Natural Grass vs. Synthetic TurfArtificial turf lawns are long-term investments that save you thousands of dollars over time, decrease your carbon footprint, conserves water, and eliminates the need for harmful pesticides. A typical artificial turf installation for a 1,500 square foot lawn costs about $13,500. The same installation for natural grass, including irrigation, costs around $5,600. Once installation is complete, artificial grass has all the advantages.
Glossary of Synthetic Turf Terms(A-Z)Adhesive: a water-based, urethane and/or epoxy bonding agent used for synthetic turf installations. Backing: the materials comprising the back/underlayer of the turf Compaction: the process of increasing the density of materials where synthetic turf is installed to prevent excessive settling. Crumb Rubber: ambient or cryogenic scrap rubber from old tires. Drainage: the system that moves accumulated (rain) water away from the turf. Durafill: an infill consisting of acrylic-coated sand that helps moderate turf temperature. Extrusion: the manufacturing process of heating plastic to its melting point and pushing it through an apparatus that forms the individuals blades for the turf. Fall Zone Safety Rating: guidelines set forth by the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) to minimize injury as a result of falls on particular surfaces. Fiber/Filament: individual blades of synthetic grass Galvanized Nail: zinc-coated, rust-proof nails used in synthetic turf installations Infill: the “artificial soil” made of sand or crumb rubber that lies between the fibers and cushion. Memory: the process of synthetic grass returning to its original state after something heavy has sat on top of it for a long time. Perforations: hole that allow drainage in the turf. Permeable: materials or objects that gases and water can pass through. Pile Height: the length of individual blades of synthetic grass Seam: the area where two synthetic turf panels are bonded together. Tufted: the manufacturing process for synthetic turf Zeolite Max: an environmentally-friendly material that neutralizes odors on synthetic turf.
Maintenance and Care
Most of our customers cite two reasons for installing synthetic turf: a perfect lawn 24/7/365 and low maintenance. Of course there are times when Mother Nature, kids, and pets leave their marks on artificial turf, literally and figuratively. A little care here and there will ensure your lawn remains perfectly manicured. Debris: whether its leaves from autumn trees or excessive twigs and branches, your synthetic turf lawn will require attention. Rake it as you would natural grass. A leaf blower is also very effective for fast clearing of debris. Watering: synthetic turf does not need watering. But after certain weather events, your turf may look dirty. Spray it down with a hose occasionally to remove dirt, pollen, and dust. Pet Cleanup: Cleaning up after your fur babies is just as simple on synthetic turf as it is on natural grass. Some of our customer opt for a one-time ZeoLite Max treatment on their turf to eliminate odors associated with pet waste. It’s also a good idea to hose down your turf every now and then to prevent odors from festering.