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Synthetic Grass—Your Dog’s Next Best Friend

September 19, 2016

A trip to the dog park is a great way for your furry little friend to have fun and get a good workout. Synthetic grass makes that even easier. After a rainstorm, a field may be too sloppy for your pet to run around. The park itself might even be closed until the field improves. Synthetic grass, on the other hand, stands up to all types of weather. On top of that, it’s safer than real grass because there’s no risk of your buddy coming into contact with harmful lawn care products. You also don’t need to worry about bugs or germs. The San Francisco Bay Area’s synthetic grass experts, Watersavers Turf, offer a line of products that’s perfect for dog parks. 

Artificial Dog Grass Makes Dog Parks Affordable 

Cities and towns across the country are building spots where canines can roam free in the fresh air. Many cities have found that artificial dog grass is the best surface around. Regarding cost, taking care of real lawn makes it too hard to keep a dog park open. Dogs do a lot of damage to the ground, running across it all day long. Repairing it means spending a good amount of money on lawn care. Watering a field is also costly, and wastes a key natural resource. With artificial dog grass, cities can install parks that don’t cost much in taxes. As a result, more of them are now willing to build these areas. Artificial dog grass has made towns realize that they can afford to install them.

Faux Grass Brings Dog Park to San Francisco 

When you live in a big city like San Francisco, it can be tough to find spaces where your pets can run around. That’s why dog parks play such a key role in these areas. That said, cities need to find room for them in their budgets. In locations like the SF Bay Area, they also need to consider the drought. Saving water is a main concern, and putting up a new park may seem like a poor choice in that regard. It would be yet another public area that would need to be watered and maintained on a regular basis throughout the years.

Luckily, faux grass has helped to solve that problem. Just this summer, SF city officials unveiled a new dog play area in Lafayette Park at Pacific Heights.

According to park reps, the choice to use faux grass was key in making the play area possible. Phil Ginsburg, the Rec & Park GM, says, “Lafayette Dog Park is now a state-of-the-art dog play area that won’t have to be closed during the winter.”

Keeping a dog park open during the winter wasn’t something the city could manage before. The costs of upkeep were simply too high. Even if snow and ice were cleared away, the real grass was too damp for months at a time. Making a park a safe and clean place for dogs to play was simply too much of a challenge. Now, thanks to fake turf, that isn’t an issue. Both owners and their pets can enjoy the park every month of the year.

Dogs don’t stop needing exercise simply because the seasons have changed. Faux turf helps them get the outdoor fun they crave. It also helps cities find ways to build these parks without spending more money than they have in the budget.

Artificial Turf in Anaheim 

San Francisco isn’t the only city in the area where artificial turf has helped pets get some outdoor fun. This summer, Anaheim also opened its latest dog rec area, Olive Hills. Like in SF, the Anaheim park doesn’t use real grass as its main surface. Instead, it relies on artificial turf.

This has been a big change for the city. The land where the park stands was unused. Mayor Tom Tait went so far as to call it a “wasteland.”

Now, it’s being put to good use. Instead of spending huge sums of money on landscaping, the city was able to use artificial turf. This gave them a cost-effective way to transform an ugly space into a great resource for those living nearby.

In fact, artificial turf is perfect for all sorts of public parks. It’s great for sports fields, outdoor lounge areas, and walkways. To see why you should install it, get in touch with Watersavers Turf for a free estimate. We also offer free 1’ x 1’ samples, so you can see and feel our products before you install them. Stop by one of our SF Bay Area locations to learn more, or call us at 844-974-8873.

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