Synthetic turf is exactly what the name states: a grass-like ground cover that imitates that of lush, natural grass in both its appearance and functionality. Synthetic turf is becoming a common and well-liked phenomenon for quite a few reasons including durability, beautiful appearance, cost, and conservation reasons. Of course, synthetic turf doesn’t completely eliminate the desire and need for natural turf, but there are some landscapes that actually benefit from choosing synthetic instead of natural turf.
As much as we want a natural grass to last under extreme use and weather conditions, it just doesn’t work that way. If an area of grass is experiencing frequent use or rain, it cannot be expected to look its best. In addition, grass cannot be expected to thrive in the colder months when grass does not grow. This is one convenience of choosing synthetic turf – it can withstand frequent use, rain, and cold weather and still look lush and vibrant.
In addition to its durability and longevity, synthetic turf actually has a measurably positive impact on the environment. A typical grass sports field requires between 500,000 to a million gallons of water or more per year. By choosing synthetic turf, we can eliminate this extreme water usage. We can also eliminate the need for millions of pounds of harmful pesticides and fertilizers which have significant health and environmental implications.
Synthetic turf is also cheaper than natural turf in the long run. If you are planning to use synthetic turf for a playing field, it would be more costly up front but would be warranted for eight years depending on the level of use. It will require very little “rest” time and significantly less maintenance costs because mowing, irrigation, and chemicals are not needed.
These are just a few of the benefits of choosing synthetic turf. Of course, this will depend on the property, project type, location, climate, etc. Please visit http://www.syntheticturfcouncil.org/ for more information.
Written by: Ashton Long