10 Common Lawn Problems Solved by Outdoor Artificial Turf
Whatever issues you have with your lawn, there are top-quality artificial grass products out there that can solve any problem you have with natural grass. Here are 10 common lawn problems solved by outdoor artificial turf:
Natural Grass Problems
Some lawns naturally produce a thick layer of thatch, which is dead grass, roots and other organic material that becomes matted between the green vegetation and the roots.
This layer can choke your lawn by preventing water, air and nutrients from reaching the soil and roots. Thatch also provides a haven for pests to live.
After you install artificial turf, there's no need to worry about thatch because it doesn't produce any.
Sometimes bare patches appear in your lawn due to various reasons, including too much foot traffic, disease, pests or even pets that are fond of digging.
A simple solution is to remove the dead grass and install artificial turf in its place. The new "grass" will match the rest of your lawn even if it's made from different materials than what was originally installed.
The only disadvantage of this method is if the remaining natural grass in your lawn also develops bald spots. That is why it is usually best to replace all your turf with an outdoor grass carpet to ensure consistent grass growth.
Brown or Dead Grass
Your lawn may be turning brown for one of two reasons: either it’s getting too much water or not enough.
If there is a lot of rain over extended periods, this can lead to waterlogged soil, which will suffocate the roots, leading to a dead lawn. On the other hand, if you have gone away on holiday or haven’t watered your lawn in a while, the soil will dry out and the grass will wither.
Synthetic grass provides a sure-fire way to have a picture-perfect lawn because it stays lush and green, regardless of the weather.
Grass needs healthy soil in order to grow lush and vibrant. Some soils lack the right pH balance to support healthy grass growth, while others are too sandy or too clay-like.
The solution to this problem is fertilizing your lawn. Unfortunately, depending on the conditions of the soil, sometimes no amount of fertilizers can revitalize unhealthy soil.
Outdoor artificial turf doesn't need soil to grow, so it doesn't matter what kind of terrain you're installing it on.
Unlike humans and animals, fungi are not affected by antibiotics and antifungal medications. Once a fungal disease takes hold in a natural grass lawn, there's no easy way to get rid of it.
You can use fungicides to kill off existing fungi and prevent them from spreading further, but in most cases, the fungus has already done its damage by the time it's visible to the human eye. Some common fungal diseases include dollar spot, brown patch and blight.
Synthetic turf is impervious to fungal diseases. It doesn’t allow fungi to spread because there are no seeds or organic matter for it to feed on.
Weeds, Weeds, and More Weeds!
Weeds can ruin your lawn by stealing water and nutrients from the grass that surrounds them. They also grow quickly, taking over areas of your lawn, making them more difficult to remove.
Weeds can be hard to get rid of with standard weed killers, and they will often return even after treatment. Weeds can also mar the appearance of your lawn, making it look scruffy and uncared for.
Synthetic grass has no need for chemical weed killers. Weeds also won’t grow through it anyway because there is no soil.
Devastating Pest Infestations
Many different types of pests can wreak havoc on your lawn, but some of the most common are ants, grubs, grasshoppers and white grubs.
Grubs in particular can be quite destructive because they feast on roots and other parts of your lawn; thus, killing them is essential for a healthy lawn.
Grasshoppers, on the other hand, devour plant and grass leaves, as well as stems and seeds. These insects in particular can spread diseases and attract predators like birds, gophers and other rodents that will also do damage to your lawn.
Outdoor artificial turf does not attract insects because it does not have the nutrients that they feed on. This is why the rodents that eat grubs, grasshoppers and other bugs tend to steer clear of synthetic lawns.
Health and Safety Problems
Dangerously Slippery When Wet
If your natural grass isn't draining properly or growing in muddy soil because of poor drainage and compaction issues, it can become very slick when wet, putting people at risk for slips and falls.
Artificial grass has great drainage capabilities and is made from materials that are not slippery even when wetness is present.
Allergic Reactions to Grass Pollen or Allergens.
Allergic reactions to grass pollen or allergens are on the rise and affect more than 15 million people in the United States. These problems are often prevalent during the spring and summer months when pollen levels are at their highest.
Pollen or allergens are released into the air when natural grasses are mowed or walked upon. Synthetic turf can help prevent allergic reactions because it neither produces pollen nor needs mowing to stay short and neat.
Mud and Bacteria
Let’s face it, mud is a fact of life for many areas, especially after a good rainstorm.
While natural turf may seem like an obvious solution, the harsh reality is that it doesn't drain well and takes a long time to dry out even after a day under the sun. Mud can also harbor dangerous bacteria that could make your family sick.
Artificial grass, however, has no mud because it does not absorb water and drains quickly. This means that bacteria won’t be able to grow in the same way that they do on organic turf because there is no moisture for them to thrive in.
Enjoy a Hassle-Free Lawn With an Outdoor Artificial Grass Carpet
There is no lawn problem that cannot be solved by artificial grass. What's more, a yard filled with artificial grass requires far less upkeep than one that is covered with natural turf.
Once you've decided to install synthetic grass on your lawn, don't hesitate to reach out to Heavenly Greens.