benefits of artificial grass

28 Feb 2018

The Benefits of Artificial Turf are Saving the Planet

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, its artificial grass…?

Ok, so maybe the Superman reference was overkill, but, truth be told, the ” super” benefits of artificial turf  are helping to save the planet. And if helping save the planet doesn’t make you a superhero, then what does?

When it comes to artificial turf, San Jose, Pacific Grass & Turf has the knowledge and experience to make sure we install the highest quality, and best suited artificial grass for your home environment.

Read on to learn about some of the ways synthetic grass is an environmental superhero, and how it can impact your life for the better as well.

So What Are the Benefits of Artificial Turf?

What usually comes to mind first is our own Mother Earth – the biosphere we all share and need to protect as a community. And then there’s your family’s home environment. The ways in which artificial grass promotes broad-scale health, safety, and sustainability also directly benefit your family and pets.

Reclaim Up to 20 Weeks of Your Life

The U.S. Department of Labor determined that the average American spends approximately 0.12 hours every day on yard and lawn care. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has also determined that the average American live 78.7 years. So that means over an average lifetime 143 days or over 3300 hours are spent on yard maintenance. By installing a synthetic grass lawn, you can reclaim that four months of you life and do whatever you like with it.

Rescue 9 Billion Gallons of Water

benefits of artificial turfAccording to the State of California, the average three-bedroom home uses around 360 gallons of water every single day, and nearly half of that amount is dedicated to yard and lawn maintenance. Annually, the EPA estimates that Americans over 9 billion gallons of water into their landscaping every year. That equals over 13,000 olympic-sized swimming pools of water that could be saved by switching to artificial grass.

We all know that one of the major benefits of artificial turf is its ability to  save thousands of gallons of water each year, because it never needs watering. But many people don’t realize that faux grass drains rainwater and ambient water far more efficiently than natural grass. Instead of allowing most of the water to run off (along with those deadly chemicals), your synthetic grass lawn’s drainage system directs moisture into the soil and aquifers where it is needed to sustain life.

The main issue is water shortage and its impact on resources like lakes and wetlands. Removing your old, high-maintenance yard, and replacing it with a fresh, artificial grass lawn decreases water waste and consumption. There is no need to water artificial grass and no need for sprinkler systems. They require minimal maintenance. Switch to an artificial grass lawn and watch your water bill drop, in addition to making an environmentally conscious choice!

Reduce Potential Environmental Catastrophes

gas guzzling lawn equipmentIn addition to costing you weeks of living, moving the lawn is also one of the most environmentally taxing home improvement tasks we perform. According to the EPA blog:

“a conventional gas powered lawn mower spews nearly 90 pounds of the greenhouse gas CO2, and over 50 pounds of other pollutants into our air every year.”

The agency also reports that over 17 million gallons of oil and fuel are spilled each year while lawn and garden equipment – more than the oil spilled by the Exxon Valdez. Eliminating these elements from the equations are just another of the many benefits of artificial turf.

Retain Healthy and Beautiful Waterways

According to Scientific American, the CDC estimates that Americans apply 75 million pounds of toxic gardening chemicals each year. Whether those chemicals are fertilizer or pesticides, a large portion of them end up in our creeks, streams, and groundwater. This can result in massive algae blooms and widespread extinction of native plant and animal species. When the algae blooms die, they draw large amounts of dissolved of oxygen from the water, leaving parts of many waterways unable to support life. Artificial grass lawns never need those dangerous chemicals, so not only will you be helping the planet, you will also be keeping those toxic substances out of your home and away from your family, and there is another of the benefits of artificial turf.

Remove Constant Care And Chemicals

lawn care chemicalsIf you want to have a verdant, green lawn, the labor involved can be intense. Prepare for constant care, pest issues and the regular spending of money. The only ways to deal with common issues that plague natural grass lawns involve fertilizers, pesticides, and other chemicals. These lab-created products deter or eliminate pests. They make your lawn grow 2x faster. They make it greener. However, what happens to all these chemicals afterward? They end up as runoff in our local streams, rivers, ponds, lakes and oceans. Pollutants left over from this fertilizer runoff cause massive algae blooms. These grow so large they block waterways. Over time, the algae blooms die and remove oxygen from the water.

This can create dead zones, a growing issue in the United States and around the world. The chemicals commonly used in lawn and garden care are toxic to aquatic life. According to the U.S. Center for Disease Control(CDC), Americans use roughly 75 million pounds of pesticides each year to eradicate pesky bugs and critters. When these chemicals make their way into our streams and waterways, the fish ingest them and become diseased. Humans eating the fish may become ill. It is a brutal cycle we must end. Synthetic grass lawns never require expensive, and dangerous fertilizers or pesticides. You might see a few bugs here and there, but they usually go away without causing problems. The reason? Insects thrive and feed where nutrients are present. More benefits of artificial turf? It provides no nutrition for these pests. Bugs will move on to somewhere they can find a meal while you enjoy a virtual pest-free environment.

No Harmful Ingredients

High-quality synthetic turf such as the wide variety of products we offer at Pacific Grass & Turf are made from non-toxic materials. They are 100% allergen-free as well. Everyone (including pets) can enjoy the grass “up close and personal” without endangering their health. In fact, we have specialized products that make play environments physically safer for kids, too.

No Harmful Outputs

harmful outputsNatural grass demands an array of potentially poisonous chemicals to help it grow and to fend off pests and disease. Studies have shown that as much as 60% of chemicals applied to lawns run off into the environment. There, they can pose deadly dangers to fish, wildlife, plants, and even our drinking water supply.

Artificial grass starts out in perfect health and remains that way for years, without so much as a single chemical additive.

Synthetic turf has a tiny carbon footprint, too. Since you never have to mow or use other gas-fired tools to maintain it, you’re no longer spewing tons of CO2 and other pollutants into the air. That’s a big deal.  Just a single hour of mowing produces greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to a 100-mile drive in the average car. (Those chemicals you spray onto real grass get into the air, too, as well as the groundwater.)

Remove 83,000 Patients from Emergency Rooms

lawnmower injuries For some reason, it is easy to forget how dangerous a lawn mower or weed whacker can be. Walking behind a metal blade spinning inches from our toes is a common source of injury. According to USA Today, each year more than 83,000 people wind up in the ER due to injuries sustained from lawn mowers. Of those 83,000, 17,000 of the injured are children under the age of 14. Having a synthetic grass lawn means never having to mow, edge, or trim grass again.

Are You Ready to Reap the Benefits of Artificial Turf?

Californians have long taken pride in our state’s leading role as a promoter of environmental sustainability and putting our money where our mouths are, as they say. Investing in artificial grass is one of the most significant ways we, as home and/or business owners, can invest in the health and safety of our families and the beauty of our homes, while also contributing to the sustainability of our natural environment.

So, there it is. The benefits of artificial turf are helping to save the planet, and that makes it a superhero in our eyes.

Pacific Grass & Turf can help you design a beautiful, environmentally conscious landscape for your home or business. Contact us today to learn even more about the benefits of installing a synthetic grass lawn at your home or business.

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