Lush greenery can really lift your spirits and provide a soothing resting place for weary eyes, and that’s exactly why all of us love to have lawns in our homes. But with rising utility costs, lack of time to devote to lawn maintenance and the desire to have a beautiful and usable lawn through all seasons have persuaded many homeowners to opt for artificial grass.
Despite the obvious advantages, many are still skeptical about ‘fake’ grass. The thought of stripping our yards of everything natural and organic, and installing synthetic greenery just freaks us out.
Why are homeowners still unsure of artificial grass? Are the fears and doubts justified?
Here we try to understand the actual processes involved in installing artificial lawns. Are they really safe, cost-effective and long lasting? Do they look as lovely and natural as the real thing?
Read on to find out more.
What Is Synthetic Grass Made Of?
Fake grass has come a long way from the hideous AstroTurf used in Houston Astrodome. The latest products offer you the lush, layered and natural look of grass and it is almost impossible to tell the difference.
Synthetic grass is made from nylon, polyethylene or polypropylene. There are plenty of varieties and options available including our four-toned premium turf that offers a natural and textured appeal with four shades of green woven in.
The man-made grass is attached to a backing that is laid over a leveling layer. The leveling layer usually consists of compact gravel and drains easily. Artificial grass rests on a stretch of geotextile that has a natural substrate layer beneath it.
An infill is applied into the artificial lawn or turf to hold the grass blades upright, give it a natural look and to prevent the grass from over-heating. There are several options available for infills including crumb-rubber, organic infills and even the commercial Nike grind.
If you have pets at home and worry about the nasty odors they will leave behind on the lawn, then you can go for the specialized pet-friendly and odorized infills available.
Thus you can see your artificial lawn actually consists of several layers and supporting strata. Scientific studies and research has proven that synthetic grass and all its components are safe and do not cause any adverse health effects.
What Makes a Synthetic Lawn More Convenient?
A natural, green and organic lawn does have its own advantages. It has self-sanitizing properties, has natural cooling effects, improves the stability and quality of soil, and prevents rain water from running waste by draining it into underground aquifers.
But maintaining a lawn is increasingly proving to be difficult for the suburban homeowners. Sky-rocketing utility bills will be a strain on household finances. Also, many communities and state governments discourage the indiscriminate usage of water to ensure your lawn remains in great shape.
If you live in hot and humid climates, a beautiful green lawn may seem like stuff of fantasy. Lawn maintenance will be super-expensive and will very rarely give the results you are looking for. If you live in South California an artificial lawn may prove to be the best solution for your lawn problems.
Fake grass is also the best choice if you live in shady nooks or spots, surrounded by giant trees. Abundant sunshine and water are the most important requisites for natural grass to grow and thrive.
Landscape artificial grass is also great for holiday homes where constant upkeep and lawn maintenance are not possible. If your parents are renovating their home or are considering a remodeling job over the holidays, do suggest synthetic lawns which will help them do away with hours of mowing lawns, dealing with dangerous pesticides and weedicides, inhaling toxic fumes released by the lawn mowers and paying exorbitant bills.
Thus based on individual needs synthetic lawns offer irresistible benefits to many of us.
How Kid- and Pet-Friendly Are Artificial Lawns?
The soft and cushiony infills in artificial lawns protect kids and keep them safe from nasty falls, cuts and bruises.
Our products offer best drainage facilities that prevent water or any liquid from collecting over and forming puddles in your lawn. Pet urine can be easily washed away and pet-poop can be scooped up and washed away with a disinfectant.
No matter how heavy the rains are in your region, your lawns will always stay free of dirt and muck. This also prevents little feet and tiny paws from tracking dirt into your house after play time.
Even if Fido does manage to get into mischief, giving him a quick bath in the yard is not that difficult anymore. Now you see why moms with young kids and pets swear by artificial lawns for well-managed homes!
Artificial grass is also free of pest, tick and flea infestations. This ensures your kids and pets stay safe at all times.
Artificial lawns do away with the possibility of your canine friends digging holes in the yard and getting all muddy. Rodents, moles and gophers are also kept at bay.
How Environment-Friendly Are Synthetic Lawns?
The grass is synthetic and in all probability will end up in landfills. But quality fake lawns last for as long as 20-25 years, and with the rapid clean-tech developments taking place, suitable solutions are bound to be worked out by then.
Do you know that the crumb-rubber infills have helped keep millions of rubber tires out of landfills? The jury is still out on whether crumb-rubber affects our young children playing on artificial playground turfs, but previous studies have negated the possibility.
If you are still skeptical go for organic or natural alternative infills that do not pose any harm whatsoever.
Synthetic grass also gets heated up very quickly and can cause ‘turf burns’ on athletes and sportsperson. Cuts and bruises can turn nastier when affected on synthetic playing grounds.
If you are considering home-use, the issue of the fake grass heating up is actually of lesser concern. The grass cools down quickly when hosed over or when it comes into shade. Ensure kids and pets do not run out on to the lawn when temperatures are really high and there is a risk of scalding.
Synthetic lawns are great, provided you are installing them for the right reasons. So call in our experts, and discuss what your needs are to work out the perfect solution for you.