Synthetic grass and artificial turf have wonderful benefits they bring to every installation. You certainly won't have to mow it, again! Think of the impact you will have on reducing your own carbon footprint and use of harmful chemicals!
It definitely is a low maintenance landscape amenity and, when taken care of, can last a lifetime*.
Sports field projects drive the development of most turf products and the benefits trickle down to the residential and commercial landscape user. Today's synthetic grass and artificial turf yarns deliver outstanding durability, safety, resiliency and value. Consider what a typical field surface might be subjected to during its lifetime.
In contrast to your residential or commercial lawn and landscape project, play field surfaces have been built to survive the rigors of high traffic, aggressive sports play and many endure annual festivals and events that outdo any party or gathering you could subject your project site to on a regular basis. Field maintenance and grooming is scheduled to keep the area fresh and safe.
Low maintenance will include removal of all organic debris, sanitizing agents applied to surfaces, fibers brushed and groomed, UV products may be applied and infills may be refreshed. Of course, due to the 10s of thousands of square feet they have to maintain, field crews have power equipment that can help them do these tasks efficiently and effectively. Consumers have scaled-down choices.
Most manufacturer's agree that a well-used community or high school field may last up to 8 to 10 years. With limited amount of wear and tear - your landscape area could last a lot longer.
Many dynamics to the installation and its use come into play to estimate the life of a field. Weather and UV conditions, other landscape elements (grasses, trees, wild-lands), days used, contamination elements (food, beverages, biological contaminants) and how often the field is groomed all take their toll on a field. Most field owners limit access to fields and food and beverages are generally not allowed (water accepted). This eliminates only a portion of the possible contaminants as player's body fluids may create their own set of problems, over time; hence the need for sanitation.
Your new lawn area is, after all, a part of the grand landscaping scheme you have designed, outdoors! Mother Nature alone will subject the area to everything other landscape elements in your world have to face.
To keep ahead of the game, include a bi-monthly clean up of your area to remove debris and organic materials. Rotting materials will create habitat for insects and other pests and seeds can germinate in the piles. Other than your own needs to sanitize due to pet defecation or food and beverage spills—mostly, what your job should be is sitting and watching your grass grow!
Let's review some common misconceptions about synthetic grass and artificial turf ….
Weeds, grasses and other seeds can and do germinate upon synthetic grass surfaces just as they will on concrete, asphalt and paver surfaces.
You should incorporate a regular weed & seed pre & post emergent schedule.
Rural installations, sites built next to lawn or grass areas and those in
high-construction zones will typically see more seed germination than areas
installed in mature landscaping.
Seeds are small and fall in between yarn fibers where they get trapped. A few drops of rain and Mother Nature kicks in and you have germination. A little hands on maintenance and regular treatments are the trick.
Synthetic grass and artificial turf can get hot in full sun, especially in dry climates. Installed on asphalt, concrete and other hard surfaces, the turf will remain just as hot as the original would be under local conditions.
Smaller areas can be cooled down using water or shade. Darker and thicker yarn fibers prove to be warmer than lightly colored thin blades.
Infill materials do affect the overall temperature of the surfaces. Select your infill with temperature in mind - black crumbed rubber will always be at the high end of the heat spectrum and lightly colored, granules being at the low end of the heat spectrum.
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Hundreds of peer reviewed, indepth tests have been completed on the artificial
turf surface materials, backing, yarns and infill materials used for most
professionally installed artificial grass solutions.
Results, to date, do not
conclusively prove that synthetic grass and any of the selection of infill
materials (including crumbed recycled tire rubbers - SBR or ambient crumb
rubber) adversely affect the players on sport field surfaces; professional
or school fields.
Again, the professional use of these surfaces for sports uses drives the
investment in extensive testing and results show that neither turf or infill
pose any health challenges to the environment or those in contact.
What can pose challenges for humans using artificial turf
surfaces would be the lack of:
- proper and regular
- improper personal hygiene
- improper sanitation of surfaces
after play or contamination
Any surface can become
a hazard when exposed to outdoor elements and human or animal waste.
Treatments for sanitization
and cleaning are easily and effectively applied by the home owner or professionals.
Used wisely, with appropriate
grooming, maintenance and attention to personal hygiene - artificial grass
surfaces and infill materials are no more hazardous than any other landscape
or building materials.
The expected lifetime of a synthetic grass lawn or landscape area is hard to define. Most turf is warranted not to fade, stain or fall apart for 6 or more years; some until 8 or more years — a few turf manufacturer's are offering extended wear warranties of longer terms for landscape uses.
Factors such as use, installation, type of turf, UV factors, should be considered. In a low traffic landscape application, most turf will last well in excess of any community accessible football field, under typical conditions. Typically, a field used at a high school should last in excess of 10 or more years. Considering natural grass can die overnight, due to a wide variety of uncontrollable issues and elements, and is generally not covered under a warranty, a synthetic grass lawn, already has several factors in its favor!
What can damage a synthetic turf area is neglect. Keeping it free from debris, sanitized and groomed will be the key to your long-term enjoyment. How often depends upon your personal circumstances.
Refer to ASGi's Grooming Suggestions for best results!