As Bob Dylan sings in his iconic song of the same name, “the times, they are a-changing.”
Artificial grass lawns are becoming more popular every year. As our society becomes more and more conscientious of the environment and seeks ways of preserving it, artificial grass offers a viable solution. Artificial grass for your front yard can save on water while keeping your lawn looking perfect all year.
In the long run, the time and money saved by switching from real grass to artificial is well worth the change.
Say Goodbye to Constant Maintenance
Artificial grass is the perfect solution for homeowners who want to maintain a beautiful lawn but without the time and hassle required for real grass, and it can save countless hours on yard upkeep. The days of mowing, watering, fertilizing, spraying, and repairing can be a thing of the past for homeowners. Now, homeowners can achieve the best-looking lawn without all the time and effort.
On average, most people spend 47 days of their life mowing their lawns. Artificial grass only requires the occasional rinse to prevent the buildup of odors or dust. Otherwise, artificial grass needs no additional water and is perfect for areas prone to drought or in constant shade. Think of the time you’ll get back by switching to a low-maintenance lawn.
Artificial grass is also safe for kids and pets. In fact, one of the benefits of synthetic grass is that kids and pets can play without harm from pesticides, fertilizers, or other toxic chemicals. Furthermore, artificial grass is resilient to the wear and tear of the family dog. The materials used are resistant to the digging and running that usually puts holes in the lawn or wears out paths along the fence.
The only maintenance for your artificial grass consists of just a few key tools. The tool you’ll use most often is a hose. If you live in an area that receives plenty of rain, this is even less of a need but still useful for the occasional rinse. Leaf blowers can also be helpful for removing fallen leaves or small twigs when they start to cover up your beautiful new lawn.
Rakes can also be used on the grass blades to refresh them and help them stand upright. Be sure to use a rake that is made with synthetic or plastic bristles to protect the grass from any damage that a metal one might cause.
Artificial grass has one main advantage over real grass: it requires virtually no maintenance yet remains picturesque no matter what is happening with the weather. As such, one of the key characteristics of a beautiful lawn is the rich, deep green color associated with it. Imagine never mowing and having the perfect layer of grass covering your lawn.
No matter the season, artificial grass will always look great, and because of its durability, it will look like new for years to come. The lush greens will stay put no matter what Mother Nature throws at your lawn. Better yet, artificial grass looks just like the real thing—natural, soft, and even flowing. Every day, you can rest assured your lawn is immaculate and vibrant.
Artificial grass looks even better than it used to in years past. With today’s technology, it can be difficult to even tell if the grass is real or artificial. The most current technology makes artificial grass not only look real—but feel real as well. Grass fibers are softer than before and feel great when walking on them.
A previous downside to artificial grass was how hot it used to get during the hot summer months. However, newer artificial lawns come with better grass blade designs and can even regulate the temperature of the turf and keep it from getting as hot as it used to. Modern blade design consists of less plastic material than before, so there is less heat that can be held within it.
The interior of the blades consists of air, so it helps stabilize the temperatures. In addition, modern blade shape design absorbs less heat, which leads to cooler temps and more comfortable feet for people and paws for animals.
Not only has technology improved the look and feel of artificial grass, but it can also help reduce your environmental footprint. Current artificial grass is commonly made with recycled materials, including plastics and tire rubber. On average, going synthetic with just 750 square feet of grass can save over 22,000 gallons of water per year, the equivalent of more than a 16-x-32-foot swimming pool.
In addition to the conservation of water, recycled materials help reduce the amount of waste in the environment. Furthermore, the non-grass layers are made from natural materials such as sand or gravel.
Built to Last
Artificial grass doesn’t come with the usual concerns—brown patches, weeds, pests—associated with the real stuff. Instead, it is long-lasting, resistant to fading, and can stand up to heat and cold. Artificial grass also drains better than natural grass and dries quickly too, which is an important consideration if your region receives a lot of precipitation. Alternatively, the materials used in artificial grass are drought-tolerant for periods when there is no rainfall.
Today’s artificial grass lasts much longer than real grass and can handle the constant foot traffic of people and pets. In fact, the average life span of artificial grass is 10 to 15 years, possibly even longer with the proper care. Imagine the next 15 years in your home with virtually no lawn care needs. Sounds too good to be true? It isn’t.
Sportech Construction & Excavation is your artificial grass installation experts in Oregon. Our main office is located in McMinnville, so you’re always welcome to stop in or contact us via our website. We have a team of experts ready to answer your questions, so whether you’re looking to lay down a small putting green or cover your entire yard, the staff at Sportech Construction & Excavation is here to help.