Have you ever heard about artificial grass? Yes, the one that looks like it is real, but it is not.
If the term ‘artificial grass’ doesn’t ring a bell, then let us elaborate a bit. Artificial grass is fabricated, human-made filaments that appear as if they are actual grass. They are made up of synthetic fibers that are stitched on backing with a machine, just like how carpets are made.
The process begins with combining small pieces of white plastics, that act as a base substance, with green ones (holding colors), UV stabilizers, and other added ingredients. The later process includes extruding them from a pierced steel plate, thinning of strands, and getting woven by several synthetic yarns. Artificial grass gained popularity after Astroturf installed the first of its kind in Houston Astrodome’s baseball field in the year 1966.
Through popularity and phases of modification, it reached South Africa, for FIFA at World Cup Games in 2010. Gradually, real grass in lawns of America started to get replaced by artificial turf. Of course, people get attracted to areas that require low or nearly no maintenance; thus, false grass is a plus.
According to Forest Grass, artificial grass is installed on over 50 million acres in the United States.
With time, the idea of low-maintenance false turf is attracting more and more people. Thus you can see it in most areas of the US, including sports fields, schools, stadiums, and even in homes.
Several reasons explain why installing false turf can be beneficial. Let us list some for you.
Doesn’t require watering
Real grass needs regular watering to stay healthy and keep your environment refreshing, unlike false grass that does not require any water unless it is time for its cleaning. The plus point is, you do not have to clean it regularly, this saves the time you usually spend on maintaining your lawn. You can keep an hour or two and invest yourself in other things.
Safe for your little ones
Artificial lawns do not require chemicals like fertilizers, pesticides, or herbicides; this makes it safe for your children to play in your garden. Different cities are using false turf in the place of real grass, in public parks and other areas, because of this reason.
No mowing required
We all hate this about maintaining a lawn with natural grass. Real grass calls for mowing when it grows taller than the size of your need. Cutting it requires effort and time. Whereas artificial grass requires no cutting as it doesn’t grow any taller than the size it comes in. Problem solved.
Even if the artificial grass is low-maintenance. You will still need a little bit of cleaning, and it is always manageable. You can do it with a leaf-blower and natural bristle broom to remove unwanted materials. If you do not own a pet, then the cleaning won’t be that necessary.
Real grass can be healthy to have in your lawn, but it can get damaged in extreme weather conditions. The thing with false turf is that it is weather-friendly. It will stay green by putting minimal effort.
Lasts for a more extended period
After installation, false turf can last for years. It is designed with substances that can withstand extreme weather conditions, and it does not get damaged from UV Rays. It will stay put in your lawn for years.
The problem with natural grass is that it can be a home for many types of weed. Keeping away weed from natural grass is hard work. It requires so much time and money, but with an artificial lawn, it is different. You do not have to worry.
Helpful for dog owners
We know how playful dogs can be. They like to dig in lawns or sometimes pull the grass out, leaving a mess behind. With false turf installed, you can be at ease because digs ignore artificial grass, and they won’t be interested in digging unwanted holes in your lawn.