This blog is about growing tropical-looking plants in the Phoenix, Arizona area

July 25, 2013

Artificial turf in The Tropical Paradise

I had artificial turf installed here at The Tropical Paradise seven years ago. I resisted the impulse to make it a putting green, or anything goofy like that. What I wanted was the look of green grass, and that's what I got. I am very happy with it.

One of the advantages of artificial turf is that you never need to mow it. Today it will be over 100 degrees and it rained last night, so a lot of people will either go out and try to mow their wet grass, or more likely, let it get terrible and scraggly. Even when I was much younger, doing this kind of stuff didn't interest me.

And yes, the rain seeps through it. It's perforated, so Macintosh, the good little wiener dog, can piddle on it. The "grass" is always neatly trimmed, so there is no danger of stepping in her poop, although it is very small. I go out with a pooper-scooper every day, and when it's not raining, I hose it down every once in a while.

If you're tempted to get artificial turf, do so. Select a small area as an "oasis". And don't be tempted to install it yourself. This was done right, by pros, and that's why it looks so good so many years later. And it actually looks a little better, and more realistic, with neglect, which is cool. Nowadays I see that they make the kind that has little "dead" pieces of grass, which tones down the artificial turf look. I'm just lazy about it, and that's how I make mine look its best.
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