Artificial Grass

Are you always traveling? Or maybe have a job and come home late? And because of that, you have got no time to water your lawn, apply fertilizers or remove weeds – but still want a perfect lawn? The solution is a fake lawn. Yes! You read it just right because maybe the answer to your problem is fake grass or artificial grass. But is it that perfect?

If you happen to live in an area where there is a shortage of water, or you are just tired of lawn maintaining your lawn constantly then this might be the perfect solution for you. It saves you time for not only maintenance but also a huge amount of water compared to real grass. The best part is that flexible that it can be applied to any surface, whether it is soil, concrete, tarmac, turf, roof terraces, or on balconies.

What exactly is artificial grass?
Artificial grass is made up of filaments threaded into a backing from which water can pass through. The back is laid on a drainage layer and secured along the perimeter. The filling is made with reused crumb rubber or sand to prevent it from blowing away. But today’s synthetic grass is made up of nylon, polyethylene, or polypropylene, which is then colored.
Faking It is Right for You If:
- You are tired of watering, fertilizing, and maintaining your lawn.
- You have a water shortage, or water bills are too high.
- You travel regularly.
- You cannot afford to hire someone to look after your lawn.

Pros
- Every year, many countries, including the US, will face a shortage of water. The states are tightening water policies. Artificial grass can reduce water usage and maintain the standards set by the homeowner’s association. This makes it eco-friendly and is light on your pocket, saving a couple of dollars from your water bill.
- The material used to make artificial grass are non-toxic and can resist any kind of torture such as digging by dogs and varmints, fading, stains, and fraying at the edges.
- The surface of artificial grass remains smooth throughout the year thanks to its Fall Soft technology, which helps protect you upon impact from a fall as high as 5 feet, unlike regular grass, which can develop dips and humps, and might cause injury to you or your children.
- Artificial grass is a great investment that gives you a good return on eradicating the expenses for lawn care. Also, it can boost the resale value of your home because of how beautiful it looks.

Cons
- The materials used to make artificial grass tend to hold more heat than natural grass, so it will make the surface temperature rise, causing your yard to heat up, and you may feel the burning sensation upon walking on your artificial lawn with bare feet.
- Although artificial grass does not catch fire, it can melt if burning charcoal falls on it or if the sunlight is way too intense. However, it can be repaired.
- The infills of artificial grass are more likely to hold odors, which is why if you do not clean it up, the odor will build-up.
- Artificial grass is not recyclable, and also it cannot absorb liquid like your pet urine or rainfall.
- Your state’s homeowner’s associations might not allow the installation of artificial grass.
- Fake grass is not 100% maintenance-free.
However, the most crucial thing to keep in mind before you consider all of the pros and cons is that there are different qualities of artificial grass. Product quality and installations play a vital role in determining how well your grass performs and how long will it last.

The best type of artificial grass – A buyer’s guide
The market is full of artificial grass manufacturers, and with so much variety to pick from, you can be overwhelmed. But before you get carried away, you have to make It crystal clear as it what exactly you want. There are certain things to keep in mind when considering which is the best choice for you.

What are your needs?
The variety of artificial glass is proportional to your needs. Do you need it for your pets or for golf? Maybe you want it for your kids to play outdoors or, generally, you want to have more green in your home. In conclusion, it depends on the need because we pick the artificial grass best suited for that purpose.

How do you pick the perfect lawn?
Picking up the artificial grass that must have a certain use in mind. This enables you to find the grass that matches the following:
1. CAN WITHSTAND HEAVY USAGE – How often your grass will be in use daily? Do you have kids who will play outdoor? Do you have cats, dogs, or other pets? These questions confirm that how durable and reliable the grass must be before making a purchase.
2. LOOKS LUSH AND FULL – If you are looking for luxurious looks, then long blades will do the trick. However, there is a possibility that they might bend over time, making your lawn look not so luxurious. To maintain that luxury, be prepared to sweep the lawn at regular intervals to avoid flattening.
3. WEATHER-RESISTANT – If you happen to live in hot areas of the world, you do not want your lawn to meltdown due to intense sunlight or the colors fade away due to constant exposure to sunlight. Then you must get the artificial grass that has UV protection.
4. DURABLE – If you seek durability because then you want to make sure the lawn is dense because the denser it is, the more synthetic yarns are present per square foot. Although it is more expensive if your budget would not allow it, then look for less pricy ones because you can compensate with good infills in the future.

How much is the cost to install artificial grass?
The cost of installing artificial grass varies between $2,742 and $6,689, where the average cost is about $4,680. It costs $5 to $20 per square foot, and the cost factors include the quality of fake grass and the size of the yard.
The price includes:
• Materials, such as artificial grass, base materials, and edging.
 Labor costs to apply base gravel, grass fitting, and making sure it is in the right place.
 Planning, preparation, and then clean up.

Why should I hire a professional?
Artificial grass installations are by no means a DIY project unless you are experienced with the process. Although it seems like rolling out a carpet and placing it in the right place, in reality, it is not as easy as it looks, so hiring a professional is a sensible option. If you happen to do so on your own, then you might end up with poor planning or you might not install it correctly, making it more costly than hiring a professional. Improper planning includes failing to choose the right base material, which leads to poor drainage, soggy, slimy, and moldy grass. This will result in costing you time and money, along with added labor.

You might experience other problems if you happen to install in on your own, which includes:
 Inaccurate measurements lead to unfinished looks and potential gaps.
 Improperly securing it can make the edges come up, and your pets might easily pull it up.
 Color variation can occur if you did not buy all material from the same batch.



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