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March 21, 2013

The advantages of artificial turf in Phoenix, Arizona

Of the few things that I have done right here at The Tropical Paradise, having artificial turf installed is at the very top. I like the look of neatly-cut grass, just looking at it makes me feel cooler. Having glaring "hardscape" in an area like this, or that awful "pea gravel" that is sometimes used, is just wrong here. In addition to not having to water, mow, or edge it, there are other advantages that I have learned about.

Macintosh, the good little wiener dog, likes it too. It's perforated, so her pee doesn't puddle on it, it sinks in, and I hose it down every once in a while. Her poop is easy to scoop up (if you've ever tried to scoop doggy poop out of gravel you know how terrible that is). And did I mention that artificial turf doesn't glare like concrete or paving? And it doesn't bunch up like that awful "pea gravel"? Yeah, I guess I did.

Your tropical paradise should not have hard-packed dirt or heat-refecting hardscape. And for a space this small, real grass is more trouble than it's worth. By the way, don't be tempted to have a "putting green" installed. People often ask me why I didn't do that. It's because I wanted my backyard to look like a Tropical Paradise, not "Goony Golf".

No, companies don't pay me to say this stuff. I wish they did. But at the very least I wish that your yard wouldn't give me a headache to look at when I take off my sunglasses. Of course, I won't complain, especially if you're supplying the beer. 
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