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Worried About Your Synthetic Turf Fading Or Staining?

 
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Some considering synthetic turf may have concerns over whether it will fade or stain over time. While the concern is understandable, synthetic turf is an incredibly durable product that is not prone to staining or fading.

The fact that artificial grass remains green all year and looks fantastic even in harsh weather is the reason many people choose it. It also is low maintenance eliminating the need for chores like mowing, weeding and applying chemicals like fertilizers and pesticides.

There are two main reasons why synthetic turf is resistant to staining and fading.

Manufacturing Materials

Synthetic turf is primarily made of nylon and polyurethane, but it also has other items in the manufacturing mix that adds to its durability. Artificial grass will not rip or tear. Pets can’t dig through it or rip it. The same material that makes it durable also prevents staining.

Materials used in manufacturing synthetic turf don’t allow fluids to seep into the blades. Since fluids and other materials that would stain rinse off the blades rather than seeping in, they can’t cause stains. Learn more about our products here.

Protection from the Sun

Artificial grass is created with UV stabilizers in the mix, which prevent the product from fading. Artificial turf with UV stabilizers has less than an 8 percent fade over a decade.

The stabilizers are added as the blades are created, so it is part of the fabric and will not wear off and can’t be washed off.

Reality of Fading

There will be some slight fading as the product ages, but it is minimal if you get a quality product. Most synthetic grass comes with a 10-year warranty, so it is guaranteed for at least a decade. It is made to withstand extreme weather, although the type of weather it endures could contribute to fading.

There are some things that can damage your synthetic turf. Caustic chemicals, like battery acid, can damage it along with other petroleum-based chemicals. It is recommended these type of chemicals be kept away from your artificial grass. Also, chemicals like bleach and certain home cleaners will likely damage artificial turf. Basically, any chemical that can damage fabric can hurt a synthetic grass lawn since the product is a manufactured fabric.

Things You Can Do to Protect Your Lawn

There are things a homeowner with synthetic turf can do to protect their investment. The first, and most important thing is to follow instructions given to you by the manufacturer regarding maintenance.

The second thing to do occasionally is to rinse it. While artificial grass does not require watering like natural grass, it does need to be rinsed to prevent staining and fading. This is especially true if you live in an extremely hot, dusty environment. An occasional rinse will remove dust and keep your grass looking fresh.

Be sure to remove any debris from your yard as soon as you see it. Tree sap from branches is hard to remove once it has hardened. Food debris from wrappers or other items your kids may bring out could also be messy for your lawn. These things can be removed by freezing it away.

It is a good idea to move heavy items on your lawn, like lawn furniture around sometimes. Leaving heavy objects to sit on your artificial grass for a long period of time will compress it. Also, it allows uneven sun exposure, which can become noticeable over a long period of time.

Considering its durability and low-maintenance, synthetic turf remains a solid choice to improve your landscaping. It will look fantastic for years and will save you money on maintenance in the long run.

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How Does Synthetic Turf Keep Water From Puddling? Find out!

 
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Those who have synthetic turf will tell you that it’s a great way to resolve any drainage or pudding problems. This is one of the best advantages of installing synthetic turf. There are several reasons why it works so well to resolve draining issues.

Leveling

Those installing your synthetic turf will prepare the land first by removing all the natural grass. They will then evaluate the topography and work to level it before installing artificial grass. That means installers will eliminate dips and valleys in your yard that typically are areas where water pools. Your yard will be as level as possible before installation begins.

Creating Channels

Your installers may create channels in your yard as part of the project. This method allows water to drain down a slope to one low area at your yard’s edge. Installers dig to create a number of channels to allow drainage. The channels can be as simple as smaller paths for water in the cover material or a complete network of larger tubes that produces maximum drainage.

Yards that have a gentle slope are perfect for using the channel method.

Finger System

Those installing your synthetic turf may use the finger system to eliminate drainage and pooling issues. This has basically four components. The first could include grooves created in the soil to maximize drainage. These are small and filled with pea gravel or another stone. The small network of grooves is why it’s called the finger system as it allows water to trickle down into the soil or a pooling area.

The ground cover lays on the dirt, then infill is placed and the synthetic turf carpet layer is installed on top. The artificial grass carpet has holes for penetration. Typically, it has a mesh backing so water can pass through. The water then goes through the infill and then through the ground cover. Eventually, it seeps into the soil below.

Blade Coating

The ways synthetic blades are manufactured reduces pooling or drainage issues. Blades are coating with a protective material to prevent them from slipping out of their backing. Typically, the coating is porous so water drains through the product to the ground. The other manufacturing option is the grass fabric includes holes to allow drainage.

The manufacturing standards for synthetic grass makes it an effective product to eliminate water pooling or drainage issues. The methods used in installation also further reduces problems related to water drainage.

Installing synthetic turf is one good way to resolve some common problems many homeowners experience with their yards. Once it is installed, you will find you can use your whole yard more because there will not be puddles or mud. That means more time for the whole family to spend outside!

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Learn What Artificial Grass Maintenance Entails

 

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No yard is completely maintenance free, but artificial grass maintenance is far less cumbersome than the work you must do to keep up with a natural grass yard.

Those who have traditional natural grass yards must constantly mow, weed, rake, water, fertilize, aerate, and use chemicals like weed killer and pesticides. Homeowners with artificial grass do none of that. Continue reading Learn What Artificial Grass Maintenance Entails

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How Does Synthetic Grass Feel And Look?

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Synthetic grass looks and feels more natural than ever. Your dog won’t notice and your children will find it difficult to tell the difference. Your guests probably won’t know unless you tell them. Modern artificial turf is that good.

Looking Like the Real Thing

Most people think of the old-style synthetic turf when they think about artificial grass. You remember it, the short, carpet-looking grass on football fields. Times have changed and so has the products and process for creating synthetic grass.

The blades of today’s artificial grass are individually constructed using molds for thin sheets of nylon and polypropylene. They drawn out by strands and then shaped into either an oval or cross-cut shape, resembling natural grass. The fact that each blade isn’t exactly the same shape is one reason many mistake synthetic grass for real grass.

Blades are cut to varying lengths and are assembled into a mesh backing with the different heights throughout. This variation also makes artificial turf look like natural grass. There are different shades of green also, so it can fit in with natural colors in your area.

A good infill will help blades stand straight and tall and prevent them from being crushed under heavy foot traffic.

Go Barefoot on Synthetic Grass

Today’s artificial grass is soft enough that you or your kids can run around barefoot and be comfortable. It may even fill softer than natural grass because there are no weeds, stickers or rocks to hurt feet. It really is incredibly difficult to tell the difference in the feel in synthetic grass and natural grass.

Dogs and pets have no problem getting used to going to the bathroom on artificial grass. Yet, it is easier to clean up. Plus dogs love the feel of the turf and so will you!

The reason artificial grass is so comfortable is that it’s created to be similar in height and density of natural grass. A filler makes it better for absorbing shock, so it cushions feet as kids run and play. It also makes it feel like there is soil underneath even though the mesh backing covered all the dirt.

Synthetic turf is created to be so close to natural grass that many pro and amateur golfers use it for personal putting greens. It is also used for children’s playgrounds for its safety and aesthetics.

Artificial grass is a good investment too because it will improve curb appeal that stays beautiful all year. It will save you money over time.

Artificial grass offers many advantages over natural grass for the money spent. It stays green all year, is easy to maintain and reduces insects and other pests. The fact few can tell the difference between synthetic grass and real grass is a plus that wins many new customers over. You can see and feel it for yourself in showrooms!

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What Environmental Effects Do Lawn Care Chemicals Have?

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It may surprise some to know that installing artificial grass can create a healthier environment. That’s because going with synthetic turf virtually eliminates lawn care chemicals that affect humans in several adverse ways.

The Problem with Chemicals

Lawn care chemicals cause health problems in both people and pets in primarily two ways:

  • Direct contact or ingestion
  • Indirect ingestion

Children and pets are the most affected by lawn care chemicals because they are closer to the ground than adults. Kids roll around on the ground in their play and sports activities and dogs love to stretch out on grass to get full sun. Being that close to where chemicals are applied is not healthy.

Chemicals used in lawn maintenance end up on kids’ clothes and in animals fur, prolonging exposure. Pets then lick their fur to clean themselves after outdoor play and ingest them. Cases of cancer among dogs are rising and veterinarians think it’s because of increased exposure to chemicals and additives in pet foods.

Humans also unknowingly ingest lawn care chemicals indirectly. These chemicals are washed into streams and pushed into the ground when it rains. They end up in groundwater, which then travels to other areas. Sometimes it is used for public consumption or irrigation on farms. People then drink the water or eat products produced at farms. Livestock can eat food grown with this chemically-filled water, so the meat can also contain traces of chemicals even though it is regulated. All this means people are consuming poisons used to kill weeds, among other chemicals.

While there are regulations as to chemicals in our food, the government always allow for some chemical traces.

Artificial Grass to the Rescue

Homeowners installing artificial grass no longer need to use chemicals to gain a gorgeous yard. That means fewer chemicals are draining into the groundwater. The result is a healthier environment for everyone.

You also will be helping the ecological system in ponds and streams by installing synthetic grass. Chemicals plunging into waterways kill wildlife. A particular problem is algae. Species that feed off algae and control it are dying off due to chemicals, so algae is overtaking ponds and streams.

Reducing the amount will help return natural wetlands to their former status and balance. This means there could be more fishing areas opening up for locals enjoying the sport and a return to overall beauty for those wanting to enjoy nature.

Artificial turf also means less debris in the landfill because you will no longer need to cut and bag your grass.

Installing synthetic grass is not only a smart investment for you as a homeowner, but is environmentally prudent. It is a solution that offers a long-term solution to lawn care chemicals and the pollution they cause. It also provides a great space for your family to enjoy for years to come.

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The Toughness of Synthetic Grass Can Withstand Heavy Traffic

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You look at your lawn and sigh. It’s brown, has dirt spots and just hasn’t held up well over the winter and through droughts. It’s time to consider synthetic grass as an alternative.

Synthetic grass will keep your lawn looking green and fresh all year long. There are no worn spots or muddy areas once you install artificial turf. More than all that, it is tough and durable. Continue reading The Toughness of Synthetic Grass Can Withstand Heavy Traffic

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Make Your Lawn More Useful Year-Round with Synthetic Grass

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While the fall and winter weather may be perfect for outdoor entertaining, your yard may be less than desirable. Dead grass, bare areas, and other off-season issues make outdoor family time or entertaining with friends more challenging. Synthetic grass can change all that.

Synthetic grass is the best option for year-round use of your lawn. You can use pebbles or concrete to create an outdoor space, but they are hard surfaces. Children’s falls will end in scrapes. They absorb heat too, making the area hotter. Continue reading Make Your Lawn More Useful Year-Round with Synthetic Grass

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Is Cleaning Artificial Turf Difficult? See For Yourself!

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Some considering artificial turf may be hesitating because they are uncertain how to clean or maintain it. For those use to mowing, weeding, spraying and edging, it may seem too simple to maintain yard with artificial turf. Yet, it is simple.

Artificial turf is low-maintenance but does require some care. You do need to pick up debris and occasionally clean soiled areas. Even with that, caring for artificial turf requires much less effort and expense than caring for a natural lawn. Continue reading Is Cleaning Artificial Turf Difficult? See For Yourself!

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Field of Dreams: See Why Synthetic Grass Is Prefered On Sports Fields

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Build a great sports field and they will come. Athletes come to practice and play and parents and friends come to watch. That is a lot of use for a field and field owners are discovering their best long-term investment is synthetic grass.

There are some solid reasons why synthetic grass makes for an excellent option for recreational sports fields including:

  • Aesthetics
  • Durability
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Safe for children

Continue reading Field of Dreams: See Why Synthetic Grass Is Prefered On Sports Fields