Growing tropical-looking plants in the Phoenix, Arizona area. With a wiener dog.

January 28, 2015

Caring for artificial turf in Phoenix, Arizona

I've had artificial turf here at The Tropical Paradise in Glendale, Arizona (a suburb of Phoenix) for eight years now, almost as long as I've had Macintosh, the good little wiener dog. And I am glad that I have them both.

The artificial turf, aside from looking great, takes the absolute minimum of maintenance. In fact, I just spent five minutes taking care of it, which is to to blow it with a small rechargeable blower. Obviously, it doesn't need mowing, or watering, or anything like that, and unlike a paved surface, it looks fine with a few stray leaves on it. And, unlike a gravel surface, it's friendly to walk on. I have a bad ankle, and gravel surfaces can be as slippery as ice to me, and just as deadly. My artificial turf is great to walk on.

I know what you're thinking - what about the dog? Yep, she can do her business on it - the artificial turf is perforated, so her piddle goes through it, and I have a pooper-scooper around the side yard.

So, as you can see, there isn't much work to be done in the yard, except for the constant surveillance for geckos (actually wall lizards) that Macintosh is always doing!
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