Did you know that Americans spend an estimated $30 billion annually on lawn care? At least according to a December 19 New York Times article, where author Steven Kurutz reported on the battles between homeowners who plant vegetable gardens in their front yards and city ordinances that consider only tended lawns or shrubs to be appropriate for street-facing areas.
When you are considering purchasing a DYI or synthetic lawn project to improve your home landscaping, there are many different terms that you will come across. In previous blog posts, we offered simple definitions for many of the words you will encounter. To help you understand the terms farther; this blog post is going to apply those terms for you.
There are many different types of synthetic lawns and they each require a certain type of thatch or infill. It is very important to get the right type of infill or thatch to sustain your lawn for years to come. There are many different types of synthetic grasses and many need to have a certain type of infill or may not need one at all.
Once you have picked out the type of synthetic grass you want to install to better the appearance and quality of your lawn it’s time to measure and cut the lawn so it fits properly. Cutting the turf will be a very simple process if you follow the DYI tips and steps.
When you’re shopping for synthetic grass there are a lot of terms you may not be so familiar with. To become more familiar with the terms I have written a short explanation for each of them to help you become more knowledgeable and understand what you are purchasing.
One of the biggest concerns when making the decision to purchase a synthetic green lawn is how your pet will react. But, no need to worry because you’re animal will not even notice the difference – only you will! The improvements in your pet’s life are subtle, probably fewer baths! A dog will not even notice running around on synthetic grass rather than the natural grass. Your synthetic lawn will be very durable and unlikely to suffer any damage, digging, or muddy spots caused by a dog or other animal.
When looking at installing a synthetic lawn it is very important to consider the type of draining system you want to have. The type of synthetic lawn draining system should always be considered before installing because the use of the lawn and draining system will affect the durability. In the synthetic lawn industry you will find two types of drains, which are commonly used; the standard – hole punch backing and the coffee filter type-draining system.
When it comes to installing your own synthetic lawn, one of the main questions that everyone has is, ‘what tools will I need?’ Well there are a few specialty tools that will be needed but also many common household tools, there is a list below of both specialty and common tools which will be needed to install your synthetic lawn.
For those of you who are struggling with which tools to purchase to be able to easily install your perfect lawn.
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.
When doing research for ways to improve your lawn by yourself it is always fun to see the difference we can make in the environment around us. Artificial grass may not strike you as “Going Green” because it is artificial, but there are so many ways that artificial turf is helping rather than hindering.