Artificial turf has been around for more than 50 years, but while it was once reserved for applications such as sporting arenas, golf courses, or soccer fields, today it is considered a viable alternative to more traditional natural grass landscaping. If you're considering an artificial turf installation for your home or business, read on to learn whether it is the right choice for your yard, courtesy of the landscape professionals at The Grounds Guys®.
What is Artificial Turf?
Artificial grass is composed of synthetic, man-made fibers which are stitched onto a permeable backing to allow for airflow and drainage. The material is available in a variety of different heights, colors, and textures to resemble various species of grass with some that contain a brown thatch to more closely mimic the appearance of a live lawn.
Is Artificial Turf Right for Your Yard?
Before you begin your artificial turf installation, consider the pros and cons of this revolutionary product to ensure it is a good fit for your property and lifestyle.
Unlike live grass, an artificial turf lawn requires no seeding, weeding, mowing, watering, or fertilization. Debris such as dirt and leaves can be removed using a broom or leaf blower, and pet waste is easily removed by hosing down on a regular basis.
Reduced Water Consumption
Depending on the size of your property, it can cost upwards of $100 or more each month to provide adequate levels of moisture to your grass.
Installing artificial turf for dogs can help to avoid the brown spots associated with urine, eliminating the need for lawn maintenance and repair.
Artificial turf is ideal in high traffic areas where regular grass may become worn down or die.
In areas that receive little to no sunlight or where the soil conditions may be less than ideal, it can be difficult to grow and maintain a healthy lawn.
The cost of materials and installation is significantly higher than natural grass, however, it may cost less in the long run due to a longer lifespan and reduced maintenance.
Artificial turf heats up in the direct sun and in extreme cases may even melt.
While new products are consistently being developed, artificial turf is currently not recyclable and lacks the ecological benefits of natural grass.
What to Expect from Your Artificial Turf Installation
It is always recommended to hire an experienced professional to install your artificial turf, as the quality of the installation will affect the look, durability, and lifespan of the product. The process involves a number of important steps, including:
- Accurate measurements are taken.
- Prepare the site by removing vegetation, rocks, tree roots, debris, etc.
- Remove the topmost layer of soil and install the base layer of sand, gravel, or rock.
- Grade and prepare the base for installation by moistening and then compacting the surface.
- Custom-fit the artificial turf to the area, tucking and hiding the edges against hardscaping or borders.
- Apply the infill to anchor the turf to the base and hold the blades upright.
- Complete the installation with a final grooming to evenly distribute the infill, and water the entire surface to settle the material.
Use your newly gained free time wisely by completing home maintenance projects on the interior and exterior of your home, using these maintenance checklists provided by Mr. Handyman® as your guide. To receive an estimate for commercial or residential landscaping services, call the experts at The Grounds Guys at (888) 929-8188 or contact us online and let us know how we can help.