Ever since AstroTurf was installed in the Houston AstroDome in the ‘60’s, synthetic grasses and turfs have been stuck with a bad rap. Some people shudder at the mere thought of something “artificial” replacing something “natural,” and many also make assumptions based on outdated or incorrect information. In this article we will bust some of the common myths surrounding today’s synthetic grass.
Allow us to bust some common myths about synthetic grass
Myth #1: Synthetic Grass Looks Cheesy and Emits Dangerous Chemicals
Comparing natural grass to synthetic grass is akin to comparing two different fabrics, like cotton vs. nylon. Each of those fabrics has its own unique characteristics, and are made of different things (one natural and one synthetic) but many people cannot tell the difference until they look at the tag. The same can be said of synthetic grass. High quality synthetic grass mimics natural grass in every way possible, and even walking on it, you might not notice the difference right off. The “fake” element is something you have to actively seek. The latest evolution of synthetic grass fibers reflect sunlight, helping keep the surface cooler. A quick rinse with a garden hose or shading quickly reduces the temperature of grass that feels too warm.
The myth that synthetic grass is toxic or carcinogenic is related to the above myth. Synthetic grass is made from material we use and eat out of every single day – nylon and polypropylene, and is subjected to strict standards of quality and safety. In stark contrast to natural grass, which often requires the use of very hazardous chemicals to keep looking its best, synthetic grass lawns will NEVER need fertilizer, pesticides, or re-seeding. Every option of synthetic grass we install is made in the USA, and is designed to be safe for humans and animals alike.
Myth #2: Artificial Grass Doesn’t Drain Well
We often hear of people who envision a synthetic grass lawn as a furry green tarp over their yard that will look like wet carpet when it rains. This is most definitely busted! We will admit some of the early designs of artificial turf left something to be desired in the drainage department, but todays evolution of synthetic grass is far superior to those “antiques.”This is inaccurate. The key components are the quality of the synthetic turf material and the quality of the installation. The best turf product, over the right foundation, and combined with the appropriate infill, allows drainage comparable to or better than a traditional grass lawn.
Myth #3: Artificial Grass Requires Lots of Maintenance – Or None at All
This particular myth kind of spans the spectrum from synthetic grass being totally maintenance free to having to maintain it with tweezers. (tweezers?! Really?) People are accustomed to labor-intensive natural grass and think this must also apply to the synthetic variety. There is a sense of, “it must be too good to be true,” or, “it can’t be that simple,” In reality, though, it is that simple. Synthetic grass doesn’t need to be regularly watered – or mowed. It also doesn’t get weeds or die from extreme temperature changes or drought.
***(secret insider tip: you can still use you old lawn mower to “vacuum” leaves off your synthetic lawn in the fall, and fluff up the fibers a bit)***
On the flipside, however, synthetic grass can’t just be installed, then forgotten – at least not if you want it to retain its beauty longer. A bit of maintenance is required, even for synthetic grass, but we are talking about minutes per year, instead of hours per week. A monthly rinse and brush, along with a yearly deep cleaning, is usually adequate for the average synthetic turf application. Pet owners will need to be more frequent in their rinsing, but all things considered, a synthetic grass lawn will buy you hours every week.
Myth #4: Artificial Grass Is Too Expensive
This is a pervasive myth that scares people away from getting the facts about installing a synthetic lawn. With substantially less maintenance required and a strong similarity to the real thing, artificial grass seems too good to be true – unless, of course, it’s just too expensive for most people to afford. Despite this myth, synthetic grass is actually a cost-saving investment over the long term.
Although it does have an upfront cost, installing synthetic grass reduces the maintenance expenses normally associated with natural grass down to near nothing.. These landscaping costs often add up to over a thousand dollars a year. These are no longer a concern, nor are the water costs required to keep a lawn green, especially in drought conditions. Since artificial grass can last for two decades, savings in landscaping and water use could eventually be in the tens of thousands.
On top of this, an always-green artificial lawn increases the value of your property. Like a kitchen remodel or a new roof, installing synthetic grass adds value and curb appeal to your home, giving you another financial advantage.
Not Sure Where to Start?
Contact the pros at Pacific Grass & Turf today. We can help you design the perfect, low-maintenance, eco-friendly landscape for your home. With synthetic grass options to suit every budget and application, why wait? Give us a call at (855) 782-4736 or contact us online today!