Homeowners dream of having a verdant green lawn in their backyard. The lawn can be the crowning jewel of their backyard hardscaping and landscaping. However, maintaining such a lawn comes with its own difficulties, which is why not every home features a lawn in its makeup.
If you dream of a green backyard, consider why artificial turf might be a good option for your home.
Artificial Turf Promotes Water Conservation
One of the main reasons homeowners struggle to maintain a vibrant green lawn is because of water. That vibrancy comes at a steep price – heavy irrigation. Indeed, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), over one-third of residential water is used for lawn irrigation nationwide – that’s four billion gallons of water a day.
Artificial turf is made of manufactured materials such as polyester foam and nylon. Naturally, such ingredients don’t need water, so installing artificial turf in your backyard can eliminate the need for that four billion gallons of water. What’s more, such water conservation positively impacts your utility bills.
Artificial Turf Is Durable
Artificial turf is essentially an outdoor carpet. Manufacturers start with a backing of polyester tire cord. They then weave the “blades” of grass into the backing. Said blades are constructed either of nylon or polypropylene. The carpet usually features a cushioning system made of rubber or polyester foam.
Manufactured materials result in an exceptionally durable product. In fact, one of the reasons sports fields use artificial turf is because of that durability. Even the strongest natural grass couldn’t hold up to the rigors of sports activities.
Your backyard may not host the same level of activity as a sports field, but you can still reap the durability benefits of artificial turf. Your artificial lawn will be an ideal field for kids’ games or backyard barbecues. As a boon, the cushioning system makes artificial turf especially comfortable.
Artificial Turf Requires Less Maintenance
Many homeowners and businesses manage to maintain a lush natural lawn, and even some sports fields feature natural grass. However, that lush lawn comes at another price beyond heavy watering – regular maintenance. To maintain such a beautiful lawn, you’ll have to complete the following tasks:
Additional tasks include liming and dethatching the lawn, not to mention controlling weeds and pests.
Artificial turf doesn’t require any of that. The lawn stays beautiful with little to no maintenance. You may use a leaf blower to get rid of debris, but that’s all you need to do.
Artificial Turf Is Eco-Friendly
Despite the manufactured materials that go into constructing artificial turf, it’s actually eco-friendly. As part of the process, manufacturers use old tires, so they upcycle items that would otherwise take up a big portion of landfills.
Additionally, you don’t need to use pesticides to control insects and weeds. Over time, the use of pesticides can poison the water table. An artificial turf lawn keeps poison out of the environment.
Lastly, the water savings are huge for the environment.
Artificial Turf Is Easier to Incorporate Into Landscaping
Many homeowners are moving away from just having a big rectangle of lawn in their backyard. Instead, they’re blending the lawn with hardscaping and other landscaping to create an attractive outdoor space.
Natural grass has its own water, nutrient, and sunlight requirements to stay healthy. Those requirements can easily conflict with neighboring trees and plant life, which makes the cohesion of the two difficult.
Artificial turf has no such requirements, so you’ll find it easier to use around other plants.
Forcing a natural lawn to interact with hardscaping, such as geometric pavers or borders, can be equally difficult. However, contractors can cut the artificial turf to work with whatever hardscaping elements you want to add.
Go green with artificial turf in your backyard. Contact Sunburst Landscaping for all your landscaping needs.