Creating pet-friendly spaces in commercial areas is one way to increase foot traffic on your property in Phoenix. After all, many people around Phoenix are proud pet owners and there are only really a handful of places that allow guests to bring their pet along. Fortunately, creating pet-friendly areas around your commercial property has become much easier thanks to the use of artificial grass.
Artificial grass is a fantastic choice for creating a play area for both pets and their owners. Some of the most prominent reasons for this include:
- No need to use chemical pesticides and herbicides that are also harmful to pets
- No soil for pets to dig up and for your maintenance team to put back
- Artificial grass does not attract pests like fleas or ticks, keeping pets safe
- Artificial grass is a good shock absorber, making for softer landings in case pets fall while playing
If you are interested in creating pet-friendly areas using artificial grass, there are a few things you should keep in mind. Follow these tips to help you create a pet-friendly space that is sure to be the talk of the town:
Have Small Plastic Bags Available for Pet Excrement
It can be troublesome when pets decide to relieve themselves in a public space, even if the space is labeled as pet-friendly. To make matters worse, feces can discolor artificial grass if left unattended for a long period of time. As such, it may be to your advantage to have small plastic bags for pet feces available throughout the area so owners can quickly dispose of their pet’s feces. It would also be a good idea to have a designated trash can for pet feces so any unpleasant odors do not spread to unwanted areas.
Go for Lightweight Play Equipment
Adding play equipment for pets is entirely optional, but including them in a pet-friendly space is a great way to differentiate your space from the various parks around Phoenix. When choosing play equipment, try to choose equipment that is lightweight to avoid damaging the artificial grass. If you are planning to put more than a few pieces of play equipment, it may be a good idea to inform your artificial grass installer, like Sunburst Landscaping, ahead of time. This way, your installer can recommend the appropriate type of artificial grass.
Install Proper Water and Drainage System
One last thing you should keep in mind is that artificial grass tends to absorb and retain heat. However, this “issue” can easily be remedied by watering the artificial grass. Installing a sprinkler system is a quick way to lower the temperature of the grass during specific times of the day. Whether you decide to automate this or you assign a maintenance personnel, make sure you also have an appropriate drainage system installed to avoid puddles.
These are only a few tips to keep in mind when designing a pet-friendly space using artificial grass. For more tips, do not be afraid to consult your chosen artificial grass installer. They often have design teams that would be more than happy to help you design the perfect space.
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