The use of synthetic grass has been rising in popularity over recent years, especially when droughts started happening more frequently. While it is most commonly perceived to be perfect for residential use, there are actually various other uses for it, such as in commercial establishments, and even sports centers.
Here are some of the benefits and advantages that synthetic grass can offer to venues that require a perfect lawn all year ‘round, such as a sports field.
A football field spans 160 feet wide, or 53 1/3 yards. To maintain that much land area, imagine just how many thousands of gallons of water are needed regularly. This, of course, translates to costly expenses for the venue.
The kind of care and maintenance will also differ greatly depending on whether it is an indoor or outdoor field or stadium. What’s for certain, however, is that natural grass will most certainly be costly to upkeep.
Apart from the water, there are the fertilizers and power to be used for trimming and mowing the lawn. Electricity-run mowers will drive up energy costs, while gas-powered ones emit pollutants in the air, only further contributing to pollution. All of these are at stake for the sake of a healthy sports field to be run over and trampled on.
This is why synthetic grass is a much better alternative to it. Because it does not require any of these maintenance and upkeep elements, or at the very least greatly diminishes them, it becomes a much more cost-efficient investment on the part of the venue.
Easy to Use, Repair, and Replace
Outdoor sports fields with natural grass are extremely vulnerable to weather temperaments. The soil and the grass become barren during the warm season, while it becomes muddy or flooded during the rainy season. Come winter, snow and frost damages it, first by preventing the grass from getting the proper nutrients it needs to grow, and then by causing soil disease from the runoff and the bacteria that comes along with it.
Indoor stadiums, meanwhile, must be closely monitored so that the field will be sure to get the proper amount of sunlight, water, and fertilizers. In case of soil or grass issues affecting a section of the field, this must be immediately remedied otherwise the damage might grow and spread further, creating bigger damage.
In the event that damage is already sustained, the patch or section of grass must be repaired or replaced to keep the consistency and quality throughout the entire field. However, regrowing a new patch of grass in an already existing system may take some time, which can cause inconvenience to the players using the field.
Part of an appeal of a stadium is how good it will look to the audience both in person and onscreen. Any venue management or operator would do well to invest in good quality synthetic turf so that people will want to come and patronize their establishment. It’s not just for the audience but the sports events itself.
If the players cannot train or play as frequently as they would need to because there is always some maintenance requirement to be done on the field, then they will most likely lose interest and find another venue. And if it were the only venue they happen to have access to, then all the more that the management should pay keen attention and give the utmost care for the field to maximize its potential.
Of course, also crucial to this is the proper installation of the synthetic turf. If it is not seamed or laid out correctly, this can eventually lead to problems. A professional installation company like Sunburst Landscaping can help your venue with that need.
Pros & Cons of Artificial Turf in Sports. AZCentral.com.
Pros & Cons of Artificial Turf in Sports. Livestrong.com.