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A lawn that's artificial but you'd never know it
Nylon grass is pricey but easy for pet owners to maintain
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The grass is always green at Bella's Bistro.

The 10-by-20-foot fenced area, covered in synthetic grass, is run - quite literally - by Bella, a 15-month-old Scottish terrier.

"It's perfect. She runs out there and comes in and out of the house, but doesn't bring any mud inside," says Bella's owner, Jackie Marconet of Glendale.

Last spring, Marconet and her husband, Bob, created the "bistro" for their rambunctious new pup.

Once reserved for ball fields and golf courses, polyethylene/nylon grass has gone to the dogs.

The low-maintenance but expensive grass - $6-$10 per square foot - is just as popular for dog-worn yards as high-traffic areas such as playgrounds, and is nearly indistinguishable from the real thing, even for pooches.

"They can still take care of business" but won't do a number on the lawn, says Robert Zielinski, owner of Buckeye Putting Greens in West Chester Township and Springboro.

Zielinski installed Mirage Turf Systems' Kentucky bluegrass-style turf in the Marconets' yard.

Although dog owners like the Marconets still need a pooper-scooper, liquid waste trickles into the soil and washes away with rain or a hose.


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