There are many things to know about artificial grass blade shapes. The shapes will definitely influence your turf’s durability, sheen, and softness. People generally want their turf to be durable, although some products are more appropriate for high traffic areas. For example, many peoples are turned off by turf that looks too shiny. The sheen of a turf product is generally influenced by its blade width. Some people are looking for turf specifically for landscaping purposes, such as our Natural Fescue product. But in order to understand blade types, we should look at certain products, such as our W Fescue Pro.
Generally speaking, synthetic lawns are far more durable than a natural lawn. As many people know, natural lawns are subject to damage from pets, or heavy foot traffic, or the changing seasons. With synthetic grass, these are not issues, but there are some other things to consider. Despite this, artificial grass can be damaged from caustic chemicals, severe heat, sharp objects, and everything else that can damage plastic and polyethylene.
Installing a synthetic lawn is definitely a large investment. If you want your investment to be worth it, you’ll need to know how to maintain and protect your turf. Here are the things that you’ll want to avoid to maintain your synthetic lawn.
Best Uses for Synthetic Grass: Honing your creativity
At Artificial Turf Express, we are always astounded at all of the creative uses for synthetic grass. We often get to see people apply their creativity into their turf installations, and we have assisted customers with many projects. Here are some of the coolest uses for synthetic grass that we’ve seen!
Drought Tolerant Artificial Grass’ New Legislation
California’s historic drought has continued for many years now, and many legislators are now looking into updating old laws regarding artificial turf. Historically, installing artificial turf was not always easy for homeowners. There were many provisions surrounding the installation process, and some locales were flat-out banning artificial turf. Metropolitan code, HOAs, as well as various other ways of oversight have protected homeowners. Recently, California State Assembly member Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) has been pushing for drought solutions and water savings. Through Assembly Bill 1164, which declares a state of urgency for the drought, Gatto has sought solutions to this potentially devastating problem. If passed, AB 1164 would forbid a city, or region from passing or implementing any type of statute that forbids the setup of artificial turf on property.
The 3 Major Environmental Benefits of Synthetic Grass
There are many environmental benefits of synthetic grass. Not only does it reduce your landscape maintenance costs, but it also benefits our environment. Let’s look at some of the ways:
UC Davis Medical Center Installs Synthetic Grass
In our state’s capital, the UC Davis Medical Center installs synthetic grass. They selected artificial grass as the centerpiece of their massive aesthetic renovations to their main campus in Sacramento. The work was done by Heavenly Greens, another artificial turf installation company in San Jose. The entirety of the turf installation is approximately 7,500 square feet, and includes their main traffic circle, and two other small lawn areas in front of their lobby.
4 Benefits of Backyard Artificial Grass
People with pools at home find many the advantages of getting backyard artificial grass installed. They find that artificial grass is very versatile and can be used on outdoor patios, as well as decks, and even for above ground swimming pools. Standard lawn systems dry out rapidly, and are tarnished and stained by chlorine or other swimming pool chemicals.
Climatologists predict a strong El Niño this winter and some Californians are hailing it as the end of the drought – and of their water conservation efforts. However, it’s too soon to celebrate just yet, and here’s why:
Last month we spotlighted some stars nervy enough to waste water by making sure their resort-like back yards were the model of perfection. By examining the way some Beverly Hills stars kept their lawn plush and their pools filled, you would never know California was suffering the worst drought on record in 60 years.
Artificial Turf Express would like to recognize that not all stars dismiss the reality that we are in a severe drought and need to converse water. Some celebrities have gone to great extremes and shared some practical solutions in their crusade to save water. Here are some of our favorite examples of stars saving water:
When drought shaming first started last summer, it was a state sanctioned activity. California passed a law that could fine residents up to $500 per day for wasteful activities that include hosing down driveways and overwatering lawns. (Recently, the state governor proposed to up that max daily penalty to $10,000.) Now, as the state enters its fourth year of drought, public attention has begun to shift toward some of the more obscene examples of water excess: Celebrities like Kim Kardashian and Kanye West, whose sprawling green lawns and glittering pools are literally oases in a desert, Ritz hotels that water-mist their wealthy patrons (wtf?), and certain wonderful corporations that source bottled water from drought-stricken regions.
Are you sick of watering your grass and all the maintenance involved in keeping up your lawn? If so, artificial grass turf may be a great choice for you.
Not only will you be able to eliminate mowing your lawn, you won’t have to water, and your synthetic lawn will look green and lush year around.
You see it every day, California drought. Hear it everyday, California drought. Sixty percent of California is in “exceptional drought” and unfortunately, it does not appear that there is a high chance of that condition being alleviated this winter.
Kevin Werner, the western regional climate services director at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, says, “groundwater has been significantly, and in many cases, severely depleted and that fact is unlikely to change even if we get a normal rainfall year.”
The drought is changing California’s landscape in some unexpected ways.
Not only is it drying up lakes, turning streams to a trickle and causing the land to sink, it’s weaning Californians off lush, water-guzzling lawns.
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.
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.
No mowing and saves water, too? Synthetic turf indeed sounds like the perfect lawn for parched landscapes.
Recent technological innovations make today’s fake grass look better than the real thing. Dogs like it. Neighbors can’t tell the difference. And in the grips of prolonged drought, a no-water green space has its appeal.
As drought levels continue to rise, home and business owners in hot, arid climates seek alternatives to water-intensive natural turf grass. Water restrictions are in place for many areas of the country, and some drought-stricken areas like here in California are offering rebate programs for those replacing their natural grass lawns with water-wise plants or artificial turf landscaping.
Lawn irrigation is one of the largest culprits of residential water usage. The typical natural grass lawn requires 55 gallons of water per square foot per year, or 82,500 gallons for a modest 1,500 square foot lawn.
When it’s today’s advanced artificial turf, the green alternative to wasteful (and expensive) lawn watering, pesticide and weed poison usage and the weekly gas and oil combustion pollution added by millions of lawnmowers across the country.
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.