No one likes weeds. They grow abundantly and in odd places and removing weeds is a tiresome task. Several types are well known to California property owners and it seems they survive even in the driest, hottest heat. Continue reading How To Eliminate Your California Weeds Without Pesticides
The weather is changing California landscape design. California is known for its gorgeous weather but is also known for its lack of water, watering bans, and emphasis on conservation.
With many areas falling into dry, desert climates, residents are finding it impossible to have natural grass lawns. They require too much water and dry up in the winter. The alternative is to find ways to create a beautiful yard without natural grass.
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. Continue reading What Environmental Effects Do Lawn Care Chemicals Have?
Artificial turf can accommodate your life in so many ways, but one of the best aspects of installing it is freeing up your time. Its low maintenance will allow you more free time than you have now trying to keep your natural grass looking its best.
You will find there are seven chores that can be eliminated once you install artificial turf.
Fertilizers, pesticides and other chemicals help make lawns beautiful, but you will be shocked to learn how those chemicals can affect your family’s health.
Types of Chemicals
Lawn chemicals fall into several categories and all can play a role in the health of adults, children and pets. There are three million cases globally of pesticide poisoning, according to the World Health Organization. While many of those are in developing countries outside the United States, children in this country are also showing signs of toxins in their systems because of exposure to chemicals.
Synthetic grass has several advantages and one of the biggest pros of installing it is its low maintenance. Artificial turf requires little care, so you will find buying it will give you more money and time to do other things.
There are specifically five things you will stop buying once your new synthetic turf is installed.
Let’s be honest, most people had rather be on a boat or watching a ballgame rather than mowing the grass. Lawn care is something everyone knows must be done, but would love to spend their time doing something else, which makes synthetic grass the perfect time-saver.
Most people spend at least an hour on their lawn every week, but some with large yards and more landscaping can spend more than six hours a week working to keep it perfect. There is a way to drastically reduce that workload and save thousands of dollars over a decade.
Outdoor living areas can be difficult to utilize. You may have an indoor or outdoor deck surface surrounding your pool or patio, but how are you using the rest of your yard? Most people aren’t using it at all, which makes artificial grass a great option.
Many people turn to wood surfaces, but they tend to get moldy and slick. Not only that, they don’t always last and will need treatment overtime. Others turn to concrete surfaces, which tend to show messes, are uncomfortable to walk/sit on and are usually just plain ugly.
Did you know the average American homeowner spends more than 40 hours a year on lawn care? Having a nice lawn is great, but it also takes a lot of energy, money and, most importantly, your precious time! Learn how much time natural grass is taking from you and then check out artificial grass as an alternative.
Pet owners greatly value their furry friends, but we all know that pets can be messy. A great solution for many is getting synthetic grass for dogs. But which is the best synthetic grass for dogs, one might ask. There are a number of synthetic grass options that are suitable for our canine companions but a few stand out from the rest, if you know what to look for.
Natural Vs Synthetic Lawn – What’s the difference in cost?
There are a lot of things to consider with natural vs synthetic lawn installations. First and foremost, there are many environmental benefits, but let’s get down to the bottom line. How much is it actually going to cost? We get this question all the time. Here’s a cost analysis we’ve put together that compares natural vs synthetic lawn from Artificial Turf Express:
Weed Control for Synthetic Grass
This is the second article in our series about weed control for synthetic grass. We are often asked about what you preventative measures you can take to prevent weed growth. Obviously, spilling sugary drinks like soda or spitting sunflower seeds on the turf are bad ideas. But do those things actually prevent weed growth? Not exactly. However, one of the the main contributing factors for weeds on synthetic lawns is the introduction of organic matter to the turf. This is problematic because in its natural state, artificial grass has no organic matter.
The daylight hours are getting shorter, and the nights are getting longer. We’re seeing frost on our cars in the morning, and bundling up in the evening. The leaves are changing from green to beautiful oranges and browns, and this can only mean one thing – Fall is here! But if you’ve got artificial turf at your home or business, you might be wondering about synthetic grass maintenance.
Synthetic Lawn Maintenance Tips
The most important thing to realize about synthetic lawn maintenance is that taking care of an artificial lawn is much easier than a natural lawn. With an all-natural lawn, trimmings as well as edgings need to be consistently discarded. Synthetic grass does not create any type of grass waste. Aside from tree debris like sticks and leaves, there isn’t much to do, but there are a few things to know.
Synthetic Turf Council Releases a Video Discussing the Truth About Crumb Rubber
Many artificial turf companies have received a backlash on their use of infill. This video talks the truth about crumb rubber, so that people learn more about it. At Artificial Turf Express, we sell many types of infill, including crumb rubber, silica sand, walnut shell, and a coated silica sand.
The Lifespan of Artificial Grass
By design, synthetic grass is developed to be durable as well as long lasting. It is created from polypropylene and nylon, as well as various other fibers that represent its capability to survive numerous years. With appropriate treatment as well as upkeep, synthetic grass could last upwards of 25 years with just marginal indications of wear and tear. Here are some things to consider when understanding the lifespan of artificial grass.
The Environmental Impact of Artificial Turf
In California, watering natural lawns in homes and businesses amounts to about seven percent of the state’s water supply. In fact, about 51 percent of the state’s water usage from families is from home lawn upkeep. This is very taxing to the state’s total water usage. If residents switched from natural lawns to artificial turf, the state’s water use be cut by almost 25 percent. Why does this matter? Simply because the state’s severe drought is causing water costs to drastically rise. As a homeowner, avoiding these heavy water costs is important. When combining this factor with the cost of living in California, it is clear that your wallet is taking heavy, unnecessary hits. This article explores not only the water savings from converting to a synthetic lawn, but also the true environmental impact of artificial turf.
Five Myths About Artificial Turf
If you are interested in installing a synthetic lawn, it is likely that you have heard several myths about artificial turf. In this age of infinite access to information, we’re bound to hear many things that have the potential to shape our decisions. We intend to clear up some of the mysteries about purchasing turf or installing a synthetic lawn.
Things to Know about Synthetic Lawns
Artificial turf — you may have seen it in sporting arenas or in your neighbor’s yard. Maybe you didn’t even know it was synthetic. Perhaps you’re beginning to research on turf and don’t know where to start. Maybe you’re wondering if synthetic lawns are the best choice for your yard? Well, here are six things to know about synthetic lawns!
The Difference Between Vintage AstroTurf and Modern Artificial Turf
Artificial turf is one of the landscape design items that has become far more sophisticated over the last few years. Many people remember the original AstroTurf synthetic lawn, which were popularized in the 60’s and 70’s. It was featured in sports and TV shows like The Brady Bunch. While customers who bought AstroTurf enjoyed some of the benefits of having artificial grass, they had what we have today. One of the biggest drawbacks to the old stuff was that it definitely looked fake. Modern artificial turf looks like real grass without any of the hassle. Watering, mowing, and other maintenance are no longer an issue.
Artificial Lawn Maintenance Tips
One of the perks of artificial turf is that requires much less water and maintenance than real grass. However, even synthetic grass does need some upkeep to stay lush and green year-round. Regular foot traffic, falling leaves, and pet waste are just a few factors that can diminish the appearance of your lawn. Here are a few artificial lawn maintenance tips to keep your grass looking and feeling its best.
The demand for artificial grass for landscaping is growing at 10 to 15 percent per year. This has been stimulated by several factors, including the desire for lower maintenance, an all weather surface, and the recent droughts in the country that have led to a serious water shortage.
Modern artificial turf offers high quality surfaces, a realistic appearance, and long life which is why it makes perfect sense for gardeners who are strapped for time. That’s because artificial grass requires minimal maintenance and frees gardeners to focus on other tasks such as tending to flower gardens, home maintenance, and business. It’s a smart choice that saves both time and water, and it looks good too!
There’s just something beautiful and comforting about mown grass. Whether you’re throwing a ball, lying in the shade on a hot day, or sitting outside on a warm night, a green lawn is a pleasure.
Writer Wallace Stegner, having grown up in dry, wild Saskatchewan, Canada, first saw a lawn at age 11 in Montana. “I stooped down and touched its cool nap in awe and unbelief. I think I held my breath ― I had not known that people anywhere lived with such grace.”
Jessica Calefati recently reported that homeowners associations can no longer fine residents who fail to water their lawns during droughts under legislation sponsored by a San Jose lawmaker.
Reports earlier this year that a San Lorenzo association threatened in writing to retaliate against a man with a burned lawn inspired Assembly Bill 2100. But reports of those threats — the focus of at least one television news story — might have been inaccurate.
If you live in a low-water area, or if you’re just tired of constant lawn maintenance, you’re in good company.
More homeowners are saving time, water — and their backs — by switching from real grass to artificial turf.
For a city famous for innovation, things move slowly in San Francisco. Haven’t we been debating the proposed soccer fields at the Beach Chalet in Golden Gate Park for eons?
We have. A search of The Chronicle’s archives finds a soccer field improvement proposal from 2001.
Is synthetic lawn pet friendly?
Absolutely! The drainage holes allow the urine to drain through the product to the base. Depending on the amount of rain in your specific area, homeowners may need to hose off these areas to help the drainage process. With dogs, it is also recommended to use something like Simple Green® or a vinegar and water solution to keep the area clean. Please refer to our Care and Maintenance Guide for additional care instructions for pets.
Synthetic grass is much easier to care for than natural grass. You do not have to drag a heavy bag of smelly fertilizer around. There is no need to use harsh chemicals that could raise allergies. And the biggest bonus of all – you don’t have to waste your weekends trying to start the lawn mower!
Having said that, there is still some work you need to do to keep your lawn clean and safe. Here are a few tips you can follow to promote the longevity of your lawn:
Yes, synthetic lawns are virtually maintenance-free but there are some regular steps you should take to keep your turf looking and performing its best.
With the Go Green movement really taking stride, it is very important to do everything you can to do your part as well. When updating your home to be more environmental friendly it is very important to consider your lawn. Many of Americans do not realize how many chemicals they are putting into their lawns to make it greener; natural lawns are no longer very natural. Now that spring is creeping up on us it is time to update your lawn, help the environment and give yourself a yard you can enjoy. Below I have listed several reasons why installing a synthetic turf lawn will make your home more “Green.”
Oh, weeds! The dreaded subject of any lawn care person. Weeds always seem to pop up everywhere and anywhere, but with a synthetic grass lawn you will not need to worry about weeds any longer.
Yes, even with the installation of your own synthetic lawn, you will still spot a few weeds sprouting up in your lawn, but not to worry they will not grow big. When you install your own synthetic grass you will see that there is a sand infill to help disperse any moisture in your lawn. Well this sand infill can actually provide a hydroponic environment, which is friendly for weeds to grown in. The synthetic grass also has a backing which is strong enough to keep the roots of the weeds from growing into the soil.
Artificial turf – you have probably seen it in sports stadiums or even on your neighbor’s lawn and didn’t even realize it wasn’t real. Maybe you’re just starting to do the research and or wonder whether it’s a good if is it alternative for your yard? Well, just as recently as 10-years ago, the answer may have been no. However, with the advancements in artificial turf products and thanks in part to the new developments by artificial turf manufacturers, synthetic lawns are becoming an ever present alternative for homeowners around the country.
Artificial lawns are one of the few landscaping products that continue to get better and better with new technology, especially over the past few years. While pavers and stamped concrete have made small strides in product development, many of today’s artificial grass products are now manufactured especially for homeowners that care about the look and feel of the products as opposed to sports performance.