and potential customers than ever before.

“People see a bright green patch of play area for their dogs, and that’s a lot more attractive than a big dirt bowl out there,” Lidberg said. “We saw the benefits of the synthetic grass immediately.”

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.

Mother Nature Can’t Compete with Fido’s Concentrated Nitrogen or Desire to Dig

Monday, May 8th, 2006

Pets love NewGrassIt’s no secret that Man’s Best Friend can often be a natural lawn’s worst enemy. But do you know why?

One answer is nitrogen, a basic chemical found in high concentrations in dog waste. It’s the stuff that turns natural grass yellow after Fido has visited a spot often enough. The problem is worse with female dogs and male dogs that squat to relieve themselves. That’s because they tend to release all of their urine at one time – and hence deliver a major nitrogen burst. Male dogs that mark tend to only mark their territory.

On the other hand, a dog that marks may return to the same spot repeatedly.

Either way the result is the same: a brown spot often with a green ring around the outside.

Regardless of the reason, when you have a natural grass yard, urine spotting is a constant, ongoing problem. Your choices to truly remedy the problem often come down to setting up a dog run or using a fence or gate to keep your wonderful pet off the grass. Another option is a top-quality synthetic grass. A high-quality artificial lawn will not be affected by the nitrogen content in canine waste. NewGrass™ in particular is highly resistant. Its Fescue, Rye and Bermuda varieties each carry a seven-year warranty and are broadloom-tufted from quality polyethylene or a combination of polyethylene and nylon.

In fact, three highly regarded pet hotels in Arizona have chosen NewGrass™ for their outdoor runs. Raintree Pet Resort and Applewood Pet Resort, upscale pet hotels in Scottsdale, and Boulder Falls Pet Resort in Phoenix, all feature NewGrass™ for their canine guests to romp on.

According to statistics, the next most common source of damage by dogs is digging by younger animals.

Digging is usually a challenge with younger, more active dogs. They’re more playful. They like to roughhouse … and they may love to dig. Dogs often dig because they hear rodents or other critters underground, or because they want to build themselves a bed. The most common reason, however, is that your dog is bored.

Your options: be consistent in discouraging this bad habit, and provide your dog plenty of toys and exercise. That’s about it, except for one other obvious remedy: synthetic grass. Dogs can’t rip into it like they can natural turf. And rodents and critters are far less likely to burrow under a properly installed artificial yard grass. For example, the heat-treated nylon and polyethylene used in NewGrass™, along with the backing layers of urethane and polypropylene, simply are not appealing to most turf-loving critters. And your dog will be hard pressed to dig through a professionally installed NewGrass™ lawn.

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