If you take a stroll down your neighborhood and take a look around, I’m sure you’ll notice that artificial grass has had a big surge in popularity, especially in the last few years. Homeowners are realizing that with the savings in maintenance, water usage and available city rebates, it just might be worth the investment. On average, artificial grass costs anywhere from $5 to $20 per square foot, installed. The good news is that it should last you for the next 15 to 25 years. That’s a lot of no maintenance and savings to feel good about. And with each new year, options and variety for artificial grass seem to be getting better and more real looking, with different materials and looks to choose from.
Artificial grass isn’t popular only because of cost-saving on a green and beautiful landscape, it’s also attractive for its low maintenance and benefits.
For instance if you have pets, then you know that the toll a real lawn can take from pet waste over time. Discoloration, dry patches, and general wear and tear from your furry little family member running around, doing its business and then that thing where they try to cover their tracks by furiously using their paws to fling around dirt and grass. This can all be avoided with artificial grass, with its easy clean-up and drainage that won’t allow for pet waste to discolor or damage the grass.
Another request we’re seeing more of are at-home putting greens! Especially with the abundant amount of time we’ve all been spending at home, we’re seeing more requests from customers wanting to install artificial turf so they can practice their putt right in the backyard. You can install a putting green along with having real grass, designating a patch of space for your swings, or incorporate it into a complete overhaul if you’re going all in on artificial grass landscaping.
Here’s what you should consider before deciding if artificial grass or turf is right for you:
The Right Fit for Your Needs
You’ll want to choose the right type and material of artificial turf and grass based on how much traffic and activity the space will have. If you’ve got a playful dog or kids running around frequently, you’ll want to choose a shorter blade and tougher material that drains quickly, and can withstand heavy traffic and pet waste. For areas without a lot of traffic and that are mostly for aesthetic purposes, a longer and thinner blade will look more natural.
Many homeowners will be concerned about drainage with artificial grass, but with the right draining system it might even be more effective than real grass. A proper draining system will be designed to drain through absorptive material, through the base layer and into the water table.
Infill is poured on top of artificial grass and lays within the blades, and is important for the overall staying power of the grass or turf. It’s made up of small pieces of crushed material, usually silica sand or rubber. For high traffic yards and pet owners, we suggest spending a little more on silica infill because it’s more durable and can withstand the foot traffic better than crumb rubber. Silica fill also has an antimicrobial coating which helps prevent the spread of bacteria from pet waste and other factors, keeping you and your family safer.
Long Term Care
While artificial grass has much less maintenance duty than real grass, it does need some looking-after and upkeep to extend its longevity. If you notice blades start to bend and droop over time, you’ll need to use a power broom to help bring it back to its original form. You can rent power brooms, or even hire a service to come and do it for you professionally. A power broom can do more than a regular broom because the brush moves over 200 times per minute and will remove the debris on the surface of your grass, and restore the blades back to their upright height.
So if you’ve been thinking about finally doing something with that patch in your yard that just won’t grow, or wanting to be water conscious, and have been thinking about switching to artificial grass, now’s a great time to make the switch. With so many different options and variations out there in the market, you’re sure to find a grass that looks and feels good and fits your needs.