If you are a novice when it comes to artificial lawns, it is important to understand what you are buying and what you can expect from it once it has been installed. The beauty it adds to your home goes far beyond aesthetics. It is a solid investment that will add value to your home both in property worth as well as in resale price. A few key things to know are what artificial turf is made of, how it is constructed, how it can be used and the overall impact it has on the environment.
Polyethylene is one of the main materials used in the construction of artificial turf. It is extremely durable and will not fade, fray, tear or become discolored over time. The mesh fabric that allow for drainage is comprised of the same material is the blades, but woven tightly to produce an intricate foundation that will last for years and allow water to drain away. An infill material is used to help assist in drainage while helping the blades of grass to remain erect and lifelike.
There are several construction methods used in the manufacturing of artificial turf. Each work to provide a tight network of mesh that enables the blades of grass to act as much like natural blades as possible. From the very bottom layer of foundation to the mesh fabric that makes up the turf itself, the entire product is designed to drain water without allowing it to pond or collect in low lying areas.
Depending on the size of the lawn, installation can take several hours to several days. Companies that install artificial turf are responsible for what the lawn looks like when the job is complete. They will come in measure and prepare the property and then install the turf. Once the turf is complete and has been thoroughly examined, the clean up will begin and the property will be left in the same condition as when they first arrived.
There is no organic matter to worry about when it comes to artificial turf. There is no need to water the lawn, unless it is to rinse the areas where pets frequently use the restroom. You will not need to use any harsh fertilizers, pesticides or weed killers to keep your lawn looking beautiful and vibrantly green. Artificial lawns produce no lawn waste so there is no need to worry about how to dispose of freshly cut grass clippings.
Artificial lawns require practically no maintenance. Other than picking up after your pets and your children, there is very little to actually do by way of caring for the property. It is important to walk the area occasionally and remove any sticks, twigs, leaves or other debris that can fall from trees or foliage that may be present. Keep gas barbecue grills away from the artificial turf as well, to prevent it from being damaged by the excessive heat.
Artificial turf has many uses other than just a lawn surface. Place it around swimming pools and hot tubs to prevent slip and fall accidents. It can be used to create pathways through landscaping or along porches. It can be cut into small pieces and used as rugs on patios and decks. Artificial is also well known for being used on backyard putting greens and to offer a lifelike surface for dog kennels and playgrounds.
Artificial lawn has a multitude of use and its benefits are endless. No matter what size lawn you are working with, you can turn your backyard into a virtual, evergreen paradise that will serve you well for many years to come.