Artificial turf has long been a choice for athletic fields, but it has recently become a trend among homeowners as an alternative to grass. And while you might think the only benefit of artificial turf is the fact you don’t have to water or mow it, there are other compelling reasons you should consider utilizing artificial grass. As a homeowner, you understand all of the hard work and money it takes to maintain your grass lawn. Well, if you are tired of spending your weekends in the hot sun maintaining your lawn, perhaps you should give your Boulder landscaping company a call.
The Reasons You Should Consider Artificial Turf
What is Artificial Turf?
You see it in sports stadiums, and it is used a lot on commercial property; you may have even seen it in your neighborhood, but just what is artificial turf? At the most basic level, artificial turf is fake grass made from man-made fibers. Artificial or synthetic turf is green in color and comes in a variety of pile heights. It is made in the same way that carpet is made. Synthetic turf has a solid backing, and the blades of grass are stitched to it.
Artificial turf has been around for a long time, and thanks to recent technology, it has become very realistic looking. It has become so realistic that it is difficult to differentiate it from natural grass. In fact, there is artificial grass that has weaves of brown in it to mimic the dead grass that you would see on a grass lawn.
When the Houston Astrodome, the world’s first domed multipurpose sports stadium, was unveiled in 1965, they tried to grow grass in it but failed. The field conditions were so bad that they installed artificial turf. Since the installation of artificial grass in the Astrodome, natural grass has been replaced by synthetic grass on soccer fields, baseball fields, and other sports applications. It has also long been used in commercial landscaping. It is now becoming a popular choice with homeowners because of the benefits.
What are the Benefits?
No Water- One of the top benefits of artificial turf is the fact it never needs to be watered. So you don’t have to deal with a sprinkling system and the cost and hassle they become. And you will save a ton of money on your water bill in the summer.
Safe Alternative- In an ongoing effort to keep your natural grass green and healthy, many homeowners spend a lot of money and time fertilizing their lawns and adding other chemicals like pesticides. These chemicals cost money, take time and effort to apply, and can be quite harmful to people and pets. You will never have to apply fertilizer or any other chemical on artificial turf.
No Mowing- Artificial turf does not grow and therefore will never need to be mowed. In addition, you never have to pull weeds or do any other tasks to maintain your artificial lawn. As a result, you can actually spend your weekends enjoying your lawn instead of working on it.
Looks Great- Artificial grass looks fantastic; it looks great in the spring, summer, fall, and even in the winter. You will never have to worry about bald spots on your lawn, traffic trails, or urine spots. And when your artificial grass does get dirty, all you have to do is spray it down with water.
Fido’s Favorite- Dogs don’t care if the lawn is natural or artificial; it’s all the same to them. But you will appreciate the fact that your dog isn’t going to dig in your yard, eat the grass, or drag mud through your house because you don’t have natural grass.
It Lasts- Once you have artificial turf installed on your property, you will sleep better at night knowing that it will withstand all sorts of weather conditions, traffic, and sun exposure for years.
Kid’s Love It- Artificial turf is just like grass as it is ideal for recreational purposes. You and your kids will enjoy running and playing all sorts of sports and games on your new lawn.
One of the stand-out benefits of artificial turf is how cost-effective it is. The initial installation might seem a bit expensive, but it is an investment that will save you money in the long run. In addition to the money you save on your water bill, you will also save money by not having to buy pesticides and other chemicals. You also save money because there is no need to own and maintain a lawnmower or any other devices you use to maintain your grass yard. When you stop and think about it, you spend a lot of money every year maintaining your lawn.
Why You Should Consider Artificial Turf
Yet another reason you should consider artificial turf is that it is good for the environment. It is estimated that natural grass requires over 50 gallons of water per square foot each year. So even if you have a relatively small lawn, you are saving a lot of water every year. And we guarantee that those pesticides, fertilizers, and other chemicals are not good for the environment either.
You might be surprised to know that lawnmowers are one of the worst pollutants in a typical household. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a gas lawnmower will emit 89 pounds of CO2 and other pollutants into the air every year, which leaves the same carbon footprint as a 100-mile car trip.
Get Started Today
You might be interested in artificial turf but not quite sure just where to start. It all starts with a phone call to us, and then we will have a conversation about your vision of a grass-free yard. We have experts on hand who will provide you with the information you need to choose the best type of turf. Then it is our turn to shine. Our crew will provide turf installation that is durable and safe, and very realistic looking. In fact, when we are done, you won’t be able to tell that it is not natural grass. We will also give you valuable tips on how to properly maintain your fabulous new yard. Again, it all starts with a phone call.