Installation Case Study:

Retreat at 7 Trails

Ballwin, MO – Monarch Properties

The Challenge

An apartment complex in west St. Louis county was experiencing high usage of their existing dog park, and the grass was not standing up to increased traffic. They didn’t want to permanently cover the ground with layers of rock to put a traditional turf over top—that was simply more than what was needed. With the promise of a wet winter ahead, they knew they needed a fast solution that would protect the ground and be seen as a valuable amenity by their residents who have dogs.  They wanted a dog park that could stay open all winter long, rain or snow, and still look great come spring.


The Approach

Taking advantage of some unseasonably warm November days in St. Louis, the complex’s grounds crew removed the old, worn dog obstacles and cut the grass down low to prepare the 2,000 sq. ft. park for a full Natura™ covering. Natura was rolled out from the high point of the park to the low point, securing seams with the included biodegradable anchors along the way.

After completing the Natura installation in the dog park, the gate entrance area remained untouched, and muddy. An additional roll of Natura was used to cover the high-traffic entrance area to the park to complete the transformation and to provide feet and paws with a mud-free experience from the parking lot, to the entrance, and throughout the dog yard.


Natura provided a great value with low installation costs (they even used their own crew) and low on-going costs (no need to re-sod annually). The entire installation was complete in about 7 hours—which includes ground prep to level the yard and the installation itself. This was significantly more affordable than a traditional artificial turf installation that likely would have taken days, if not weeks, to install.

Additional Natura was later installed at the gate to complete the installation. Natura is bound to reduce resident complaints about dog park closures or muddy conditions that lead to excessive puppy baths. In fact, when talking to a resident enjoying the park with her dog, she said, “honestly, it was so $%^# and muddy before we would not even use the dog park. We have been here twice already because of the new turf.” Satisfaction ratings are improving already!

Client Testimonials

Residents love the turf, although you always hear more if people are unhappy.
Jamie - Property Manager
We never used the dog park before this turf was installed. Now we are out here every day, and meeting other dog owners too!
Happy Resident

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