Fake grass has become the turf of choice for home owners looking to replace a natural grass lawn and those planning a total landscape makeover. And no wonder. One of the many great attributes of artificial turf is the fact that it always looks its best, all year round. But is there a certain time of year that is best to install your artificial grass?
In short, the answer is no. Faux grass is entirely accommodating, so you can install it whenever the time is right for you. We know you’ve chosen this alternative for one (or perhaps all) of these reasons:
- Improve your home’s visual appearance without having to perform constant lawn maintenance
- Create a quality, reliable outdoor recreation space for your family and the dog
- Avoid applying harsh chemicals like fertilizers and weed killers to your yard
- Conserve water
The Weather Doesn’t Matter
Cold temperatures will not harm the materials used in manufacturing or installation of your artificial grass. Summer sun and heat won't cause the materials to degrade, discolor, or become damaged. So timing your installation depends more on where and how you plan to use the turf. However, there are also certain advantages to choosing one season over another.
Many home owners prefer to install their artificial turf first thing in the spring, as we’re starting to think of using our yards. With this timing, you can cleverly avoid the dreaded annual “spring cleaning” spruce-up every yard must undergo. Your artificial grass will never require all that, so you might as well start saving time and energy right away.
Spring installation also eliminates weeds that would normally start to appear at this time. That prevents them from becoming an immediate problem, and it prevents them from maturing and distributing seeds to grow new weeks throughout your landscape.
Early Fall Installation
Another popular time for installation is early fall, after the summer’s heat and the rush of outdoor activities have slowed. The ground is turf-ready. Weeds and grass can be easily removed by the root, eliminating their ability to resurface in the spring. Installing the turf in the early fall will give you a pretty, vibrant green lawn to admire throughout the cold winter months, when natural grass often turns unappealingly brown and brittle.
And when spring rolls around, you can laugh about all that spring clean-up you used to do. And all the hassle you used to face getting ready for another year of lawn maintenance. Instead, you can simply step outside and start enjoying your grass.
If you will be “planting” fake grass inside your home – say, in your basement or sun room – you can do that any time that’s convenient for you. Artificial grass can improve your indoor living environment by eliminating your cold cement floor. It’s also moisture-resistant, unlike other types of carpeting that can absorb dampness, inviting mold and mildew.
The Sooner, the Better
If your primary goal is landscape beautification, you may not be concerned about the time of year. However, if you have children and/or pets that look forward to romping on your grass, you’ll want to plan accordingly to make the most of their (and your) spring and summer outdoor activities.
So what’s your preference? There’s no reason to wait any longer to order your turf installation. Artificial grass delivers instant gratification, no matter the season.