Artificial grass is growing in popularity. It is being used in a wide variety of applications with the number one benefit being it does not have to be mowed.
Another application is in low light conditions. As an example, see the photo above of the Astrodome in Houston, Texas, one of the first large-scale commercial applications. The worker sitting on the floor is actually stitching the Astroturf sections together.
However, it is essential to get a high-quality artificial grass that not only looks real, but it has to look appropriate for the area where it will be installed.
The other key factor in choosing is consideration of the longevity estimates and warranty on the product.
The Top Features of Synthetic Lawn Products
These products are used to make synthetic lawns looks like the real thing. The best ones are soft to the touch and can be installed in any climate. A properly prepared surface will drain away rainwater so no puddling or aggressive runoff occurs.
The backing fabrics are designed to keep the grass looking good and to drain away rainwater. The best products are proven to also be able to handle pets with no worry about urine or fecal matter damaging the product.
Urine drains through to the surface below, and any residue can be rinsed away. In areas of drought or where water restrictions exist, artificial turf may qualify for incentives from the public water utility company in the form of rebates.
Some products qualify for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) credits which make them an important aspect of property equity. A green artificial lawn can exist where real grass will not grow.
Where Artificial Grass Products are Installed
Arid regions and areas where soil is not conducive to a lush green lawn are primary places for synthetic lawn use. However, even in areas where turf varieties grow well, the benefits of artificial grass wins out.
It works well in playgrounds, providing the real look and feel of grass as well as a measure of safety from falls.
An Alternative for Green Roofs
Rooftop areas in urban environments are being transformed into places where people can gather for recreation due to the use of artificial grass.
Although green roofs are becoming more popular and offer benefits such as thermal control, many cannot support soil and real grass without some structural retrofitting, but can support the weight of an artificial turf installation.
Use Around Swimming Pools and for Putting Greens
Deck surfaces around swimming pools can be transformed from hot concrete to soft grass that wont get muddy from the young ones ad dogs romping around.
Golfers can have a putting green that stays green with no need to weed, feed, or cut the grass. Seniors who want to stay in their homes but no longer wish to have to cut the grass have this product installed as an option.
The possibilities are endless. There are different artificial grass types that are specific to some uses. The realism is quite remarkable. Finally a lawn that looks the way it is expected to look with none of the landscape maintenance.
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