It would appear at a cursory glance that synthetic grass is a very expensive replacement for natural grass, but the high cost is only up front. When measured over the life of the grass you will find that synthetic grass is actually a cheaper alternative to the real stuff and the savings may not simply be the cost of maintaining the grass.
So, that higher upfront cost of a synthetic grass surface is pretty quickly recouped by the lower maintenance requirements. Time, energy and the possibility of greater usage gives you a surface that will pay for itself over its lifetime.
Benefits of Using Waterless Grass for the Environment
There are benefits to having synthetic grass as opposed to natural grass. Here are a few of the benefits:
Maintenance - Maintaining a synthetic lawn is less costly in the long run than maintaining a natural lawn. You won't have to worry about spending a lot of money on watering the grass, putting down fertilizer, mowing the lawn, and putting any chemicals down that may potentially harm animals or even seep into the groundwater. Thus, this will provide a safe and healthy environment for everyone. The synthetic grass is made out of durable all weather materials, so it can be used in various environments from the coldest temperatures to the hottest and driest of conditions. Gone are the days of being embarrassed of having the ugly brown lawn, especially with temperatures getting hotter and water restrictions being placed.
With all of these benefits listed above, I think the best one out of all will be the time saved. We all know time is priceless. There will be less time spent on maintaining the yard, which means more time to spend with the family; time to sit back, relax, and enjoy.
The History of Commercial Artificial Grass
Throughout the decades, artificial turf has evolved into a very realistic and technologically advanced alternative to real grass. However, it is safe to say that synthetic turf products were not always this way. Like most widely adopted modern products, much research and new developments happened in order to lead to the impressive synthetic grass products that are available to consumers today. Though the artificial grass industry has come a long way, it is important to note its developments and history.
Though newer synthetic grass is very much unlike its predecessors, some may not realize the difference. AstroTurf, the pioneering grass-like surface, was created in the 1960's. This early synthetic grass was a short pile grass that was made from PVC-like material. This tended to have a very spiky and plastic-like feel, as well as a shinier and lighter appearance. In comparison to new artificial grass, old AstroTurf from decades ago was not as soft and less similar to natural grass. It did not have many of the functional attributes available in modern synthetic turf, such as infill and a highly effective drainage system.
The modern drainage system of synthetic grass allows liquids to permeate through the grass in all directions. Thus, it manually drains itself and requires no extra effort when coming into contact with liquid. Modern turf backing is highly perforated, ensuring that drainage is quick and effective. With such an innovative system, artificial turf does not collect water, decreasing bug infestation, bacteria, and spores. It is evident that the evolution of artificial turf has taken strides to be the industry that it is today. Modern synthetic grass is the ultimate in technologically advanced lawn systems that require minimal maintenance, and are equipped with impressive features.