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Removing a lawn? Check out synthetic turf

 

It was often considered the bad toupee of the landscaping world by people who observed the glaringly fake grass that started appearing in the 1960s. Back then, it could even give football players the equivalent of rug burns if they were tackled on the stuff.

Though scoffing might still be a frequent response today when the topic comes up, the artificial turf industry has quietly reinvented itself and has been winning converts among residential and commercial customers fed up with planting, watering, mowing, edging, feeding, weeding, aerating, patching and all the other tasks of nurturing a real lawn.

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Artificial Lawn Popularity Continues to Grow During Drought

 

Companies that manufacture, sell or install artificial lawns are experiencing a boom in business, due to the drought-like conditions and watering restrictions in many California cities.

But the synthetic lawns today aren’t the same plastic AstroTurf made popular in the 1970s. The products on the market now, are not just used for putting greens and football fields either.

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Battle over artificial turf heats up in HOAs

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Artificial turf has gained grudging acceptance on front lawns from Sacramento to San Diego, driven by years of drought and residents’ shrinking patience for water-guzzling natural grass.

But inside the world of California’s private homeowner associations, the battle over whether synthetic turf should be allowed is still very much alive —- and heating up, month-by-parched month.

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5 Cool Ways to Use Synthetic Grass to Improve Your Landscape

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You may like the idea of synthetic grass turf, but have no idea how to use it in your outdoor space. While you can obviously replace your patchy yard with this eco-friendly option, there are also a number of fun uses for this product. Whether you want to enjoy your outdoor space year round or want to enjoy grass in any part of your yard, synthetic grass is a great option. Here are just five cool ways to use synthetic grass to improve your landscaping.

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The History and Evolution of Artificial Turf

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Artificial grass has come a long way since fall of 1966, when The Houston Oilers AFL football season began on more than 125,000 square feet of removable Astroturf. Installed in the Houston Astrodome and used for both football and baseball fields, this marked the first time that synthetic turf was used in pro sports. The use of artificial turf became more mainstream in the 1970s as some baseball and football stadiums in both the United States and Canada began to embrace the cost saving benefits of this new technology. Sports arenas located in the colder climates of the Midwest and Northeast, requiring the all weather capability offered by an indoor facility, utilized these new products extensively during that period.

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Puppy Proofing Your Home With Artificial Grass for Dogs

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From those big brown eyes to those giant paws, the newest addition to your home can become an added challenge. “Puppy-proofing” can potentially be a long-winded process that takes up much time, effort, and money. In fact, some may even compare it to the excruciating process of baby-proofing a house. However, it definitely has its added benefits, including preserving the condition of your house and key parts of your property, including your furniture and your yard. Another significant benefit is to, of course, ensure utmost safety for your puppy. Though the process may entail several tasks, there are a few easy changes that can be done to significantly aid in creating a safe environment for your new puppy. One of these changes is the switch from a natural lawn to an artificial grass for dogs. This relatively simple task can turn your backyard into a comfortable, durable, and safe place for your puppy to play on and enjoy all year long.

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Ready to Retire the Lawnmower – Synthetic Grass May be a Cut Above

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When you look at your backyard do you see a lush lawn — the kind that your children can romp around on, the cat can graze on and the dog can lie on while basking in the sun? The kind of lawn that’s freshly mowed, that’s ever green and never spotty? Perhaps it’s the kind of lawn that you can only see when you look over the fence into your neighbor’s yard? Of course the grass is always greener but in this case it might indeed be true.

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Sticking It – 10 Adhesive Tips for Synthetic Turf Installation

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Synthetic turf, playground, landscape, and other recreational surfaces are installed at hotels, office buildings, shopping malls, traffic islands, apartments and condominiums, patios, sun decks, terraces, swimming pools, golf courses, golf tees and putting greens, etc. A good appearance and long term durability are required by these installations. Additionally, synthetic turf is also increasingly being used instead of natural grass, for both water conservation purposes and because of concerns about pesticides and some fertilizers used for natural grass.

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Time to bury the artificial debate over synthetic turf

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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.

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Synthetic Lawn Frequently Asked Question (FAQs)

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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.

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