In a world that values “authenticity” and where environmental concerns are becoming increasingly paramount, many people have turned to artificial turf for their landscaping needs. This alternative to traditional lawns is growing in popularity thanks to hyperrealistic looks and heavy-duty, durable materials. Artificial grass can be a great option for many homeowners but it is important to consider the pros and cons before ripping out your JB Sod and making the switch to synthetic.
Generally speaking, most artificial grass lawns are made from durable fibers like nylon, polyethylene, or even polypropylene. These materials are designed to withstand outdoor elements such as heat, frost, and ultraviolet (UV) rays. A good synthetic turf will be able to endure a lot of traffic, and will look pristine even after years of use.
Artificial lawns require very little maintenance. A few rinses with water to remove dust, periodic brushing/grooming and raking of large debris are all that is needed to keep your synthetic landscape looking its best.
In addition, unlike natural turfgrasses, synthetic landscapes don’t require irrigation which can save thousands of gallons of water each year. If your home is located in an area where drought conditions occur regularly, a synthetic lawn can save you money on your water bill as well as on the cost of irrigation equipment.
Synthetic lawns are also a better choice for families with pets and children because they eliminate the need for chemical fertilizers, pesticides, weed killers, and other lawn care products. In addition, pests, such as ants and bees, are less likely to be attracted to artificial turf as they would be to a natural garden. Furthermore, if your children are prone to playing outside in the rain or sleet, a synthetic lawn will be able to stay clean, dry and hygienic, unlike a natural garden that can quickly become muddy and leave muddy footprints throughout your home.
The last advantage of synthetic turf is that it doesn’t produce any odours as a result of human or animal waste. This is because the grass has a special layer that collects and catches urine, eliminating any potential odour.
It is important to note that when purchasing an artificial grass lawn, it should be installed over a sub-base of sand, river rocks, or granite to help ensure the surface stays smooth. Placing a synthetic lawn on top of dirt will cause it to develop flaws and divots due to the soil expanding and contracting when wet or dry. This will reduce the lifespan of the lawn. A quality, reputable artificial grass supplier will be able to provide technical data sheets that specify the lawn’s stitch rate and what materials are used for each turf blade. This will help you to determine how authentic and realistic the lawn will look. This is an important factor for most buyers. The higher the stitch rate, the more realistic and authentic the lawn will look. Choosing the right stitch rate is a matter of preference and should be considered carefully before making your final decision.