The Lifespan of Synthetic Grass

Posted by Sunburst Landscaping on February 16, 2017
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Since its inception in the 20th century, synthetic grass is has gone through numerous technological advances. Over the course of time, it has become increasingly more durable, with better longevity. Currently, artificial grass is made out of polypropylene and nylon, which have the ability to withstand heavy foot traffic and other abuses. With good maintenance practices, your artificial turf installation can last up to 25 years. Maybe you’re unfamiliar with the basics of turf maintenance, but we’ve covered that in a different article. Here are some facts to best understand the lifespan of synthetic grass.

Maintaining your artificial grass

One of the best things about artificial turf is that the actual yard work is reduced dramatically. Unlike a natural lawn, synthetic grass only needs to be periodically rinsed, and occasionally fluffed. If you have artificial grass, make sure to wash and rake the yard once or twice a month to get rid of organic debris. It’s also very important to rinse an area that a dog uses to do their business. Without doing this, your turf installation is likely to suffer from discoloration, unpleasant smells, and stains.
Fluffing the blades of yard in high use places will stop them from flexing and flattening. Gently raking the infill will make it looser. Separating the infill will boost elevation and also help the blades of turf stand up for a much more all-natural appearance.

Turf product composition

As previously described, artificial turf is made out of hemp, nylon, polypropylene, and other materials. The turf’s mesh support allows to the product to retain resiliency and sturdiness. The production process of artificial turf allows turf to maintain its beautiful green coloring, and to withstand temperature fluctuations, while still looking and feeling natural.

Picking the best infill for your purpose

It’s really important to get the right kind of infill for your purpose. For example, if you’re getting a putting green, choosing crumb rubber is probably not the best idea, because it’ll cause the ball to roll inconsistently. For a golfer, that’s not very ideal. Conversely, crumb rubber mixed with sand is very popular for athletic fields because it is softer, and therefore easier on the feet. Sand is traditionally a standard in most installations, but it’s less preferable when installing turf for animals, because it is more likely to trap pet odors. Either way, when arranging for a turf installation, make sure that you have the right type of infill for your job, or the lifespan of synthetic grass may not be to your liking.
Regardless of why you’re purchasing artificial turf, it’s important to know that your product will last for a long time, if properly maintained. If you have any other questions about artificial turf, or want to get artificial turf installed, call us today!