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Landscaping with Synthetic Grass

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How do you get the attractive look of a lawn without its maintenance, water consumption, and yearly expenses? Synthetic grass is an increasingly popular landscaping alternative. It is also a highly versatile product that can be used alongside a number of outdoor design features. Here are a few ways to make synthetic grass work with the yard of your dreams:

Flowers, Bushes, and Trees

You can’t plant flowers and such underneath synthetic grass. However, you can work these features around the grass. Experiment with raised flower beds. Here, the plants are separated from the synthetic grass with small decorative fences, walls of brick, or stones.

For trees, have a grass-free zone around the base of the trunk and keep an eye out for protruding roots. These might rip your artificial turf. Finally, keep your beds and bushes weeded. This way your artificial lawn and all-natural greenery will coexist.

Water Features

Synthetic grass is an excellent material to put around pools, fountains, and other water features. It does not corrode, get slippery, or grow hot under the sun. This makes it safer and more comfortable to walk on than many other landscaping materials. Another bonus: splashed water will rinse the nearby synthetic grass, saving you a little maintenance.

Children’s Play Spaces

Do you have active children who wear themselves out running around the yard? Synthetic grass is resistant to damage from blowing bubbles, water balloon fights, and more. However, it may need to be ‘fluffed’ up if walked on repeatedly.

For high traffic areas or around the children’s playhouse and jungle gym, set out fun steppingstones or trails. You can also transition from artificial grass to gravel, sand, or other soft yet durable materials.

Patios and BBQ Pits

Planning to entertain outdoors? Your BBQ pit should be surrounded by attractive tiles or stones, wide enough to catch any errant embers. Meanwhile, patios give you the opportunity to lay out a hardwood deck or masonry surface. The warm natural shades of these materials can create a beautiful contrast with the natural greens of your synthetic grass.

Pet Friendly Zones

Your synthetic grass may be so realistic that your dog or cat can’t resist ‘testing it out.’ Liquid waste can be rinsed away with a hose, but solid waste may need to be manually picked up. Cats could also tear the turf if they try to sharpen their claws on it.

If you want to accommodate your dog or cat in the yard, create a pet-friendly zone that is more tempting to the animal than the grass. Some options includescratching posts, mazes and kitty climbing towers, and areas with easy-to-dig wood chips, sand, or gravel.

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