Does your Tampa/St. Pete lawn need a makeover?

Here are 5 fun idea’s on how EasyTurf’s Artificial Grass can improve your Tampa home

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EasyTurf’s Tampa artificial grass is low-maintenance, environmentally friendly and stays green for all year round! Also, EasyTurf helps homeowners decrease landscape water usage by up to 70%? EasyTurf offers the best solution in having a drought-tolerant lawn plus our unique multi-colored blades match the look & feel of real grass.

Sometimes it’s just not feasible for those on a budget to replace their entire lawn with artificial turf. Lawns can stretch for acres, and even with its water-saving elements, replacing a lawn solely with artificial turf can be a significant expenditure.

If you want to save money with a new lawn, your vision for a new front and backyard doesn’t have to mean covering your entire lawn in artificial turf. Thankfully, there are money-saving shortcuts that still employ the use of artificial grass, while combining other lively elements.

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Here are 4 ideas on how artificial grass can improve your Tampa home:

  1. Design your own Rock Garden
    Installing a rock garden alongside artificial turf is one of the easiest, cheapest, and most attractive ways to fill space in any front yard or backyard. A variation of garden rocks, crushed stone, and gravel can be assorted by color and organized into appealing designs, and are a great way to outline edible gardens, trees, and artificial turf.
  2. Create a Walkway
    Sizable blocks of stone can be found relatively cheap at home and garden outlets and are a cost-effective design element for outdoor space. And instead of cutting artificial turf to line the stone, use mulch to pad the stone steps a few feet on either side and then enclose the mulch with artificial turf. You can use large rocks, pebbles, and other basic elements in order to create gardens that require no plants at all. They create fun garden effects appealing to the eyes!
  3. Pavers and your Patio
    Instead of a single-toned grassy lawn, you can add an element of colorful relaxation by using pavers to morph a chunk of outdoor space into a budget-friendly patio. Depending on your design preferences, you can use brick, rustic stone, or even concrete blocks to spice up your open-air environment.
    Natural stone pavers complement any yard space and can be cut into shapes that fit the design of any patio or walkway. Pavers are perfect to place around fountains, fire pits and a great way to add elegance to an outdoor entertaining area.
  4. Break up Green Space with Mulch
    Using mulch alongside tampa artificial turf is an effective way to break up green space and make room for the garden of your dreams. As gardening’s secret weapon, mulch makes planting an edible garden, trees, or beautiful rows of flowers much healthier, contributing to soil fertility and weed control.
    Plus, mulch is incredibly cheap and like artificial turf, it doesn’t need much maintenance (if you buy organic mulch, you’ll need to re-mulch once annually). You can frame your favorite tree in mulch, create an eye-popping flowerbed, or use dark mulch to accent bright green bushes.
    Don’t forget to implement cost-effective artificial turf into your budget lawn ideas.
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Keeping Pets Safe In the Summer :: Tampa Bay, Florida

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Dogs and Kids love the dog days of summer but the heat can be dangerous.  Tampa Bay, Florida


It is hot-hot-HOT outside this summer!  If you’ve been watching the news lately, you know that many areas of the country are being hit with triple-digit temperatures.  According to NBC Nightly News, this is traditionally the hottest week of the year and the weather map clearly shows that.  Today, forty-seven states are expected to hit temperatures of 90 – or above.  Many cities have registered temperatures 5-10 degrees above average.  In fact, New York City could see the longest stretch of 90 plus degree temperatures in 11 years.  WOW.


The heat is downright dangerous for humans but what about our pets?   Unfortunately, it can be deadly for our precious four-legged friends.  Cats and dogs lack sweat glands, which help humans cool down by sweating.  While dogs might be hot while they play outside, they often keep playing, even as they experience heat stroke.  And the advanced stages of heat stroke cause organ failure, brain damage and sadly, even death.

 

To protect your favorite friends, take the following advice from the American Red Cross:

Never, ever, EVER leave your pet in the car, even for a few minutes.  The interior temperature of a car, even with the windows slightly lowered,  can quickly and easily reach 120 degree

Don’t take your pets out during the mid-day heat (typically from 10 am until 4 pm) for any kind of exercise, even a short walk.  Reserve early mornings and late evenings for exercise and walks.

·         Keep your pet hydrated.  Keep bowls of water available and check them often to ensure they are full.  Dogs tend to drink more during the hot weather, so hydration is crucial. 

·         Recognize the signs of heat stroke – heavy panting, dark red tongue and/or gums, rapid heartbeat, clumsy walking, bloody diarrhea, vomiting or seizures.  If a dog is lying down but is restless, that might also indicate heat stroke.

·         If you suspect your precious pet is having a heat stroke, offer him (or her) water to drink and use a water hose to wet him down.  You can also apply wet towels to paws and neck areas.  Don’t use ice water –  it can be dangerous.

·         Get to your veterinarian as quickly as possible.

 

You could literally save your pet’s life by remembering these tips and being attentive to his/her behavior during these H-O-T summer days!

 

AlternaScapes artificial grass the “Turf of Choice” for 2 Walt Disney World projects in Orlando, Florida

Over the summer of 2011, AlternaScapes installed over 16,000 square feet of EasyTurf artificial grass at two different Walt Disney World properties.

Walt Disney’s All Star Sports Resort had their existing poured in place rubber surface covered by over 14,900 square feet of synthetic turf by AlternaScapes.  This football field “mock-up” features several different colors of artificial turf to create the famous “Statue of Liberty” football play and the Mickey Mouse logo inside a shield outline.

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Walt Disney World’s Port Orleans Resort chose AlternaScapes to install our EasyTurf artificial grass for playground safety surfacing.  When we install our synthetic turf over our safety shock pad, our system meets the playground safety standards set by the Consumer Product Safety Commission and ASTM F1292-04 for providing the proper level of safety for up to a 10 foot critical fall height!  As with all of our artificial grass installations, EasyTurf meets and exceeds wheelchair accessibility standards as well.

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We believe we have an artificial grass solution for you!  Send us an email or call us at 1-800-445-2944 for more information and/or to sign up for a free estimate.

 

With artificial turf grass, what would my lawn look like in a few years?

This is a question that we get often, “What will it look like in a few years, after sun, weather and wear and tear?”  The answer, as you will see … is “Still soft, still lush, still green.”  Plus there was no need to water or mow or fertilize, for many years. (Think of the saved money and extra time!)

Below is a video from Tampa’s Fox 13 News about an artificial grass lawn we installed in Tampa Bay way back in 2001.  8 years later the artificial grass is just as green as it was when it was first installed.  The home owner still LOVES their artificial grass solution.   Please take a look, you may be surprised how long EasyTurf lasts and how good it looks. This is truly THE GRASS THAT LASTS™! (Be sure to note the yard next door … brown.)

We would love to answer any of your questions about anything to do with artificial turf. Feel free to send an email or give us a call at 800-445-2944.

AlternaScapes, Florida’s best artificial turf choice!

Hello and welcome to the new news blog for AlternaScapes! Florida’s best artificial turf choice. We are very excited that you are here and look forward to sharing news and information our amazing product line with you.

AlternaScapes represents EasyTurf, the largest and most successful artificial turf company in the world. In fact, their slogan is “The Greatest Turf on Earth”. Our diverse product lines offer you the ability to select a product that is uniquely designed to fit every need and application.

Authentic EasyTurf artificial turf for Florida

We offer artificial grass for a number of different applications – residential and commercial lawns, dog runs, playground surfacing, pet care facilities and even putting greens! If you have a problem area, chances are we have a turf that will solve your issue. And experience you can benefit from.

First impressions and curb appeal are tied into the landscaping of your property and a EasyTurf artificial grass lawn is a cleaner, more attractive lawn. Soft to the touch, lush and green in appearance, it is the perfect solution for difficult to maintain grass areas and areas that suffer due to foot traffic, pet use, too much shade or too little water.

An AlternaScape’s installation of EasyTurf synthetic turf can last 15 to 25 years and helps cut recurring landscape costs significantly. It’s environmentally friendly and is the ultimate in Green Building.

In our news blog, we’ll update you on exciting new projects and offer insights on how our products could solve your yard and landscape problems and enhance your property value while reducing maintence costs. Plus, we’ll offer ‘before’ and ‘after’ pictures, so you can see for yourself what an incredible difference EasyTurf can make.

So, please join us on our journey….and discover why EasyTurf, installed by AlternaScapes, is truly ‘The Greatest Turf on Earth’.

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