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Natural Grass vs. Synthetic Turf

Artificial 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.
Maintenance for artificial turf consists of power brushing it once every 12 months. This costs under $200 per year. Natural grass requires monthly mowing and trimming, watering/irrigation, irrigation maintenance, pesticides, and fertilizer. These costs, including the labor and water bill, easily exceed $200 per month, or about $2,400 per year, depending on your location. You’re also wasting thousands of gallons of water, polluting the soil with pesticides, and polluting the air from lawn mowers. Thus in 10 years time, you’ll spend about $2,000 total on maintenance for your artificial turf lawn. The natural grass installation will cost you over $24,000 in maintenance costs over the subsequent decade.
Synthetic grass is the choice for environmentally-conscious individuals who value a lush, green lawn 365 days per year, that requires very little maintenance. Houston Turf has a nationwide network of installers and utilizes satellite imaging technology to plan and prepare installations in all 50 states. Contact us today and we’ll answer all your questions.

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.
Kid Cleanup: Don’t worry about the kids spilling grape juice or other liquids on your turf. All of our turfs are stain-resistant. Use vinegar for tougher stains that don’t wash out easily. Its best to tend to spills immediately to prevent any stains from settling in.

Sports Applications

We have synthetic turf manufactured specifically for different sports. Football: Our football field turf is designed to provide a consistent, soft, forgiving playing surface for some of the world’s fastest, strongest athletes. Some of you have heard artificial turf fields referred to as “fast tracks” because the turf is engineered specifically to maximize speed, along with balance and traction. Artificial turf fields also require very little maintenance, allowing groundskeepers to spend time elsewhere. Soccer: Our soccer field turf is becoming a best-seller due to the popularity of the sport among American kids. Soccer turf is designed to ensure a forgiving surface that goes not effect ball movement in any way. Schools and private soccer clubs have consistently remarked about its durability and low maintenance. Paintball: As the popularity of paintball continues to soar, synthetic turf for the playing surfaces has also become more common. Paintball turf is specifically designed to not only be stain-resistant, but to offer a natural playing surface without the mud puddles and debris that could cause injuries. Golf: We have been designing and manufacturing custom putting greens for customers across the country since 2002. But our work has extended to professional golf courses that want low-maintenance, green fairways. Golf courses are judged by their scenery, difficulty, and looks. The latter is never a problem once synthetic turf is installed. Tennis: Our tennis turf is designed specifically to ensure the bounce of the ball is not affected by the surface. It offers players a consistent, forgiving surface that allows them to play their games uninhibited. Tennis turf has been especially popular among courts changing from clay to synthetic grass.