Is Artificial Turf Right for Your Yard?

We all want our yards to be an oasis that greets us with warmth, style, and charm as we drive home from work, and we need it to be a place that surrounds us with peace when we are puttering around on weekends and vacations. The beauty of a yard filled with rich green grass and colorful flowers stands out against the solid structure of our homes, but is grass really the right choice in the desert? Requiring an excess amount of our region’s most precious resource, we often find ourselves wishing there was a way to still enjoy our yards without the work and water required, and the only other option, a desert landscape, just doesn’t appeal.

We at New Image Landscape and Pools, however, have yet another option, one that requires no water, no work, and still offers that verdant and lush green that will make your yard one that people fall in love with. We are talking about artificial turf, a surface that has changed greatly over the years. This guide to whether artificial turf is the right choice for your Arizona yard will give you a better picture as to what to expect!

Realistic and Beautiful

If you have ever taken an evening walk and noticed a yard that shines brighter than the others in the neighborhood, looking lush and full with no flaws, chances are you were observing a lawn topped with artificial turf. Today’s turf has come a long way from the stiff plastic you are used to associating with artificial grass and offers a lot of benefits, not just requiring absolutely no water! Other than an occasional hose down to clear off debris, you won’t need to spend your precious weekend hours slaving over the lawn, only to still find spots that are brown, or worrying about how to get it to grow in the shade of that evergreen elm that adds interest and coolness to your landscape. Every day when you pull into the driveway, your yard will be lush, green, and appealing, and every weekend you can spend all your free hours sitting and sipping in the shade of your patio, instead of working hard to keep it looking this amazing!

People with allergies can say goodbye to sneezing and eyes that are red and itchy, and because today’s turf is made with non-toxic materials, you never have to worry about poisoning the environment! Your baby can play happily on the grass, exploring her environment without mom having to worry that something will make her ill, and because the surface is smooth and easy to navigate, learning to walk on the turf is easy and safe!

The variety of turf available to be purchased also ensures that you will find the one that is perfect for your needs, especially if you have pets. And yes, dog owners can appreciate the simplicity of artificial turf, which just needs to be hosed down for cleaning and is virtually impenetrable, meaning your dog won’t be able to dig holes or chew on the edges! There are even height differences in the turfs available, allowing for a putting green in the backyard which requires a much shorter length than what you might prefer in the front. Weight differences, color differences, and density differences are just a few more of the options you will be choosing from when you decide to add artificial turf to your landscape, so be prepared to make a few decisions in the early stages of the process, but once it is installed, life promises to be easy and smooth!

Other Considerations for Your Arizona Yard

Not all yards will be ideal for the use of artificial turf, and these items are important to consider during the initial decision making process. If your home is large and the lot is small, the heat from window glare can actually burn the grass, making it not a great choice for your yard. If you don’t think you will be proactive cleaning up after your pets, the smell can linger, decreasing your enjoyment of your environment and causing issues with the neighbors. And remember, we live in the desert, which means summers will be hot and your turf may hold that heat, making it a little more difficult to walk on barefoot, potentially making your yard a little hotter than the ones around yours.

Make Your Yard the Talk of the Town

The decision to utilize artificial turf is a very personal one and if you are thinking that this may be the way to go, give us a call today! The things we have discussed today are just the tip of the iceberg and we want to ensure that you fall in love with the yard of your dreams with absolutely no reservations!

Summer Water Saving Tips & Secrets

We live differently in the desert than in other parts of the world. We hibernate during the summer, staying inside as much as possible, and spend our winter months playing outside and sleeping with the windows open. We normally have an overabundance of sunlight, and in the summer a giant wall of dust is often spotted moving towards the valley. And because we recognize water as being more precious than gold, we have had to learn how to thrive on less in our gardens, our yards, and even in our homes! At New Image Landscape and Pools, we don’t believe you have to have a sterile and boring landscape even when you lessen your water usage. This guide to summer water saving secrets will help you with your mission to conserve more and still have the yard and garden of your dreams.

Explore the Beauty of Cacti

You live in the desert, so there’s no reason to feel ashamed of having a desert landscape. Cacti come in an extensive variety of shapes, sizes, and colors! From the signature cactus of Arizona, the massive saguaro, to the Blossfeldia liliputana—the smallest cactus in the world, measuring just millimeters across—this beautiful and water saving plant can make a distinctive presence in your yard. For those who want flowers, many cacti bloom in the spring, and for those who are worried about their children getting hurt, there are varieties that don’t have any stickers at all! Start your yard with a base of gravel, then plant a saguaro in the front corner, a few barrel cacti over in the back corner, and in place of a fence, plant a row of Mexican fence post cacti along the boundary between your yard and your neighbor’s for privacy!

Hardy Desert Plants

Of course, many of us are transplants from the Midwest, and the thought of a lush garden filled with plants and flowers makes our hearts beat a little faster! Fortunately, not all desert landscapes have to consist of crushed gravel, prickly cacti, and a few tumbleweeds doing their thing. There are many hardy desert plants that provide lush greenery and colorful blooms that last through most seasons! From the different varieties of sage plants to the cheerful beauty of a desert marigold, your yard can be as verdant and lush as an English garden with these water saving tips!

Accentuate with Hardscape

Building a gazebo, adding a shed, or even constructing a retaining wall in hillier locations may not seem like a water saving technique, until you consider that the more hardscape items that are in your yard, the less green space is left for gardens or grass! There’s no need to water your summer kitchen and painting a gazebo a cheerful barn red can provide the color you crave without necessitating more watering!

Consider Artificial Turf

Today’s fake grasses are not the ones of your parent’s time. In many cases, it’s nearly impossible to tell the difference between real and fake! And because it doesn’t fade, flatten, or change in length, it doesn’t just save water, it also saves you from frustration as it saves you time. There are a few disadvantages to this type of turf, however, first and foremost being price—especially in comparison to the cost of seeding or even sod for the real stuff. Costing between $5 to $20 per yard (installed), it could be prohibitively expensive for a large yard, especially when you consider it’s not a forever choice. With proper care it can last up to 20 years, though, so if you’re planning on staying on your property for a lifetime, you might want to skip the artificial turf.

Invest in an Automatic Sprinkler System

These systems are lifesavers when it comes to saving time and keeping your yard and plants alive, but did you also know they are water saving devices? Owners can program the systems to allow for just the right amount of watering, ensuring not a drop of water is wasted, but that’s not the only ways these systems save money. Many systems detect rain and will turn off when Mother Nature is taking her turn at watering your grass and plants! Costing a little more at first, the benefits of being able to have a lush and verdant yard while manage to conserve one of our most precious resources cannot be appreciated enough!

Easy to Do Water Saving Tips

It may take a little extra planning at first, but saving water is an easy thing to do, and we can help you create a landscape that is both bountiful and water saving! Give us a call today and we will work together to ensure you get the yard of your dreams without wasting a drop of H2O.

Artificial Grass Benefits

Whether you don’t have the time to keep up the proper maintenance on your yard or you are sick of watering your lawn every day, you may want to consider switching to artificial grass. Artificial lawns can save you time and money and they look great year-round. Here are some of the benefits of switching to an artificial lawn.

Artificial Grass Saves Water

Artificial lawns save a ton of water. In Arizona, especially during the summer, you need to water your lawn daily to make sure it stays alive and looking well. An artificial lawn doesn’t need water, which will help keep your water bill down, and you won’t have to worry about your yard dying if you forget to water it for a few days.

Artificial Grass Is Low Maintenance

Our artificial grass requires almost no maintenance to keep it looking good. You will never have to mow your lawn again, and you can get rid of all the grass seed and fertilizer in your garage if you decide to make the switch to artificial lawns. While artificial lawns aren’t zero maintenance, the upkeep is minimal and only includes washing down your lawn if it looks dusty or dirty and raking up any large debris.

Artificial Grass Spaces Are Environmentally Friendly

In general, artificial lawns are more environmentally friendly than live lawns. Artificial grass does not require water to stay alive, so you don’t have to feel guilty watering your lawn during a drought, and they do not require fertilizer to stay alive. Live lawns sometimes need fertilizer to look healthy year-round, and this fertilizer can release potentially toxic chemicals into the environment. Artificial lawns do not require lawn mowing, so you also reduce your environmental impact by not turning on your gasoline-powered mower.

Your Yard Will Look Beautiful Year Round

The summers in Arizona are hot, but during the winter temperatures at night can cool down, which means you may need to plant two different types of grass seeds to make your lawn look good year-round. With an artificial lawn, you will save both time and money since you can skip the need to overseed your lawn each winter.

Artificial Grass Will Save You Time and Money

Artificial lawns do not require as much maintenance as live lawns, which means you will spend a lot less money on fertilizer, grass seed for your lawn, and gasoline for your lawnmower. Less maintenance also means you have more time to spend with your family instead of spending time keeping your lawn alive.

Artificial Grass Services

We have been in the landscaping business in Arizona for more than 30 years and can provide all of the services you need for your garden spaces, from planning to installation and upkeep. If you would like to learn more about getting an artificial lawn for your home, please contact New Image today!

The Benefits of Astroturf for Your Home

A beautiful lawn is the single most important aspect to a landscape that looks lush and inviting. It can also be the most difficult aspect to create and maintain. A beautiful lawn requires consistent mowing, fertilization, and watering. But did you know that you can achieve this amazing look without all of the hassle of implementing real grass in your landscape? This is easily and affordably accomplished with Astroturf. There are countless reasons to make AstroTurf for your home a part of your landscape today!

Consistently Beautiful Grass

It often seems there is no way to keep an attractive lawn during the brutal summer months in the valley. Whether the grass is getting too much shade or it is simply being bullied by intense sunshine, it tends to become an unattractive yellow color. Both of these problems are things of the past when you have AstroTurf. As the lawn is artificial, it maintains the exact same beautiful green color and consistency regardless of any conditions that the Arizona seasons can throw at it. And there are many options in Astroturf design from the color to the texture, so you can make sure that the turf that goes in is perfect for your landscape and home.

Less Upkeep

From laying manure in the winter to constantly mowing in the summer, natural grass lawns require a lot of attention. When you make Astroturf a part of your landscape, you are bidding farewell to the countless hours of maintenance that you are used to. Think of all the time you have spent maintaining that natural lawn, and think about how it could be better spent enjoying a beautiful landscape in which the grass is always pristine. It is this benefit alone that has prompted so many to switch to AstroTurf. Artificial turf also allows for the ability to avoid the use of chemicals and pesticides in areas where your family spends time.

Lower Water Bills With Astroturf for Your Home

Your savings do not stop with avoided fertilizer, mowing, and manure expenses, but extend to your water bill. Your average natural grass lawn requires thousands of gallons of water every year. With Astroturf, you will notice the savings on your water bill every single month. It is also good for the environment in which we live; it is a desert, after all.

With over 35 years of experience turning countless properties into desert oases, there is no one better to trust with your AstroTurf design and installation than the experts at New Image Landscape and Pools.