Water Conservation

One of the biggest advantages to using artificial turf in your landscape plan is that water conservation is really a built-in attribute.

Water conservation and fake grass are a natural pairing.

Not only do you save the water you don’t have to sprinkle on the lawn to make it grow and thrive, you can also divert runoff and rainwater much more easily because those sources aren’t being absorbed into the Earth.

In fact, collecting rainwater is an initiative of the governing body of artificial turf installer, ASGI. Here is a recent press release from their site concerning this issue (http://www.asgi.us/rainwater-harvesting-2010.html).

So, as you consider artificial turf in your landscaping plans, remember the water conservation value of fake grass.

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Time

Time.  We spend it, save it, wish for more and try to control it. Think of all the things that take time in your busy life.

How about mowing and caring for a lawn?

If you had artificial turf, you could save lots of time.  For instance:

  • No time mowing or trimming.
  • Less time watering (except for washing down the turf sometimes).
  • Not having to apply fertilizer or treatments.

Can you put that into hours?

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How to use artificial turf in a residential landscape plan

There are a number of ways you can include artificial turf in your landscaping around your home.  For example:

  • Shaded lawn areas.  Many types of real turf don’t do well in full shade and consequently become rocky or show bare patches.
  • Perimeter areas.  To add accent to a large lawn or give a green touch to the edges of the landscape plan.
  • Desert landscaping.  Since most succulents (cacti) don’t require water, you can give your desert lawn a touch of green around the rocks and dry plants.
  • Pet areas.  Dogs are creatures of habit–they can’t wear paths into fake grass!

There are other ideas.  Do you have any?

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Another reason to have an artificial turf lawn

We’ve cited a number of reasons for having artificial turf as a part of your landscape plan.  Besides the water use and elimination of chemicals, add this one to your list:

Lawn mower pollution.

Seriously, gas-powered lawn mowers reportedly account for 5 percent of the air pollution in the United States.  Consider that running your gas mower for one hour is the equivalent of driving your car 100 miles.

Eliminating natural turf from your lawn also eliminates the cost of a mower (or several if you consider the average mower lasts 10 years and most turf solutions are guaranteed for at least 20 years).  Add in the cost of gas over that same period and you have a pretty good green (both monetary and environmental) case for having the fake stuff.

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Other Uses for Synthetic Turf

And you thought it was just for your lawn?  Actually, there are a number of other uses for synthetic grass.  We have customers who use it in these different applications:

  • A photo studio.  It brings a different feeling to the usually gray walls of a studio.  It also serves as a great prop.
  • Dog mats. Fido and Fifi need something to call their own.  Indoor or outdoor.
  • Indoor portable putting green.  For the busy executive.
  • Rooftop decks.  More and more multiuse facilities are using turf as a part of their rooftop gardens to save weight and avoid water.
  • Welcome mats. It’s a natural for in front of the door.  Wipe your feet!

Do you have a few you can share with us?

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Vet Clinics and Artificial Turf

More and more veterinarians are including artificial turf as a part of their clienic space.  Whether it is as the landscaping out front or the dog runs inside for the patients or boarders, fake grass has made its way into the world of vet clinics.

Some of the advantages:

  • More comfortable than concrete dog runs.
  • Easy to clean and sanitize
  • Lower long-term maintenance and installation costs (over the life of the product).
  • As landscaping, no water use and little maintenance

Take a look and see what your veterinarian is doing.

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Revisiting the Backyard Dog Run

As the weather turns cooler and maybe a bit wetter, be thinking about that backyard you share with your pet.

Could Fido or Fifi use a clean, mudless space of their very own?

Consider a backyard dog run with a ground cover of artificial turf.  It is:

  • Easy to clean
  • Reasonable to buy and have installed
  • Safe and healthy for both pets and people

Many veterinarians and pet care professionals use these products–you should consider it, too.

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The Backyard Putting Green

This comes under the heading of “why didn’t I have one of these sooner?”

  • A putting green in the backyard serves several ideas:
  • If you love golf, here’s a way for you to work on your short game without messing up the carpet
  • The backyard has a place that grass won’t grow and isn’t being used for something else anyway.

You needed a place to unwind after work and now you can do it in the comfort of your own backyard.

You can come up with more, but the truth is, it both helps the look of the yard and gives you an outlet. A backyard putting green is a sanity saver and can increase the value and appearance of your home. They are affordable and can be installed in less than a day.

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Playgrounds and Synthetic Turf

Playgrounds are a natural for synthetic turf. Saving time, safety and ease of installation are but a few of the reasons you want to include fake grass into your playground or play set installation plan.

Working fake grass into a playground plan is a good move because:

  • The play area can be used immediately without having to wait for real grass to grow in.
  • Artificial turf and its underpinnings are softer and cushion impact better than pavement, concrete or stone.
  • Installation of the ground cover and equipment can be fairly seamless as a project with little lag time between each installation.

Consider artificial turf as a part of your next playground installation.

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Lawn Chemicals and Artificial Turf

Let’s talk about lawn chemicals.  In order to keep you real grass lawn green and healthy, you are most likely relying on a number of lawn chemicals.

This industry has come under scrutiny in recent years because of the concern for ground water and natural resources. When lawn chemicals run off the lawn they potentially can harm fish, fowl and ground water.  They also can harm children and pets.

Not so with artificial turf.  Since you are not using chemicals to keep it green and healthy, artificial turf can survive without chemical support.  And since most turf types are made with recycled or “green” components, they are safe for the environment from the day of manufacture.

Consider using artificial turf in your next landscape installation.

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