The Basics of Artificial Grass – What Do I Need to Know?
Getting started on a DIY artificial grass project can be overwhelming. There are tons of things to know, and finding the basics of artificial grass is sometimes difficult. There are many resources on the internet about how to install artificial turf, but many of them over look certain fundamentals. For example, it’s not always clear how much time an installation can take. Also, some guides feature more about the actual turf installation process, while leaving the prep work up to the imagination. For a rookie turf installer, that can be confusing. The purpose of this article is to help you understand the basics of artificial grass.
We all know that switching from natural lawns to artificial turf can save a ton of water. However if you’re still watering other plants on your property, your water bill still has a way to go. Over the last few years, we have seen many people converting their yards to be more resistant to the California drought. This is great, and if that’s something that you’re looking into for your home, this article is a great starting point, so here are 5 drought tolerant plants for your yard.
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!
Many early models of synthetic grass gained a reputation for discoloration. The vintage artificial grass production process was far less sophisticated than what we have today. Under direct exposure to sunlight, turf fibers begin to discolor at a disconcerting rate. After a couple of years, synthetic turf will look bland and unimpressive. This eventually became the general public’s consensus about artificial turf. Because of this reputation, some people are still skeptical about turf.
Looking for more creative uses for synthetic turf? Here are some of our suggestions!
Synthetic lawns are often used for sports, however property owners are uncovering that having a drought-resistant lawn could hold numerous advantages. Also, that there are many creative uses for synthetic turf that aren’t usually considered. Considering that artificial turf needs no mowing, cutting or water, homeowners conserve money and time on landscaping. In addition, having a lavish, environment-friendly landscape is aesthetically beautiful, and also the soft blades are optimal for other uses. Here are some of the ideas we’ve used.
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.
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.
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.