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Make Your Garden More Dog-Friendly with Artificial Pet Turf

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Does your dog have a habit of uprooting plants and digging up holes in your yard, so much so that you’re considering leaving your property bare of anything green? Consider using artificial pet turf. Synthetic grass for pets is highly resilient against canine-induced damage. Read on to get the lowdown on its advantages.

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DIY Petscape: 7 Essential Tools for Installing Artificial Grass for Pets

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Tired of your dog bringing dirt into your house, but don’t want to sacrifice their running space? Build a petscape using quality artificial grass for pets! Synthetic turf is the perfect alternative to natural grass — it’s dirt-free, easy to maintain, and comes with a reliable drainage system!

Looking to save on cost by doing the installation yourself? Using the right tools may mean the difference between artificial grass that constantly needs upkeep and turf that lasts all year-long.

7 Tools You’ll Need to Install Synthetic Turf for Pets

Make sure your turf is installed to last for decades with the right equipment. Here are seven tools you’ll need to successfully install artificial grass for your pets and ensure a perfect finish:

  1. Turf Cutter

One of the most essential tools, a turf cutter is a self-propelled machine used to cut layers of soil and grass to reveal the ground underneath. Get this from your local tool hire shops for a small cost, and say goodbye to painstaking digging.

  1. Pick

Easily reach all spots of the lawn with a reliable pick. Use it to remove big rocks and tree stumps and scrape away the turf as easily and quickly as possible.

  1. Wheelbarrow

Preparing the ground is the most significant aspect of any grass project. With a wheelbarrow, you no longer have to spend a big chunk of your precious time carrying rolls of turf in and out of your garden. A wheelbarrow will help you take out excavations from the garden and easily put aggregates in the sub-base.

  1. Shovel

This tool allows you to clear the space from stones and branches and distribute your base material across the lawn space before laying out your synthetic grass for dogs. A shovel can also be used to fill up the wheelbarrow with aggregates for the sub-base.

  1. Hammer

A hammer is needed to place nails or pins around your lawn’s border. For your convenience, use a hammer that has a long handle to drive in longer turf nails easily.

  1. Tape Measure

A tape measure ensures accurate measurement of your turf layout. Remember to review your measurements from time to time to ensure that you have sufficient grass for covering the whole area. To make sure that all bases are covered with synthetic turf, it is recommended that you add 12 to 24 inches to the measurements.

  1. Scissors

Keep sharp scissors close-by when working on your artificial lawn. This comes in handy when you need to trim grass blades from time to time or trim raised fibers along the length of the join.

Have All Tools at Your Disposal

Having a complete set of turf installation tools will ensure that you have your artificial grass petscape finished on time. To get all the tools and artificial turf accessories you need, visit Artificial Turf Express’ showroom at 370 Umbarger Rd, Suite B, San Jose, California, and our staff will be glad to assist you!

 
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Water Conservation Is Getting Creative

Water Conservation Is Getting Creative

Water conservation is more the norm these days than in past decades, but that doesn’t mean you or your lawn need to suffer to do the right thing. There are easy, simple things you can do to conserve your most valuable resource. This is especially true in a drought.

From changing your landscaping to installing rain catchers, there are several ways to make the most of the water you have.

Changing Your Plants

Sure, the water-thirsty roses are beautiful, but not practical for hot, dry climates. Many homeowners are finding they can have thriving, blooming yards with native and drought-resistant plants. It is best to start with native plants that can thrive in your area. You may want to try a theme, like a cacti garden.

Other options are a variety of grasses, low blooming shrubs, herbs, and vegetables like broccoli or tomatoes. The bonus is you can eat what you grow! You can add other elements like boulders, pebbles and potted plants to add beauty and keep water conservation in mind.

Getting Rid of Natural Grass

Everyone knows natural grass needs constant watering. Even then, it could still turn brown and dry especially in the winter or in a drought. There are weeds that grow and it needs constant care. You need to get rid of it.

There are several alternatives to natural grass. You can reduce green yard space with concrete patios, wood decks, flagstone walkways, and a vegetable garden. You can also use pebbles and rocks to expand garden areas, create large expanded patio areas and for walkways.

While these are good, cost-effective ideas, they won’t give you the green grass you like. The best alternative for those who want that look is artificial grass. Artificial turf will give you the beauty you crave without watering or heavy-handed maintenance.

Synthetic grass looks and feels like real grass, so the kids and pets can run around on it without noticing any difference. It stays plush all year long, so you will have a constant beautiful lawn. The best part is it is low maintenance. There’s no mowing, no weed-whipping, no pesticides, no fertilizer to put out. It is great for water conservation because it needs no water. The only water you will use is a spray hose to wash away your pet’s urine or a stain from fecal matter.

Recycling Water

There are several low-cost and attractive waters to do this. You can install rain catchers along your drain spouts or near a patio and use the rainwater on your plants and garden.

You can use buckets to catch water in showers and sinks that typically goes down the drain while you’re waiting for it to turn hot. This water can be used to water plants, put in bird baths, or even to wash your car.

Wait until your dishwasher is full before you run it. Also, forget about prewashing. Today’s smart dishwashers reportedly work better if the dishes have food on them.

You can wash your laundry less often too. Towels can be used more than once or twice if you hang them up to dry after your shower. Bed sheets can go a little longer also, really up to two weeks before they need changing. Some clothes, like sweaters, shirts, and dresses can typically be worn more than once before they need washing.

Most people understand how important water conservation is, but many don’t know where to start. Implementing these ideas will make a difference not only in your water use but in your water bill too.

 
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3 Top Tips For Creating A Drought-Tolerant Garden

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You can have your beautiful garden, even in a drought. The secret to a drought-tolerant garden is to plan it out. The result is lovely vegetables, flowers, and plants that will make your heart happy.

Creating a drought-tolerant garden takes some research and creativity, but it can be done fairly simply. Below are some tips to get you started.

Pick Natural Plants

The best plants for areas that experience drought on a regular basis are those that already grow and thrive there. There are many types of plants that work well in desert conditions. That includes cacti but goes well beyond that to grasses, certain trees, and flowers.

If you want a vegetable garden, you should experiment with things like peppers, cabbage, broccoli, a variety of beans and even tomatoes. All grow well in a drought. Be sure to see how much water a plant will need to grow before you start planting. It is important to be picky about what plants you place in your drought-tolerant garden.

Set Space to Hold Water

A key factor in creating a drought-tolerant garden is creating a space that will retain water. This can be done by using certain products. Small rocks placed in the bottom of the plant bed helps. Creating pots or troughs to plant your garden will also go a long way to holding water rather than it draining away through the ground. They will also help in conserving water too because they are a contained space you can water directly rather than use a sprinkler or irrigation system.

Organic compost helps hold moisture well and provide nourishment to plants as they grow. Topping the soil with mulch or pea rocks will help reduce weeds and helps water flow deeper into the soil.

Water Rules

The secret to proper watering is when and how you do it rather than how much you do it. The absolutely best time to water your garden is early in the morning before the sun is hot enough to cause evaporation. Another good time is at dusk, so the water has time to settle before the sun shines again. However, the problem with dusk watering is it can cause some mildew because of the number of hours the water sits before sunrise.

Another factor is to water deeply and for longer periods of time, but not as often. Watering every day for short periods does virtually nothing to help your plants because water remains on the surface. It needs to get to the roots. Watering deeply for a length of time will help your plants fare much better. It could actually result in less water being used also.

Another trick is to put a pipe leading into the roots where you can water directly into the pipe rather than on the surface. This is especially good for trees and vegetables.

Finally, you can redirect your water use to your drought-tolerant garden by installing artificial grass around it and in other parts of your yard. Since you don’t water artificial grass, you can use more water on your live plants. A border of artificial grass around your garden will help reduce weeds in it as well. Learn 5 other drought problems artificial grass can solve.

Changing a few simple habits and implementing some new methods will help you have the garden you’ve always dreamed of in spite of what Mother Nature does.