Many homeowners around Phoenix, Scottsdale, and other cities in Arizona have started to make the switch to artificial grass lawns in their respective homes. In fact, there may be a few homes around your neighborhood that have recently had artificial grass installed.
Despite its growing popularity, however, some homeowners remain hesitant about making the switch due to several prevalent myths surrounding artificial grass. If you find yourself in that same situation, you may be pleased to know that many of these myths have been debunked, including the following:
It’s Obvious That It Isn’t Live Grass
In the past, artificial grass was very much a new player in the industry and yes, there was a discernable difference between artificial and natural grass. However, the technology used to make artificial grass has progressed by leaps and bounds since the days of “Astro Turf”. Today, it is nearly impossible to tell natural grass and artificial grass apart since artificial grass is designed to completely mimic the look and feel of natural grass. This is especially true when you choose a respected brand of synthetic grass and have it installed by experienced installers like Sunburst Landscaping.
It Tends to Harbor Germs and Pests
This myth arose due to the fact that older versions of artificial grass were installed with sand in-fills. The artificial grass of today does not suffer issues with pests since the entire lawn is synthetic and is devoid of soil. As such, there is nothing present to attract ants and other insects. Additionally, the only time germs become an issue is if a homeowner neglects to remove pet droppings and urine from the surface. As long as you are diligent with cleaning up after your pets, germs are never an issue and your children are free to play on the grass as much as they want.
It’s Horrible for the Environment
Many people believe that artificial grass is harmful for the environment because it is made of plastic. However, the process used to manufacture artificial grass has been greatly refined to ensure minimal impact on the environment. Furthermore, most artificial grass is made from recycled plastic, reducing the amount of trash in our landfills. In addition, most artificial grass is designed to be recycled at the end of its lifespan. There’s also the fact that artificial grass does not require the use of chemical herbicides and pesticides that may seep into underground water supplies. Overall, artificial grass is much more eco-friendly than many people believe.
It Doesn’t Do Well in Hot Climates
Arizona can get quite hot, especially during the summer months, but you need not worry about how the heat will impact your artificial lawn. Although it is true that synthetic grass tends to absorb and retain heat, the material has a high heat tolerance. This means it is highly unlikely that the heat will melt the “grass”. If you are concerned about the trapped heat, a quick shower from your garden hose easily brings the temperature down if you plan to use your lawn to host a party or family reunion. In short, artificial grass can definitely stand up to the climate in Phoenix, Scottsdale, or any other areas in Arizona.
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