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.