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Pet-Friendly Outdoor Living Spaces

Creating an Oasis for You and Your Pets

Article by Gretchen Pahia

Photography by Christine Andert—Picture Lady Photography LLC

Originally published in North Peoria Lifestyle

Nationwide, nearly 9 billion gallons of water are used daily for lawn maintenance. Especially in our dry climate, homeowners are always looking for ways to save resources. But what if you want the look of grass?

Across the Valley, one popular option for homeowners is artificial or turf grass, but those with pets often fear turf isn’t for them. Fortunately, that isn't the case according to Eric and Leslie Noyes, owners of Arizona’s Greenest Grass Turf Company (AZGreenestGrass.com).

The Arizona’s Greenest Grass Difference

So, what sets Arizona’s Greenest Grass apart from other turf companies in the Valley? 

“We utilize only the highest quality turf on the market, and our turf is made in the USA. It is also certified lead-free and toxin-free. Our expert installers take pride in their workmanship daily, and project managers inspect all the work during installation and after completion to ensure quality,” shares Noyes.

The company offers various products, including artificial turf, putting greens, pavers, travertine, decorative rock, garden planters and walls, outdoor lighting, and a specialty pet turf system.

Is the specialty pet system worth the additional cost? Noyes says yes. 

“If pet owners purchase the right turf, they can have a lawn that is suited for their pets but also looks beautiful. Pet urine will inhibit grass growth and even kill it. To avoid brown patches, artificial turf is a great alternative. Many companies market “pet-friendly turf,” but it may be missing many of the qualities of actual pet turf. Our specially-designed turf is great for pets.”

Pet Turf Differs from Pet-Friendly Turf

Noyes stresses that homeowners want to choose an actual pet turf instead of a pet-friendly turf. Some of the things you should be on the lookout for when it comes to specialty pet turf are:

  • Permeable backing designed for fluids to flow through easily and not sit on top (drainage of 400+ gallons per minute/per square yard)
  • Triple-reinforced for durability

  • Designed for high-traffic areas

  • Low pile height for easy clean-up

  • Certified lead-free

  • TigerCool technology (or similar) which is up to 15% cooler than surrounding surfaces

Also, insist on infill that is the least harmful to your pets. It should have all of the following characteristics:

  • Non-toxic and non-absorbent

  • Microban antimicrobial protection proven to disrupt bacteria growth

  • Neutralizes ammonia/deodorizer

  • 100% environmentally safe

You Get What You Pay For

Although the initial cost of a pet-turf system may cause homeowners to pause, Noyes stresses it is a good solution.

“The initial cost of turf is higher than grass. However, the upkeep of natural grass is both expensive and time-consuming. If one invests in high-quality turf, they can expect it to last for 10 to 15 years and even beyond depending on the turf chosen and how the area is utilized.“ 

Noyes adds that upkeep with any turf, whether regular turf or the pet turf system, is low. Homeowners can use a blower or plastic rake to remove leaves or debris. There may be occasional weeding around the edges, but if the turf is installed correctly, weeds shouldn’t grow through the turf at any point.

“Maintaining synthetic grass is almost too easy,” shares Noyes. “No more edging, mowing, fertilizing, or re-seeding. You don’t have to worry about broken sprinkler heads, evaporation, or water runoff into the streets. It is simple and fast to take care of.” 

Noyes adds that the maintenance amount will depend on the specific situation. If you have pets or children, are surrounded by trees, or live near a dusty area, you might need more clean-up effort.  

Not only is turf low maintenance, but it can also improve the overall beauty of your outdoor space year-round—and provide a happy play place for the children and pets in your life.

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