Chandler residents petitioning HOA to allow artificial turf

Posted: Aug 10, 2017 10:37 PM CST Updated: Aug 11, 2017 12:21 AM CST


Many people are switching from real grass landscapes to artificial turf because of lower water usage and less maintenance. But some Chandler residents can’t because their homeowners’ association won’t allow it.

“We couldn’t keep it green, our water bills were very high,” said Cathy Isenberg, citing some reasons why she switched.

She said her tree in the front yard provides a lot of shade, so the grass doesn’t grow. She didn’t want brown grass anymore, so she switched to artificial turf – not knowing it went against the Ocotillo Community Association’s design guidelines.

“We’re required to have 50 percent of the front yard and 50 percent of the backyard grass, and two trees, so that’s quite a bit of water,” Isenberg said.

Even though the City of Chandler offers rebates for low water use landscaping, this community says, “Any type of artificial flower, plant, tree or turf is not permitted when Visible from Neighboring Property.”

A neighbor who put the synthetic stuff in his backyard, which was allowed because it’s out of view, told us his water bill went down 50 percent.

Isenberg said after she got a call from the HOA, asking for the installation of the artificial turf to be halted, she set up a meeting.

“We had a meeting with the HOA, and a week later they told us no,” Isenberg said.

So she started a petition to present to the HOA board, to allow artificial turf as an option.

“We’ve got several online signatures,” she said. “So far, I think we’re up to 175.”

Rich Slagle, a homeowner near Isenberg, put in artificial turf four years ago, also unaware of the rules. He took the HOA to court, and he lost. He had to re-install real grass and pay the HOA’s attorneys fees.

“Probably the tune of $40,000-plus,” Slagle said.

“Why anyone would prohibit that is beyond me,” said State Senator John Kavanagh.

He introduced a bill last session saying HOAs couldn’t prohibit artificial grass, but “the association may reject or require the removal of a member’s artificial grass if the artificial grass creates a health or safety issue that the member does not correct.”

It died in committee.

“The chairman of the Rules Committee philosophically believed that if you’re in an HOA, you’re in a contractual relationship you enter into, and you have to obey the rules no matter what,” Kavanagh said. “I disagree with this because sometimes the rules are wrong.”

He said he may try to introduce it again once committee leadership changes.

Isenberg said she hopes she doesn’t have to wait that long.

“The HOA is supposed to be representing its residents, and I feel that certain individuals are sitting there not recognizing what we would like to have our community offer,” she said.

We emailed board members individually and showed up to their office. The general manager for the Ocotillo Community Association emailed us this statement:

“Thank you for reaching out and giving the association an opportunity to participate in this conversation.  An official response on behalf of the Board of Directors requires review and approval by all members of the Board, and unfortunately, some of the Board members are on vacation and unavailable to participate on such short notice.  If a follow up at a later date would be beneficial the Board would very much appreciate the opportunity to provide a statement regarding their position on this issue.”

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New Orleans investigating possibility of artificial grass to protect St. Charles Avenue neutral grounds

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Dense crowds line St. Charles Avenue during the Krewe of Iris parade in 2017. Officials are investigating whether artificial grass could better protect the grass along the neutral ground. (Robert Morris,

Officials in the city of New Orleans have considered installing artificial turf along parts of the St. Charles Avenue neutral ground to protect it from the wear and tear of both large crowds at Mardi Gras and even the daily activity of runners.

Last year, the department had previously requested $2 million for a “St. Charles Avenue Neutral Ground Restoration” that would repair landscaping in the neutral ground using “grass pavers” between the streetcar tracks along the Mardi Gras parade route, and a form of artificial turf called “Celebration Bermuda” along the rest of the neutral ground. That request did not receive funding in the current year’s budget, and the department dropped it from its list of proposed projects for the next year, department director Ann Macdonald told city planners last week.

The department now worries that the level of normal pedestrian traffic in the neutral ground may even wear out artificial turf, making the project even more costly than efforts to maintain the grass. Similar experiments to protect the turf in Lafayette Square have also seen extensive wear during the weekly concert series, Macdonald said, so the daily activity on St. Charles might quickly destroy even the artificial turf.

“It’s going to be extremely costly,” Macdonald told the city officials. “We don’t know for sure if even the Turf — that is a particular turf that’s used on ball fields — could even withstand that. We’ve kind of retreated so we can do some more research.”

The department has also considered green infrastructure pavers in the neutral ground, but officials with the Regional Transit Authority oppose the idea, MacDonald noted, because they worry it would encourage even more people to use the streetcar tracks for running.

“We just recognize that St. Charles Avenue project requires a lot more research, because we don’t want to get funding to do something like that and it not be sustainable,” Macdonald said.

Ways to protect the grass on the avenue remain under investigation, the mayor’s office said afterward.

“The turf replacement project was proposed to repair the avenue from daily use by pedestrians and runners as well as additional Mardi Gras and streetcar traffic,” said Erin Burns, a spokeswoman for Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “The Department of Parks and Parkways is holding on that request as they research a turf that can withstand the high pedestrian daily use.”

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Artificial Lawn Popularity Grows During Drought

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Companies that manufacture or install artificial lawns are experiencing a boom in business, due to the drought-like conditions and watering restrictions in many North Texas cities.

But the synthetic lawns today aren’t the same plastic AstroTurf made popular in the 1970s. The products on the market now, are not just used for putting greens and football fields either.

Scott Armstrong, owner of the company Texas Turf and Pavers, and gets calls every day from homeowners inquiring about artificial grass.

“If you were to talk to the turf manufacturers, that’s a big thing they notice. As soon as there are drought restrictions, watering restrictions, or an ordinance like the City of Dallas two-days a week restriction, it really just makes this industry explode,” said Armstrong.

Today’s synthetic lawns are made to stay cool underfoot, drain rain water, and last for 10-15 years. The products come in different shades of green, different textures, and mimic different varieties of natural grass.

Choosing artificial grass can be expensive upfront: prices range from $7.50 to $15 a square foot.

Homeowner Mike Corwin installed artificial grass in his front yard, and says the investment was worth it.

“The initial cost is expensive, but it’s already paid for itself over the four years. Not having to re-sod it, not having to water. The yard guys [come less often]. So it’s more than paid for itself,” said Corwin.

Corwin and his wife have ten children, ranging in age from six to eighteen. The Corwins found themselves having to re-sod the grass on their University Park property over and over. A grand tree in the front yard prevents the yard from getting much sunlight, and they needed a mud-free space where their children could play.

“As you can tell the traffic on it is quite a bit with all the kids we have. It’s really helped our water usage, which is a quarter of what it used to be,” said Corwin.

Armstrong worked on the Corwin’s property, and several others in University Park. He says many homeowners are skeptical, until they see the artificial grass first-hand.

“The neighbors now go and check it out. Before it was people taking a leap of faith,” said Armstrong.

Home Depot is also seeing high interest from customers asking about artificial turf.

Maxx Duncan points to a bin of turf, the size of area rugs, and says the products are flying off the floor.

“People like that you can wash it off, blow it off with a leaf blower, and be done,” said Duncan.

Not all cities in North Texas are on board with artificial grass, though.

Frisco does not allow artificial turf at this time, and many homeowners’ associations have rules.

Highland Park passed an ordinance restricting artificial turf to back yards.

Other cities, however, have no rules in place limiting synthetic grass. Those cities include Dallas, Arlington, Denton, and University Park.


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Permeable Paver Driveways: Beautiful in Form and Function

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The use of permeable pavers in Dallas for driveway construction is growing exponentially across the country, particularly in areas with water use restrictions or strict stormwater management guidelines. Not only do permeable pavers boost your curb appeal, they also positively impact the environment by decreasing stormwater runoff and improving the water quality of local waterways.

How, you ask? It’s ingeniously simple, actually. Permeable pavers are installed over a gradient bed of aggregate, with tiny aggregate filling the joints between each paver. As rainwater falls onto the pavers (or drains onto the pavers from another surface), the water percolates through the paver joints and down through the base materials below. There, the water is filtered by the aggregates, removing a number of pollutants before the water makes it’s way into the groundwater supply or returns to local waterways. The rising trend is to incorporate an underground cistern with a pump under the paver system so that the filtered water can be captured and recycled. A number of states and municipalities offer grants or tax incentives for these types of rainwater harvesting systems. The recycled water can be used for irrigation, water features, or other greywater uses.

Constructing a driveway with permeable pavers can also provide a number of other solutions for homeowners. For example, for steep driveways, permeable paver construction is safer during rainy weather conditions than traditional impervious surfaces, such as concrete or asphalt, because rain can permeate through pavers instead of pooling on the surface, thus improving traction.

In areas prone to heavy snow, a heating system can also be installed under the sand base of the pavers so that snow or icy rain immediately melts and drains away, eliminating snow shoveling or ice accumulation. The sand acts as a buffer between the pavers and the coils, preventing damage from any shifting caused by automotive traffic.

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Creating Safe, Low-Maintenance Outdoor Activity Spaces for Senior Living Facilities With Artificial Grass

Senior living facilities are popping up all over the US and Texas Turf and Pavers has been proud to provide synthetic grass for artificial lawns and turf putting greens at many of these facilities around Texas. Below is an article on how outdoor activity spaces are helping seniors live better lives.


Retirement homes, assisted living facilities and other senior living options need to appeal to potential residents and provide the services and amenities required for seniors to live a healthy, happy life as they age.

One of the most important factors, of course, is that the staff can provide the level of care needed by residents and that the appropriate equipment and supplies for that care are readily available on the property.

Since many seniors who choose assisted living have experienced a decline in health, it is imperative that potential residents are matched with facilities set up to take care of their needs.

Whether you have a retirement facility that encourages independent living in individual apartments or an assisted living facility that provides care to high-needs patients with serious health issues, there are some commonalities that all senior living options should provide.

For example, all facilities need to have some type of outdoor living space where seniors can participate in activities, be physically active, and enjoy fresh air and sunshine.

Having the opportunity to be outdoors, even for those with more advanced health issues or limited mobility, is an important part of maintaining quality of life, which all senior living residents deserve.

When seniors live alone or with a roommate in an apartment or room, outdoor spaces where they can congregate also encourage social engagement and provide seniors with a larger circle of peers for social interaction and support.

Of course, there are particular concerns when creating an outdoor space in which seniors can socialize and participate in activities.

When you are dealing with limited mobility, residents with declining physical health and those who may have grown a bit frailer as they have aged, you clearly need to keep safety and accessibility as important priorities during the design and installation process.

You also need outdoor senior activity spaces that are attractive and will be visually appealing to potential residents and their families who may visit several facilities before deciding which is a good fit for them.

Attractive landscaping, well-designed outdoor living areas, and yards that are safe and clean will help your senior facility stand out from others and encourage potential clients to consider you as the best choice to meet their needs.

It is an honor to care for the elderly and wiser among us, and to ensure that their final years are comfortable and enjoyable, but running a retirement community is also a business.

With this in mind, landscape design for senior living communities should also be looked at from a business perspective.

Aside from increasing your community’s curb appeal and attracting potential residents, your landscaping should be low maintenance and should come with maintenance costs that fit comfortably within your budget.

It may seem like a lot to ask for your outdoor spaces to be low maintenance, attractive, affordable, and able to provide safe spaces for seniors to socialize and be active, but in order to perform their necessary functions without taxing your staff or budget, it is necessary for your landscape design to balance all of these components.

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What Types of Activities Can You Provide in Outdoor Spaces?

Senior centers and assisted living facilities offer a variety of activities to provide their clients with opportunities to have fun, learn new things and make new friends.

Most of these activities are generally offered indoors and include board game nights, Bingo, movie nights, card games, holiday parties and craft classes.

Indoor activities are an essential part of keeping seniors active and engaged.

Activities that take place indoors are also often more accessible to a wider range of residents and can take place rain or shine.

But one of the reasons that indoor activities are more accessible for a broader range of seniors is because outdoor spaces are often not landscaped in a way that encourages outdoor living.

For example, narrow concrete walkways may not accommodate wheelchairs well, uneven grass areas are difficult for those who walk with walkers or have limited mobility, and slippery or uneven surfaces may pose a slipping or tripping hazard.

All too often, senior communities have grounds that are attractively landscaped and enhance curb appeal, but do not really provide functional aspects that would allow the facility to fully exploit this asset.

Creating usable outside spaces greatly expands the options for activities the community could host for its residents, while still providing an attractive visual for visitors and potential clients.

If you add usable outdoor activity spaces, you can expand your offerings to include outdoor yoga, tai chi, Qigong or stretching classes, as well as a putting green, a lawn bowling field or a miniature golf course.

Higher-end facilities with larger budgets and more expansive grounds could even include a stocked pond for fishing, a shooting range or a nine-hole golf course.

An outdoor activity space for seniors could also be used when bands are invited to play, for outdoor movie nights, or for art walks featuring local artists or art created by residents.

If space allows, health fairs and other community events could be held on the grounds to encourage community involvement and increase awareness of your facility to market to future clients.

Senior Living Outdoor Activities: Dancing

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Why Are Outdoor Spaces Important for Senior Living Communities?

Sunshine and fresh air are important for everyone’s health and wellness, but studies have repeatedly shown the increased importance of staying active and maintaining social connections in order for seniors to extend their healthy years and ward off cognitive decline.

A Swedish study published in the journal, Neurology, has linked obesity to dementia, showing that a Body Mass Index of more than 30 comes with a 288% higher chance of developing dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease.

People with a Body Mass Index between 25 and 30 were found to have a 71% higher risk of later developing dementia.

We already know that obesity is linked to an array of physical ailments, including high blood pressure and heart disease, but this shows that managing our weight is also important for our mental health.

One way to maintain a healthy weight is to stay physically active, which is also good for bone density, stress reduction, and overall health and wellness.

Aside from the obvious benefits that exercise has on our physical health, a University of Pittsburgh study showed that regular physical activity improved memory and played a part in holding off cognitive decline in study participants, all of whom were 60 years old or older.

Regular exercise is essential to staying physically fit, maintaining mobility, managing weight and being able to more fully enjoy our Golden Years with better health.

Low-impact activities, like yoga, walking, sitting exercise classes or gardening, are examples of exercise options that can be beneficial to seniors when working to achieve these goals.

It is now clear that exercise is also important for our mental health and can assist in warding off dementia, which is a very real concern as we age.

Indoor exercise classes are fantastic, but if your facility has an outdoor activity area that is accessible for seniors and those with limited mobility, you can greatly expand the variety of exercise options available, which will encourage a broader group of seniors to stay active and fit.

Inviting outdoor spaces, whether they are used for physical activities or simply offer comfortable seating where seniors can read or visit with family, encourage seniors to leave the confines of their room or the building in order to spend time outdoors.

This is a great way to help avoid isolation and depression, both of which can easily happen to seniors as they age.

Being outdoors with other residents encourages social interaction, which is helpful in creating peer groups where seniors can find support and stay connected with others.

Maintaining an active social life is a good way to manage stress levels, and studies have shown that dementia risk can be lowered by engaging in social activities.

This shows, once again, that both our physical and mental health are dependent on our ability to maintain a healthy, social lifestyle as we age.

Spaces for outside activities make it easier for seniors to stay active and be part of a community, which makes these outdoor areas an important part of any senior living facility.

Senior Living Activities: Yoga

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Creating Safe, Low-Maintenance Outdoor Activity Spaces for Seniors

Assisted living facilities with smaller budgets might not have the room or funds to create an expansive outdoor area with walking trails, a golf course or a wading pool, but even a simple outdoor space that is large enough to use for meditation or tai chi is an excellent place to start.

A basic outdoor area that can be used for exercise classes or socializing is a more affordable option that can help smaller facilities get community members outdoors to enjoy fresh air and stay as physically active as possible.

If you have just one small space to work with, you will need it to be a versatile space that can serve many purposes.

To achieve this, you may want to simply create a lawn area that will look inviting and provide an area for regularly scheduled outdoor activities.

Since you may use this area for physical fitness activities, it is important that the ground is level and even to avoid tripping hazards.

This is difficult to achieve with a natural grass lawn, which tends to be bumpy and uneven, but this can be remedied by installing an artificial turf lawn instead.

A synthetic grass lawn, due to its even surface, is also more accessible for wheelchairs than a natural grass lawn.

In addition to providing a safer surface for senior activities, synthetic grass is also a low maintenance option that does not require the mowing, watering, edging, weeding, fertilizing and aerating necessary to keep a conventional lawn healthy and attractive.

Artificial grass provides a soft but sturdy foundation for yoga classes or outdoor art classes, making it an ideal choice for facilities where seniors will be the primary users of these areas.

Alternatively, you could create an attractive patio from paving stones, which are slip-resistant and easy to care for.

From simple designs to intricate patterns, pavers provide a viable solution for retirement communities that need patio areas that are functional, visually appealing and require little maintenance.

Of course, you would ideally have room for both patio areas and grassy spaces to more fully meet the needs of your residents.

Slip-resistant paving stone walking paths that meander through gardens and are wide enough for wheelchairs are a nice touch that encourages walking, gardening and enjoying nature.

Artificial turf putting greens or lawn bowling fields provide an even, durable playing field that is perfect for outdoor-loving men and women who may be missing the time they used to spend participating in outdoor activities.

As an added bonus, both fake grass and pavers can help you see significant savings on your monthly water bill, particularly if you use them to replace water-wasting natural lawns or other landscape options.

If you are interested in water-saving landscape design that still looks fantastic and can meet the needs of your residents, you may want to work with a landscape designer who is familiar with xeriscape and landscaping options that conserve water and are low maintenance.

You may also want to consider working with a landscape designer who is well versed in mobility issues so that you can make sure your outdoor activity spaces are accessible to as many of your residents as possible.

Senior Outdoor Activities: Golfing

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Final Thoughts

Help your residents maintain a high quality of life and more fully enjoy their senior years by providing outdoor activity spaces that are safe, low maintenance and inviting.

Whether you offer yoga classes, concerts, mini golf or art shows, the outdoor living areas you create will encourage physical activity and social interaction, both of which are good for the overall health and wellness of your residents.

As we progress through our Golden Years, we all want to stay healthy as long as possible so that we can continue enjoying our favorite activities and spending time with our loved ones.

You can assist your residents in more fully enjoying this stage of their life by providing outdoor living areas where they can share stories, learn new things and stay fit.

Luke Whittaker

Luke is the Co-Founder of  INSTALL-IT-DIRECT, Venuelust.comEstate Weddings and Events, & When Luke is not working on his businesses, his second passions are in health, education(obsessed with learning) and traveling the world(life is too short to remain idle). His favorite destinations to date are Laos, Croatia, South Africa & Sri Lanka. New Zealand is next on the list…Follow him on Google+Twitter, Instagram and Linkedin.

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Artificial Grass Installations Are Picking Up In Texas

When I started installing artificial grass Dallas we were one of five companies who installed residential style turf jobs. The football field side of the industry was already taking off while the residential side was just beginning. The evolution of the artificial lawn turfs was getting to a point of people not even knowing some turfs were fake grass. The artificial putting green turfs were advancing as too, way past the old putt putt turfs. With many new trends the west coast was seeing a large amount of growth with lawn and golf turf installations. In 2007 the emergence of the fake grass lawn was starting to pick up steam in Texas. We started seeing artificial grass in public places and developers were starting to explore the benefits of saving water and not having to maintain yards on their commercial properties.

Heading into 2010 the synthetic turf manufactures had started trying to locate new dealers and distributors in DFW because they had watched this market for years and it was starting to take off. The entire State of Texas is now seeing artificial grass installations on some level and the DFW market has exploded. The drought plays a large part in a markets growth for water savings products like synthetic grass. We went from six companies like myself to over twenty companies that offer some sort of artificial grass Dallas installations. We now have more than one supply house for turf in DFW with SGW Dallas being the largest. Artificial grass and all it’s necessary components can be ordered and picked up the same day for faster turn around times.

It’s exciting for Texas Turf and Pavers to be a part of this growth and we look forward to saving more water and helping the environment. If you are in the market for artificial grass or concrete pavers please give us a call, 214.577.3444.

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