Water is Necessary for Life: Saving Water with Synthetic Grass
We all know that water is essential for human life. Our basic health and ability to survive are absolutely dependent on it. It is also essential for food production, as well as many other economic and recreational purposes. Despite this, we are in the midst of a global crisis, where more than one billion people lack access to even a minimal supply of clean water. That being said, the average American family uses approximately 400 gallons of water per day. When expanded, our global water use is around 4 trillion cubic meters of fresh water per year. With all that being said, where does artificial turf come into play? Well, we all know about saving water with synthetic grass. But how much water do we actually save?
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.
At our warehouse, people often ask us about artificial grass financing plans. More specifically, they ask if they are available, and what do these financing plans entail? We have said many times that installing artificial turf is an investment. You reap the benefits over time in water savings, maintenance savings, saving time, and saving you from stress. That’s well and good, but what if you can’t handle the upfront cost at once? Luckily, many turf installation companies offer artificial grass financing, and municipalities offer rebates for converting your lawn to turf!
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.
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.
Many turf companies have warranties of several years, but that doesn’t always mean that your synthetic grass installation is entirely maintenance free. Yes, by switching to synthetic grass you avoid watering, seeding, and mowing your lawn. However, over time, you may begin to have turf flattening issues. This usually involves the blades falling over, giving them a matting effect. Some installations require a power broom to keep them looking pristine, and others just require a rake.
In this article, we discuss the differences in turf blades and how infill is essential in assisting your artificial grass installation looking good for years to come.
The Performance of Artificial Turf: Traction and Safety
We all know that the performance of artificial turf and natural grass are very different. As far as performance and safety, they just aren’t the same. Be wary of people that tell you they’ve broken new ground in the world of artificial turf. As far as we’re concerned, there are a lot of myths in and around the turf industry. The best thing you can do is to look at the scientific data.
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.
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.
Synthetic grass can be placed on nearly any type of surface area. Numerous health clubs and gyms are putting artificial turf on concrete rather than carpeting. This partially due to its appearance and also because it helps athletes in their training. Turf provides better traction than concrete, which can be hugely beneficial for an exercise routine.
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.
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.
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.
The Simi Valley City Council Monday night expanded the allowed uses of artificial turf throughout the city to conserve water during the state’s severe drought.
The council adopted an ordinance allowing use of synthetic grass, which does not require as much watering as real grass, in up to 50 percent of the landscape area of multifamily residential and nonresidential properties. The ordinance would not trump homeowners associations rules that forbid synthetic grass, but proposed legislation in Sacramento would.
Jessie Alamedes just spent over $400 removing a foxtail from her dog’s paw. These grass-like weeds with needle-tip heads burrow deeply into dogs’ paws, noses, ears, mouths, tails, and armpits after being caught on their fur. The results are excruciating pain for the animal, and a hefty medical bill for the owner.
Foxtails and other weeds are just many of the nuisances that a backyard or dog kennel has that can be detrimental to the health and well-being of a beloved pet. Mix in a rainy day or broken sprinkler on top of dead or dying grass, and you have the mixture for a muddy mess.
Synthetic grass is much easier to care for than natural grass. You don’t have to drag a heavy bag of smelly fertilizer around. There’s no need to use harsh chemicals that could raise allergies and are harmful to mother nature. Let’s not forget the double benefit of conserving water and lowering that water bill. And what may be the biggest bonus of all – you don’t have to waste your weekends trying to start the lawn mower!
Having said that, there’s still some work you need to do to keep your lawn clean and safe. Here are a few artificial grass maintenance tips you can follow to promote the longevity of your lawn:
As someone in the hospitality industry, you know the importance of satisfying your customers. To better cater to families with young children, you may want to install a hotel playground area. You have a variety of playground surfaces to choose from: synthetic turf, rubber mulch, rubber tiles, wood chips and sand are just a few examples. Consider the characteristics that make synthetic turf the best choice.
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.
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.”
Increasingly, more property owners have come to appreciate artificial grass for dogs as an alternative to natural grass surfaces. It offers low cost, low maintenance and continuous beauty over conventional grass surfaces, dirt, cement or gravel. In addition to the practical and aesthetic benefits of using synthetic turf, you can be assured that your dog will love the surface just as much as you, because it looks and feels just like real grass, but will not irritate, nick, cut or stick in your dog’s paws. Synthetic turf frees dog owners of the hassles of protecting natural grass, such as when grass dies or turns yellow from urine.
We know that there are many ‘would-be’ artificial grass owners who have long considered undertaking an installation at their home, only to talk themselves out of it for fear of the cost being prohibitive. Sadly, many of them have reached this conclusion without truly looking into the costs as well as the benefits. At Artificial Turf Express, we cater to contractors and the do-it-yourself crowd.
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.
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.
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.
Artificial grass has been used for several landscaping areas because of its many benefits. With its realistic and durable nature, artificial grass can be used not only for backyards, but also for front yards. For many homeowners, their front yards are their pride and joy-something they look forward to maintaining for several years. A front yard can either make or break the appearance of a property. Thus, the significance of its aesthetics is great. Artificial grass is a beautiful front yard surface that is comparable to the healthiest natural grass. Its pigmentation stays throughout the seasons, but never looks overly green or unnatural.
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.
Last week, we had a customer (I’ll call him Bob) come to us with an interesting idea for a Mother’s Day gift. His mom’s always loved to garden, but doing yard work had become harder and harder over the years. A couple of years ago she had moved from her longtime home into a smaller town home with a compact, shaded courtyard. Bob wanted to make sure his mom had plenty of hands-on space for plantings and some grassy areas for reading and entertaining friends.
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.”
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.
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.
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.