When and Where You Should Consider Using Artificial Turf

Everyone knows that natural grass can be soft, lush, and comfortable to lay down on or walk on. However, there are specific conditions that have to be met for it to not only grow, but to thrive. The artificial turfs that are available today strive to provide customers with all of the same realistic qualities of natural grass, like beauty and function, but without the specific conditions and maintenance necessary to keep natural grass looking great.

Why Choose Artificial Grass

Times have really changed where grass is concerned. You no longer have to suffer heavy maintenance and upkeep costs to have a lush, lovely, and well manicured lawn. There have been Artificial Turf Ideas for Landscapingincredible strides made in the technology behind artificial grass. This industry now produces cutting edge (No pun intended!) and eco friendly products that are miles and miles ahead of the Astroturf on the 1970s. Today’s artificial turfs (artificial grasses) look very realistic, are quite sustainable, are very functional, and are virtually maintenance free!  

Here are a few important reasons why artificial grass is for you:

Low Maintenance

Artificial grass does not need regular watering, weeding, fertilizing, mowing, patching…like natural grasses require. Put away your lawn equipment and take back your weekends with artificial grass! No watering is necessary and the level of maintenance is very low, but the beauty and function of natural grass remain.

Durability

Natural grass will succumb to heavy traffic or weather damage and will deliver worn areas and bare patches. This is not the case with artificial grass. Artificial turf simply will not wear down as it is designed to hold up especially well under high traffic and regular beatings.

Versatility

If you live in an area with a harsh climate or if the terrain is particularly rough, you have most likely experienced the difficulties of maintaining a beautiful lawn. Artificial grass products would be perfect for you as the are effectively impervious to the harsh elements. If your conditions include muddy areas, drought conditions, steep inclines or slopes, or any difficult to grow terrain, there is an artificial grass that will work perfectly for you. The best part is that your lawn will look the same-gorgeous-year around! 

Artificial Grass in Backyard PlaygroundSustainability 

If recycling and sustainability are important to you, you will feel great about using artificial grass. While natural grass uses the earth’s natural resources regularly (like water), artificial grass does not. Synthetic grasses allow for water conservation and eliminate the need for pesticides and fertilizers that can be toxic. There will be no harmful emissions into the air from artificial grass either.  

Natural Grass Look 

Yes, artificial turf is low maintenance, durable, versatile, and sustainable. It is also , but it’s also positively beautiful! Synthetic turf has found its way onto golf course greens for its beauty and functionality. When an artificial grass is high quality, it will have a soft, natural, lush natural grass appearance-always!

Just imagine-your lawn looks incredible year round and you will do no mowing, weeding, fertilizing, or patching/repairing! Amazing!

There are other areas besides personal or commercial lawns that are perfect for artificial or synthetic turf. Here are a few specifically recommended options for its use:

 Playgrounds and School Yards

Artificial playground grass is absolutely an ideal surface for kids to play on! It is a lush, beautiful, soft, green grass that is completely safe for children to play and fall on. It is also quite cost effective as it holds up to extreme playground traffic.

If you have a space that you think would need artificial turf, ask your landscape architect how it will fit into your landscape design.

A Venice homeowner removed the lawn and replaced it with this colorful landscape

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For proof that inspiration comes from the most unlikely of places, just look at the Venice front yard of Steve Morris, a colorful landscape that was influenced by the grounds of the Brentwood School.

“When I saw the landscaping at the school in 2010, I was reminded that you can have a garden that is visually pretty and saves water, too,” Morris says.

Impressed by the school’s low-water makeover — landscape and irrigation consultant Jerry Budnick removed 5.9 acres of turf at the school and replaced it with drought-tolerant plants — Morris contacted Budnick to help him rethink his front yard.

“I was concerned with water conservation and decided to do a complete makeover,” says Morris, who spent about $10,000 on the new yard including design, materials and labor. (He also received a $600 water rebate from the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power).

Budnick kept the mango tree and removed all else including fescue grass, horsetail plants and bamboo. Morris would later install artificial turf on the parking strip.

He then inserted a drip irrigation system, low-voltage lighting and a weed barrier composed of newspaper and cardboard.

Mexican beige pebbles and Malibu landscape boulders came next, followed by aloes, succulents, Beaucarnea recurvata, ocotillo and camellia.

Morris says he has grown to love the small but dynamic landscape.

“It gives me a lot of pleasure to see how the landscape changes,” Morris says of the plant palette, which includes Echeveria Afterglow and Gibbiflora, Sticks on Fire, Aloe Brevifolia and Kalancha Thyrsifolia. “You never know when something is going to bloom. When the ocotillo is flowering, it’s like a moving picture.”

Adds Budnick: “People have a relationship with plants. I fall in love with plants all the time and try not to covet them. When I walk the grounds at Brentwood I think, ‘I knew you when you were little.’”

Fake it till you make it? The pros and cons of synthetic turf

Jill Odom | September 4, 2017

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There are a lot of heavily debated topics in the landscaping industry, probably more than an outsider would expect, but one that is particularly divisive is the use of artificial turf.

Artificial turf installation has been a growing business for the past several years due to recent droughts, a concern to conserve water and desire to cut down on maintenance.

According to the Synthetic Turf Council, landscape, golf and other recreation applications is the fastest growing segment of the synthetic turf market. Over 35 million square feet of artificial turf for landscapes was installed in 2012.

“The engineering – the technology – has come a long, long way, especially in the last decade,” said Victor Lanfranco, co-owner of Synthetic Grass Warehouse, the nation’s largest distributor of artificial turf. “It’s now a widely accepted product for the landscape.”

Here are some of the pros and cons of synthetic turf that you can share with customers if they are on the fence about using the product.

Pros

Water conservation

One of the main reasons artificial turf has become so popular, especially out West, is because of the water savings it offers. According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a household’s irrigation water use can be as high as 60 percent and it is estimated that landscape irrigation accounts for one-third of all residential water use.

The Southern Nevada Water Authority estimates that every square foot of natural grass replaced saves 55 gallons of water per year. Natural turf proponents have admitted that people often water their grass too much, making synthetic turf the winner on this point.

Appearance

Gone are the days of where synthetic turf would stick out like a sore thumb and everyone could tell in an instance it was fake. Nowadays artificial turf options are almost limitless and can fool about anyone who looks at it.

Synthetic turf is UV stabilized to protect against color fading. Unlike natural turf that will have to deal with diseases, drought and dormancy, artificial grass has the benefits of looking great 24/7 all year long. It can also be used to spruce up spaces where it isn’t feasible to grow a lawn, like on rooftops.

Durable

Natural lawns can be fickle and demanding, needing much tender loving care to stay looking their best, but synthetic turf is far less needy.

Artificial turf can put up with heavy use and can last anywhere from 15 to 20 years according to most distributors. It also does not provide a habitat for lawn pests like insects, moles and gophers, who can damage a natural lawn.

Cons

Temperature

According to Turfgrass Producers International, artificial turf has been documented to be 86.5 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than natural grass under identical conditions. This is because natural grass has water within it allowing it to have cooling properties.

The type of product used in the infill can also have a significant effect of the temperature of the grass. Black crumb rubber will make things far hotter than organic infill like coconut fibers. Subsurface cooling systems can be installed to keep the temperatures down. Lighter colored grass blades can also keep the lawn cooler.

 

Cost

Having an artificial lawn installed is costly. Homeowners have to have pay for grass removal, ground prep, and the irrigation system, if they want to control the temperature of the grass. Synthetic turf can cost anywhere from $5 to $20 per square foot, while sod typically costs 14 to 60 cents per square foot.

Artificial turf installers will argue that this installation will pay for itself in three to five years thanks to the lack of maintenance costs that would be accrued from natural lawn care. 

Trade-offs

Here are some of the points that have been cited as pros or cons depending on the group listing them that are actually trade-offs. One isn’t necessarily better than the other, they’re just different.

Often synthetic turf is promoted as environmentally friendly because homeowners do not have water, fertilize or mow their lawns any more, reducing emissions by no longer being dependent on gas-powered machines.

Natural turfgrass is praised for its ability to sequester carbon dioxide gases, yet it needs to be maintained by machines that give off more CO2. It is also said to reduce noise and air pollution, but often lawn care equipment is noisy and pollutes the air as well.

Maintenance is often said to be nonexistent for synthetic turf, but if homeowners do want their artificial turf to last as long as possible, there is some maintenance needed.

Artificial six-hole course opens at Frilford Heath

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An exciting new course has just opened at Frilford Heath in Oxfordshire in the form of a unique synthetic artificial grass layout.

The Yellow Course sits alongside Frilford Heath’s three existing championship courses but what sets it apart is that it has been created using Huxley Golf all-weather surfaces.

The course is divided into two accessible loops of three holes each with the second loop slightly more challenging than the first.

It caters for all standards of golfer, but will especially appeal to beginners who want an accessible and gentle introduction to the sport, experienced players who want to improve their short game within 100 yards, and the rapidly expanding group of golfers that find it hard to find time to play regularly.

The brand new course was officially opened with an exhibition match featuring European Tour Professional Eddie Pepperell, previously a Frilford junior member.

Huxley Golf’s Will Alsop worked with Executive Chairman Alistair Booth and Head Greenkeeper and President of BIGGA, Sid Arrowsmith, to design and create the course.

Said Booth added: “Huxley Golf worked with us over a period of 18 months to turn an under-utilised area of woodland into this stunning new feature. In my opinion, the team skilfully created an exceptionally high quality facility that can be used by young and old, novice and professional.”

The Yellow Course’s six artificial putting greens all measure 1350 sq. ft (125 sq. mtrs) but all are unique in shape and undulations.

There are 12 Huxley Golf Premier Nylon Tee Mats, two for each hole, creating a variety of approach shots from differing angles and length with increasing difficulty.

The light, bright course meanders its way through avenues of trees with bird boxes to encourage wildlife and natural grass fairways and approaches.

Chandler residents petitioning HOA to allow artificial turf

Posted: Aug 10, 2017 10:37 PM CST Updated: Aug 11, 2017 12:21 AM CST

CHANDLER, AZ (3TV/CBS 5) –

Many people are switching from real grass landscapes to artificial turf because of lower water usage and less maintenance. But some Chandler residents can’t because their homeowners’ association won’t allow it.

“We couldn’t keep it green, our water bills were very high,” said Cathy Isenberg, citing some reasons why she switched.

She said her tree in the front yard provides a lot of shade, so the grass doesn’t grow. She didn’t want brown grass anymore, so she switched to artificial turf – not knowing it went against the Ocotillo Community Association’s design guidelines.

“We’re required to have 50 percent of the front yard and 50 percent of the backyard grass, and two trees, so that’s quite a bit of water,” Isenberg said.

Even though the City of Chandler offers rebates for low water use landscaping, this community says, “Any type of artificial flower, plant, tree or turf is not permitted when Visible from Neighboring Property.”

A neighbor who put the synthetic stuff in his backyard, which was allowed because it’s out of view, told us his water bill went down 50 percent.

Isenberg said after she got a call from the HOA, asking for the installation of the artificial turf to be halted, she set up a meeting.

“We had a meeting with the HOA, and a week later they told us no,” Isenberg said.

So she started a petition to present to the HOA board, to allow artificial turf as an option.

“We’ve got several online signatures,” she said. “So far, I think we’re up to 175.”

Rich Slagle, a homeowner near Isenberg, put in artificial turf four years ago, also unaware of the rules. He took the HOA to court, and he lost. He had to re-install real grass and pay the HOA’s attorneys fees.

“Probably the tune of $40,000-plus,” Slagle said.

“Why anyone would prohibit that is beyond me,” said State Senator John Kavanagh.

He introduced a bill last session saying HOAs couldn’t prohibit artificial grass, but “the association may reject or require the removal of a member’s artificial grass if the artificial grass creates a health or safety issue that the member does not correct.”

It died in committee.

“The chairman of the Rules Committee philosophically believed that if you’re in an HOA, you’re in a contractual relationship you enter into, and you have to obey the rules no matter what,” Kavanagh said. “I disagree with this because sometimes the rules are wrong.”

He said he may try to introduce it again once committee leadership changes.

Isenberg said she hopes she doesn’t have to wait that long.

“The HOA is supposed to be representing its residents, and I feel that certain individuals are sitting there not recognizing what we would like to have our community offer,” she said.

We emailed board members individually and showed up to their office. The general manager for the Ocotillo Community Association emailed us this statement:

“Thank you for reaching out and giving the association an opportunity to participate in this conversation.  An official response on behalf of the Board of Directors requires review and approval by all members of the Board, and unfortunately, some of the Board members are on vacation and unavailable to participate on such short notice.  If a follow up at a later date would be beneficial the Board would very much appreciate the opportunity to provide a statement regarding their position on this issue.”

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New Orleans investigating possibility of artificial grass to protect St. Charles Avenue neutral grounds

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Dense crowds line St. Charles Avenue during the Krewe of Iris parade in 2017. Officials are investigating whether artificial grass could better protect the grass along the neutral ground. (Robert Morris, UptownMessenger.com)

Officials in the city of New Orleans have considered installing artificial turf along parts of the St. Charles Avenue neutral ground to protect it from the wear and tear of both large crowds at Mardi Gras and even the daily activity of runners.

Last year, the department had previously requested $2 million for a “St. Charles Avenue Neutral Ground Restoration” that would repair landscaping in the neutral ground using “grass pavers” between the streetcar tracks along the Mardi Gras parade route, and a form of artificial turf called “Celebration Bermuda” along the rest of the neutral ground. That request did not receive funding in the current year’s budget, and the department dropped it from its list of proposed projects for the next year, department director Ann Macdonald told city planners last week.

The department now worries that the level of normal pedestrian traffic in the neutral ground may even wear out artificial turf, making the project even more costly than efforts to maintain the grass. Similar experiments to protect the turf in Lafayette Square have also seen extensive wear during the weekly concert series, Macdonald said, so the daily activity on St. Charles might quickly destroy even the artificial turf.

“It’s going to be extremely costly,” Macdonald told the city officials. “We don’t know for sure if even the Turf — that is a particular turf that’s used on ball fields — could even withstand that. We’ve kind of retreated so we can do some more research.”

The department has also considered green infrastructure pavers in the neutral ground, but officials with the Regional Transit Authority oppose the idea, MacDonald noted, because they worry it would encourage even more people to use the streetcar tracks for running.

“We just recognize that St. Charles Avenue project requires a lot more research, because we don’t want to get funding to do something like that and it not be sustainable,” Macdonald said.

Ways to protect the grass on the avenue remain under investigation, the mayor’s office said afterward.

“The turf replacement project was proposed to repair the avenue from daily use by pedestrians and runners as well as additional Mardi Gras and streetcar traffic,” said Erin Burns, a spokeswoman for Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “The Department of Parks and Parkways is holding on that request as they research a turf that can withstand the high pedestrian daily use.”

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Artificial Lawn Popularity Grows During Drought

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DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Companies that manufacture or install artificial lawns are experiencing a boom in business, due to the drought-like conditions and watering restrictions in many North Texas cities.

But the synthetic lawns today aren’t the same plastic AstroTurf made popular in the 1970s. The products on the market now, are not just used for putting greens and football fields either.

Scott Armstrong, owner of the company Texas Turf and Pavers, and gets calls every day from homeowners inquiring about artificial grass.

“If you were to talk to the turf manufacturers, that’s a big thing they notice. As soon as there are drought restrictions, watering restrictions, or an ordinance like the City of Dallas two-days a week restriction, it really just makes this industry explode,” said Armstrong.

Today’s synthetic lawns are made to stay cool underfoot, drain rain water, and last for 10-15 years. The products come in different shades of green, different textures, and mimic different varieties of natural grass.

Choosing artificial grass can be expensive upfront: prices range from $7.50 to $15 a square foot.

Homeowner Mike Corwin installed artificial grass in his front yard, and says the investment was worth it.

“The initial cost is expensive, but it’s already paid for itself over the four years. Not having to re-sod it, not having to water. The yard guys [come less often]. So it’s more than paid for itself,” said Corwin.

Corwin and his wife have ten children, ranging in age from six to eighteen. The Corwins found themselves having to re-sod the grass on their University Park property over and over. A grand tree in the front yard prevents the yard from getting much sunlight, and they needed a mud-free space where their children could play.

“As you can tell the traffic on it is quite a bit with all the kids we have. It’s really helped our water usage, which is a quarter of what it used to be,” said Corwin.

Armstrong worked on the Corwin’s property, and several others in University Park. He says many homeowners are skeptical, until they see the artificial grass first-hand.

“The neighbors now go and check it out. Before it was people taking a leap of faith,” said Armstrong.

Home Depot is also seeing high interest from customers asking about artificial turf.

Maxx Duncan points to a bin of turf, the size of area rugs, and says the products are flying off the floor.

“People like that you can wash it off, blow it off with a leaf blower, and be done,” said Duncan.

Not all cities in North Texas are on board with artificial grass, though.

Frisco does not allow artificial turf at this time, and many homeowners’ associations have rules.

Highland Park passed an ordinance restricting artificial turf to back yards.

Other cities, however, have no rules in place limiting synthetic grass. Those cities include Dallas, Arlington, Denton, and University Park.

 

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