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Pet grass is an often-overlooked option for homeowners with four-legged friends, but it offers low maintenance, lower lifetime cost, a lush look year-round, and low water requirements, which is environmentally friendly. Photo: Synthetic Grass Pros

My eleven-pound Maltipoo has a knack for being naughty in the backyard the moment I’m not looking. Last year, she managed to dig a hole almost a foot deep in 20 minutes and was sitting in it, covered in dirt and ecstatic, when I went to check on her.

This story probably sounds familiar to dog owners everywhere, who regularly deal with muddy paws and destructive digging in their backyards. Add this to the ever-present North Texas issues of water restrictions, high maintenance in warm months, ugly brown grass in cold months, and grass allergies, and the yard becomes a pain-in-the-rear.

Enter pet grass, a synthetic alternative that eliminates all of those issues, and you have a beautiful solution.

“Conservation Grass is a terrific solution for pets in that it solves the problems of wear and muddy paws,” said Bryce Bartlett, Director of Sales for of Dallas-based Conservation Grass. “Our business has been growing consistently over the past couple of years as more and more homeowners are realizing the benefits that synthetic grass can provide.”

Pet grass used to have a host of problems, like poor drainage, rubber ingredients that absorbed odor, unrealistic all-green color, and too-short lifespan. But many modern applications have addressed those concerns.

“As with all synthetic grass applications, the base preparation is critical to ensure proper drainage and performance, but when selecting a synthetic pet grass, it is absolutely essential to be sure that the backing us permeable and that the blades are polypropylene,” Bartlett said. “This will ensure that there is no absorption in the grass that would cause odors from pet use. The permeability of our patented backing material allows water and urine to pass through, unlike other brands on the market, which use a black plastic or perforated backing that may trap and create odors.”

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Now is the time to start planning your backyard pool, says Harold Leidner. Find out why winter is a great time to get started.

Well, the holidays are over, it’s cold outside, and everyone is back to work and school. Now it’s back to the grind and the long haul till spring break. Maybe you’ve been thinking about putting in a pool, or maybe you’ve been remembering those warm summer days and how nice it would have been to have a pool in the backyard? You are not alone, but is now the time to start thinking about getting that pool project? We asked our friends over at Harold Leidner Landscape Architects to suggest a few reasons why you might want to get that project going.
Jump to see five reasons why you should start building your backyard oasis right now!

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Realtors know it, builders know it, sellers know it, and you can be sure buyers pay attention to it, too. Curb appeal is an essential component to selling a house. Whether viewing a house online via photos, or driving through a neighborhood, the first impression is made from the street and with the landscaping.

Of course, our friends over at Harold Leidner Landscape Architects certainly know this well. They deal in curb appeal by designing and creating some of the most distinctive properties in the Dallas area. As an example, here are a few of their projects that are on the market now and certainly have the “Wow!” factor upon arrival. 

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This weekend’s NCAA Final Four is in Arlington, and this major sporting event will bring some national focus and many visitors to the Dallas-Fort Worth area. Since many of these fans and members of the media may be from colder climates, and since spring has officially sprung here in Dallas, we wanted to suggest some outside destinations to consider in between games, or in case (heaven forbid!) their team loses early. Hopefully the weather will provide some opportunity to sneak out.
For these suggestions, we sought out the talented staff at Harold Leidner Landscape Architects  and asked them to provide a list of places they would suggest or that they might take their friends in family when they visit. Here are a few of the sites they suggested:

Now that summer is in full swing and the Texas heat has arrived, we hope everyone with a swimming pool is able to enjoy a few moments of cooling refreshment and relaxation in and around the water. For those that are just wishing for a pool or considering adding one to their property, we’ve asked renowned landscape architect Harold Leidner to show us a few of his top pool designs and some of the most popular pool features that he is incorporating for his clients.

Fountains and Water Features

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Including fountains and water features in a pool design helps to add elements of visual interest, create an ambiance of soothing background noise to drown out neighbors or nearby traffic, and can provide a cooling factor to the air around the pool. There are many different kinds of water features such as waterfalls, bubbler jets, canon jets, laminar jets, sprays, weirs, sheer descents, rain curtains, and spillways — all of which can enhance any
pool with the many shapes and sounds of water.

Fire Features

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Fire is one of the most dramatic and impactful elements you can add to any pool, which will certainly crank up the “wow” factor. Not only will it create a striking, visual contrast to the water, but will help extend the outdoor season into the fall and winter and is certain to always draw a crowd when entertaining.

Technology, Automation, and Energy Efficiency

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Along with home automation, the technological capabilities of controlling, monitoring and maintaining a swimming pool have also become much easier as they can now be managed with a smartphone or tablet. With apps on your iPhone and iPad, you can easily control and turn on all aspects of your pool (spa, lights, fountains, etc.) on demand and from anywhere. Energy efficiency has also come to the forefront for swimming pools and equipment. With the advancements of LED pool lighting, variable speed pumps, and more efficient heaters, the power demands to run a pool are greatly reduced and can help impact that monthly electrical bill. The color capabilities of LED lighting can also allow you to tailor the color of the pool to any mood or for any party setting.

Infinity and Negative Edge Pools

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One of the more dramatic and most-requested features is an infinity or negative edge pool. These pools eliminate the traditional coping and bring water right to the edge. They are typically associated with a sloping property or dramatic views, but can be used in many different aspects to create a spectacular detail around the pool. Zero edge or gutter pools are also another similarly styled edge effect that can create an unique presentation for the typical pool surround.

Tile

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One of the most popular ways to elevate the look and feel of a pool is by incorporating a tile finish. With thousands of colors, patterns, and textures to choose from, a tile finish (specifically in a smaller scale tile (3/4”-1” square) can add an exquisite level of visual detail. The touch and feel of a glass tile is also much easier on the skin and adds an extra level of sensory feel when in the water. From solid mixes, to colorful blends and even mosaic patterns, an all-tile pool is sure to turn an average pool into a showstopper.

Fun Factor and Entertainment

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The swimming pool is an obvious attraction and gathering place for friends and family, and there are many additional opportunities to add some outdoor amenities that may help keep the kids and family together and enrich the outdoor experience. In the audio/video realm, there are floating speakers and even underwater speakers to keep the music flowing along with projection screens to let you host your own dive-in movie. Additionally, there are many other recreational elements that can be included such as volleyball nets, basketball goals, slides, swings, swim jets, and even climbing walls.

Ready to start designing the pool of your dreams? Contact the talented staff at Harold Leidner Landscape Architects to guide you through the process and ensure a fabulous pool you’ll love that will add value to your home.