We have all heard the saying, “the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence”. With artificial turf, the grass never changes. It is always ever-green! It won't change with the seasons and your children and pets will have a minimal impact on how it looks from day to day or even year to year. When it comes to maintenance, your lawn will always look its best, no matter how little time you spend on it.
Won't Fade in Direct Sunlight
Direct sunlight can burn natural grass, especially in times of drought and excessively high temperatures. This can leave lawns looking brown and dry. Once a natural grass lawn has reached that state of deterioration, it can take months for it to be rejuvenated and brought back to its original vivid green. Too little water will do nothing more than knock down the dust, while too much water will either drown the roots or burn them off. Artificial turf is designed to resist fading and won't lighten up in areas where it is exposed to direct sunlight.
Won't Become Discolored Where Pets Tend to Roam
Artificial turf will retain its rich, green color wherever it is installed. Children can run and play on the grass in the same areas over and over and it won't show pathways or the general wear and tear that natural grass lawns do. It will also hold its color in areas where pets tend to do their business. While rinsing those areas and removing the larger pieces of waste will help to keep the lawn looking and smelling its best, artificial turf won't become discolored or stained over time.
Looks Great in Shaded Areas
Artificial turf does not need sunlight or water to thrive. It will retain its uniform look throughout the seasons and will remain green and vibrant even in the densest shade. Many homeowners have difficulty maintaining their natural grass lawns in areas where moderate to heavy shade hangs over their lawn. Shade is something that many homeowners strive for. Not only does it keep their homes cool in the summer, it provides a relaxing area for the family to gather in the back yard. For all of the good things that shade offers to the people who enjoy it, it can be deadly for natural grass lawns. Natural grass requires sunlight to thrive. When trees and shrubs block out the sun, it can cause parts of the lawn to wither and die and it makes it extremely difficult to get new grass to grow.
One of the best things about an artificial turf lawn is that it requires no chemicals to keep it looking its best. No fertilizer or weedkillers are needed to maintain an artificial turf's beautiful, green appearance. Weeds will not grow through the interwoven mesh fabric that makes up the foundation of the turf and the blades will never grow or need to be trimmed. Natural grass lawns that require chemical treatments have to be blocked off to keep children and pets from being exposed to the chemicals. With artificial turf, there is no down time at all.
The last “green” benefit is that of cold hard cash. Installing artificial turf is an investment that will pay for itself in just a few years. In addition to that, the increase in curb appeal and value to the property will also be beneficial if you put the home up for sale. An artificial turf lawn can increase the home's resale value and can also be written off on a person's taxes after the sale. Considered to be an “improvement”, the installation of artificial turf will offer benefits even after the home is sold.