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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The Color of Turf

Ok, so you won’t want a blue lawn (unless you are a Boise State fan), but it is nice to know that artificial turf has options.

The accompanying photos shows the variety of colors that are typically used on sports fields. The turf is pre-dyed before it is assembled and it comes in rolls just like the natural green stock does.  And while we’re on the subject of the green stuff, there are almost as many varieties (colors) of artificial turf as their are of real turf.

Want to have St Augustine or Bermuda grass? You can have it.  Kentucky Blue Grass? Yes.  And the list goes on.

You really need to see it in person to appreciate the varieties.

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Water Conservation and Artificial Turf Products

Artificial turf is a better choice for the environment when it comes to water use and conservation, particularly if you live in a dry climate or somewhere that needs to conserve water. If you have artificial turf, you don’t need:

  • Fertilizer and water
  • Gas-powered lawnmowers or string trimmers

Real lawns use upwards of 20,000 or more gallons of water a year. The carbon sequestration abilities of real grass are probably negated by the mowing and fertilizers used to maintain it. Fertilizers not only pollute waterways, but require a lot of energy to produce.

A study by Sweden’s Stockholm University found that an hour’s worth of mowing resulted in about the same amount of emissions as driving a car 93 miles.

Knowing this, it is important to consider your lawn care habits and the climate of your area. If you tend to mow your lawn frequently, use fertilizer, water it daily, and think water conservation is important in your region, then perhaps artificial grass is right for your situation. It’s probably not only good for the climate, but it’s an investment that will start saving you money in reduced maintenance and water costs.

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