As modern lifestyles become increasingly demanding, more homeowners are opting for contractors that offer low-maintenance landscaping solutions. One of the most tedious parts of maintaining a landscape lies in keeping the lawn in good shape, which is why many homeowners choose artificial turf over real grass.
Artificial grass is made of plastic filaments threaded into a permeable backing. This is laid on compact gravel and fastened along the lawn perimeter. Recycled rubber or sand can then be added to prevent the artificial turf from blowing away in harsh weather conditions.
Here are some of the cost-effective and time-saving benefits of artificial turf.
Pet-friendly and ideal for kids
Artificial turf is often used in dog kennels, and is an excellent material for dog runs. It can’t be dug up, is easy to clean, and creates a soft surface that is kind to paws. Many products are perforated, so that urine will flow through them rather than accumulating on the surface.
When pets or children frequently play on a certain section of lawn, it causes the grass to stop growing and can result in the formation of bald patches on a lawn. These bare spots of soil inevitably turn into mud and will bring the homeowner great inconvenience. With artificial turf, this problem is overcome. Furthermore, when the artificial grass is eventually worn out, replacing it is easier and less expensive than rejuvenating a real lawn.
Some artificial turf options include the installation of foam pads beneath the grass to cushion children should they fall on the surface.
Appealing to environmentally-conscious homeowners
Having artificial turf in your arsenal is bound to appeal to eco-friendly clients for a number of reasons. Firstly, an artificial lawn does not require watering. This not only prevents water wastage, but also saves time and money.
Artificial lawns also don’t require pesticides to keep them moss-free and healthy. This is beneficial because pesticides filter through the soil and pollute the water table, killing many organisms essential to the ecosystem. Chemicals used on lawns can also run off into drains or harm children and pets that play outside.
Petrol-driven or electric lawn mowers are made obsolete with the installation of artificial turf, reducing carbon emissions. Recycled artificial turf can also be acquired, re-purposing materials rather than allowing them to accumulate in landfill sites.
A low-maintenance solution
Artificial lawns don’t need to be mowed, watered, or fertilized. In fact, a quick sweep should remove any debris and leave the lawn as good as new. This is especially beneficial to clients who are away from home for extended periods of time and usually return to an unsightly, unhealthy lawn.
Artificial turf can also eliminate clean-ups within the home. Installing artificial turf around a pool, just beyond the splash zone, will ensure that children don’t carry dirt into the clean pool or track mud into the house. Muddy paws on the living room carpet will also be eliminated with the installation of artificial turf.