Tips & Advice
How much maintenance does artificial grass require?
Artificial grass requires minimal to moderate maintenance, depending on the normal weather conditions of the area and the amount of wear and tear. Rinse off spills and pet urine immediately. It is suggested you hose down an artificial lawn weekly, and rake or sweep away debris and dust at least once a month.
Does the color of artificial grass fade?
The color of artificial grass should not fade during the time it is covered by manufacturer warranty at minimum, and hopefully should remain consistent for longer than that.
How long does it take to install artificial grass?
The length of time to install artificial grass varies according to the size of the area needing coverage. However, for an average residential or small business hardscaping project, expect one day of prep and 1-2 days for installation.
How often does artificial grass need to be replaced?
Artificial grass needs to be replaced every 8-15 years. Some manufacturers say it has an even longer life expectancy, but the standard manufacturer warranty is typically between 8-10 years.
Can artificial grass be used in cold climates?
Artificial grass can do well in cold climates. The color does not fade, and the grass doesn’t break or fall out. However, you should definitely pay some attention to the grass after a heavy flood. Make sure the drainage layer is functioning properly and the artificial lawn has not become waterlogged. Also, professionals caution against installing artificial turf in extremely cold temperatures, as the backing can crack.
Can artificial grass be used in hot climates?
Artificial grass can be used in hot climates, but one major issue is that the synthetic grass blades become very hot in direct sunlight. Artificial turf manufacturers are creating new technologies to address this problem.
Is artificial grass environmentally friendly?
The argument that artificial grass is environmentally friendly has basis in that it does not need to be watered, mowed, or have pesticides put on it. Also, the infill has customarily been created of recycled synthetic materials. However, critics of artificial grass say it is not environmentally friendly because it is made of petroleum-based products, and not biodegradable. The latest generation of artificial grass is made from raw material that is recyclable and thus better for the environment.
Does artificial grass pose any health hazards?
In recent years, there has been intense debate over whether artificial grass poses any health hazards. The most problematic element is the crumb rubber often used as infill. It’s made from tiny pellets of recycled, crumbled tires containing carcinogens; the chief concern is that people can inhale the tiny particles. There are also concerns about the levels of lead in earlier versions of the synthetic grass itself. The new generation of artificial grass uses different synthetic materials thought to be safer and closer to organic matter.
How is artificial grass manufactured?
Artificial grass is actually comprised of multiple layers, each of which are made from various synthetic materials. The drainage layer is made of stone and geotextile, and is the bottom portion. There is sometimes a layer of padding or a leveling layer. The “grass” section is made from the same process as carpets are made: through the “tufting process.” A mix of synthetic materials (polyethylene, nylon, etc.) are mixed together, formed into imitation blades of grass via an extruder, and threaded into the backing material. To create a more accurate approximation of real grass, there’s usually a layer of crumb infill immediately beneath the backing.
What is artificial grass?
Artificial grass, also known as artificial turf, is a ground cover made of synthetic fiber that looks like grass. It is durable and weather resistant, making it popular in sporting facilities. It is a more convenient and potentially affordable alternative to natural grass, since it requires no weeding, watering, or mulching.