pet grass

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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QM And QRM Dodd Frank

The real estate landscape is constantly changing, thanks to a regulatory environment that is learning from its past. After the housing bubble burst, fueled by the sub-prime lending market crash, lawmakers were in a frenzy to control the damage. The question is, though, with regulatory belt-tightening, will there be unintended consequences? How can this actually prevent homeowners from going underwater?

That’s where staying up-to-date comes into play, and there are few experts better versed in the new mortgage alphabet soup than the folks at Guardian Mortgage. If you haven’t the faintest clue as to what QM, QRM, and Dodd-Frank are, then perhaps you should read this fantastic article from Guardian themselves:

The Dodd-Frank Consumer Protection Act, which was signedinto law in July 2010, was designed to restore consumer confidence in the housing industry. The law establishes requirements, referred to as Qualifed Mortgage (QM) and Qualifed Residential Mortgages (QRM) that must be met before a mortgage, new or refinanced, can be created.

Need to bone up? Read the whole article from Guardian Mortgage.