The state of California has been plagued by drought as long as records have been kept. Lately, we have observed an increase in the amount of schools installing artificial grass athletic fields on their campuses, largely due to the low-maintenance, and cost-effectiveness of synthetic turf. But recent drought conditions have illuminated the massive volumes of water that is guzzled up by the average high school football field (in case you were wondering, that equals millions of gallons of water each year). Many school districts have decided that installing synthetic grass is a great option for the environment and budgets.
Aside from saving water, let’s discuss some of the other advantages of a synthetic grass athletic facility.
Playable in any weather
One of the major benefits of a synthetic turf athletic field is that tolerate harsh or inclement weather conditions. Whether it is rain, hail, frost, or scorching sun, artificial grass will look as beautiful as the day it was installed. You won’t find any fading, pitting, divots, or unevenness with synthetic grass. An not only does it hold up to the weather, it can be usable in nearly any weather too! No more rain-outs, and no more muddy cleats! Synthetic turf doesn’t require any pampering to get it through the seasons, unlike natural grass which dies off year after year.
Resilient to traffic and abuse
At the end of every season, it seems like the football field is in worse shape than the players uniforms! First game of the season is played on nice, lush, green grass, and by the end, you have a yellowing dead field, with bare patches, hole, divots, and bumps. This is a direct result of overuse, and usually these fields must be closed completely so they can recover in time for the next season. If your school uses all of their fields, all year round, they may never have the chance to recover, and end up patchy and gross all the time. Synthetic grass won’t pit, develop holes, brown or bare spots – period.
No more mud puddles
It happens every season – football teams play rain or shine, and those rainy -day games can get really messy, really quickly. Before the first quarter is over, you will have players slipping, sliding, and mud-bogging around. In addition to these conditions being pretty miserable to play in, the chance of injury increases as well. With artificial grass fields, players remain safer, as puddles and mud are never an issue. This keeps the games competitive for the players, and riveting for the fans.
Because the soil on a fields becomes impacted from heavy use or play, they need to be aerated to keep the grass alive and healthy. Fields with heavy, year round use will require aeration every few months. Synthetic grass never needs aeration, nor does it need mowing, edging, fertilizing, or any other chemicals.
Permanent lines and markings
On natural grass fields, football, soccer, field hockey and other sports require regular chalking or painting to maintain the lines, logos, and markings on the fields. These all fade or get washed away on natural grass fields. Painting is expensive, and it is time consuming because it requires precise measurements and alignment. Synthetic turf fields only need to be painted once, and with proper maintenance, the markings will hold up for years.
New and Improved
Stemming from the 1960’s installation of AstroTurf in the Houston Astrodome, artificial grass has gotten a sketchy reputation. AstroTurf was the first incarnation of synthetic turf, and was associated with increased risks of lower extremity injuries. Artificial grass has come a long way since the nylon “carpet” we all remember on aunt Millie’s back porch. Modern synthetic grass has overcome the texture, “rug burn,” and lack of padding that the original turfs we notorious for, and is so improved, most people can’t tell the difference between natural and artificial turfs unless they actually touch it.
Generate additional revenue
In the past, schools had to be very selective about renting out their fields for outside events because the risk of overuse. For example, Pop Warner football games on the weekends could cause extra damage to the fields. But, because synthetic grass will not wear out like natural grass, schools have increased ability to rent time on their fields, and generate extra revenue for their athletic programs.
Synthetic grass has opened up new possibilities for academic sports. Synthetic turf enables schools anywhere to have great-looking, durable facilities, without the heavy maintenance costs. It is a win-win for athletes, schools and fans!
We at Pacific Grass & Turf are delighted to have the opportunity to offer you these exciting developments and to provide your school league with many years of low-maintenance, consistent gameplay through our high-quality synthetic turf products.
Contact the team at Pacific Grass and Turf today, and let us help you make your athletic facilities truly impressive!