These days, homeowners collaborate with professionals to design and install stunning artificial grass as part of a modern garden. Artificial grass blades have evolved from a shiny green plastic spotted a mile away to such a life-like look that it’s impossible to tell the grass is fake until you touch it or notice there are absolutely no brown spots in sight.
We all love beautiful, lush green lawns, but we also need water to sustain life. With water conservation becoming increasingly important particularly in California and the dry Southwestern deserts, many people are considering replacing their real lawn with artificial grass. One of the primary benefits of installing synthetic turf products at your home or business is a reduction of water consumption, resulting in cost savings to you while benefiting the environment in multiple ways.
Spring has sprung, and with summer closing in fast you’ll need that perfect family and friends backyard oasis ready to go for chilling in the sunshine and enjoying a few barbecues.
However, with a great lawn, comes a great amount of time and a solid amount of money. If you want your grass to look perfect, it needs care and attention. You need to cut the lawn, you need to pick the weeds, you need to keep the slugs and the bugs at bay. You need to stop the dogs from burying toys in your slice of paradise, and you need to make sure the neighbor’s cat uses his own litter box instead of appropriating your garden.
Artificial grass is great. It can give you that perfect, rolling green lawn all year around, with having to worry about the usual mud, mess and fuss of a real grass garden. No creepy crawlies, no mowing, no watering, no weeding, artificial grass takes care of it all.
But like a good garden or any good floor, you’ve got to know what you’re doing to get the best results. While installing artificial grass is relatively easy and shouldn’t be a problem for anyone with even the most basic DIY skills – even if you’re the kind of person who is baffled by IKEA furniture – these top tips will help ensure that the grass is always greener for you.
Shaw Industries, Inc. recently retained Dr. Laura C. Green, a noted toxicologist, to review claims in the media that synthetic turf athletic fields that utilize crumb-rubber as an infill material may pose a risk of cancer to those who use them, particularly children and adolescents.
Dr. Green holds a B.A. with honors from the Department of Chemistry at Wellesley College (1975) and a Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (1981). She is a diplomate of the American Board of Toxicology (D.A.B.T.). Dr. Green has performed original research, published, and consulted in the areas of chemical carcinogenesis, toxicology and pharmacology, food chemistry, analytical chemistry, risk assessment, and regulatory policy. She also served as Research Director of the Scientific Conflict Mapping Project at the Harvard University School of Public Health, during which time she co-authored the text, In Search of Safety: Chemicals and Cancer Risk. Dr. Green has also been retained by schools and municipalities to advise them on the health aspects of synthetic turf athletic and recreation facilities.
OAKLAND, Calif. — Sitting in the sun on a patch of green grass behind his home, Paul O’Valle does not feel bad about having an urban oasis despite the state’s drought.
His yard is artificial turf.
In a wise decision made five years ago, five South Bay high schools included artificial turf in a $70 million project to upgrade its athletic fields and the water saving is significant.
The Field of Dreams at Fremont High School is no longer grass. The grass has been replaced with artificial turf on the football field, a footprint of just over 1.6 acres. One baseball field also has artificial turf, while another is half grass and half artificial.
More than just a practical feature, artificial turf has taken on a whole new dimension in the field of design and creativity. Traditionally a replacement for grass or used as a fun feature in the yards of aspiring amateur golfers, synthetic turf has taken on an entirely new element as an accent piece.
Artificial Turf Express has made installing artificial grass so easy, that do-it-yourselfers have made an art out of the fake grass. Placed under boulders, beside ponds, or as a frame around gardens or floral designs, synthetic turf has added a new facet to the beauty of yards. For the decorator in you, cut and piece artificial turf in between pavers to add color and creativity to your walkway. For a bolder appearance, space different sized sections of artificial turf in asymmetrical patterns adjacent to tiles and pavers of different textures and colors. The result is a freeform appearance of a very colorful and artistic design that is sure to have the neighborhood talking.
Artificial Turf Express (ATE) recognizes that homeowners and business owners who want the beauty and low-maintenance benefits of artificial turf sometimes have other obligations that keep them from installing the product themselves. Rather than delay the installation of synthetic turf, people looking to beauty their yards have turned to hiring professional contractors to install our products for them. The benefits to the homeowner/business owner as well as the contractor are many, and ATE offers superior products, excellent customer service, and a vast selection of materials to complete your yard or commercial design. Some of the benefits include:
Artificial grass can provide attractive, low-maintenance and functional spaces ideal for community events, concerts and more.
As of the end of 2014, 40-45 million square feet of synthetic grass for landscape has been installed in the United States, according to the Synthetic Turf Council. It is a fast growing segment of the artificial turf market, as more homeowners, businesses and municipalities realize its many advantages.