Artificial Turf’s Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Posted by Sunburst Landscaping on March 24, 2016
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Before making a big purchase on artificial turf, or completely digging up your yard, you probably have dozens of questions running through your head. We understand you want to do your research before you make a decision so we’ve created a Q&A list for you. From safety to upkeep to longevity we answered all of your questions and more below.
Why is artificial turf better?
Not only will your yard or area look better but you’ll spend a significantly less amount of time to maintain grass with mowing, pesticides, weeding, seeding, and watering. It also means less grass-stained laundry and muddy dog baths! In the long run, it’s a huge cost reduction and time saver.
You could have a beautiful lawn without the hassle and expense of trying to maintain a problem-plagued natural lawn. Quality synthetic turf has become a proven landscaping alternative to natural lawns. You eliminate watering, mowing, fertilizing and chemicals, re-seeding, pests, allergies and muddy paw prints….all for a lower overall cost in the long run!
What is artificial turf made of?
Artificial turf is a surface of synthetic fibres made to look like natural grass.
Is it safe for the environment?
Artificial turf is very safe for the environment and can actually help it with reduced water usage. You also don’t need weed killers or fertilizers anymore which is a major benefit. There is also no pollution created by gas-powered mowers to cut the lawn.
How long does it last?
In a sports field with lots of activity and rough treatment artificial turf can last up to 10 years. In your backyard or commercial space it could last from 20-25 years.
Is it tough?
Artificial turf is used everywhere from sports fields to childcare facilities and can withstand cleats or baby feet. It’s tough enough to withstand any activity but is also safe enough to protect your players or loved ones.
Does it fade or get much wear and tear?
Our products have built-in UV protection that allows it to hold its color even under the most brutal conditions. Nothing can stain it either, even paint can come out with paint remover and water. Anything else that is spilled on it can be easily rinsed off as well.
Does it get hot?
The grass does not stay as cool as natural grass which has water running through it, but it will not absorb or radiate heat like pavement, rock or brick. It can be cooled down with sprinklers if needed.
What is draining like? Will I have puddles in my yard?
Artificial turf has a superior drainage system for your lawn or pet area. There won’t be any water issues or puddles in your yard with artificial turf.
Is it dog-friendly?
Even the Humane Society and many commercial pet boarders use artificial turf at their facilities so you know that artificial turf is very dog-friendly. Not only will they love it, but it will also keep them clean and away from mud and dirt.
Will my kids get hurt on it?  
Kids enjoy playing on artificial turf which can be softer and safer than real grass. There’s also reduced allergies and one thing parents love which is no grass stained clothes! Hundreds of daycare centers around the country use artificial turf at their facilities for these reasons and it’s FallSoft® technology.
How much maintenance and upkeep does it need?
The maintenance required to keep artificial turf looking its best is really just keeping it clean. Sometimes weeding the perimeter might be needed or blowing off leaves from the surface. Using a broom to ‘fluff’ the turf to keep it looking plush in the high traffic areas is also a common practice.
Will it keep bugs and animals away?
Those pesky bugs and animals will be completely out of your life! Artificial turf rids your yard of anything from bugs to gophers. Rabbits have no interest in eating turf and gophers can’t make their way through. Bugs and other critters will also be gone without dirt and weeds.
How long does it take to install?
Depending on the size of the yard or area you are installing the artificial turf in, the installation could take any where from 1 to 3 days. But this can vary depending on project details.
If you’re looking for answers to questions we didn’t answer, specific project guidelines or pricing details you can contact us here. Or download our 22 Questions guide below!
FAQs of artificial turf