The New Green

More and more homeowners are rethinking the traditional lawn. Grass has long been the least sustainable aspect of the garden, requiring up to 90% of resources associated with the care and maintenance of the property. While many schools, municipalities and sports facilities have made the switch to synthetic turf, the average homeowner has been reluctant to give up the lawn. Maybe it's the smell of fresh cut grass, or the challenge of showing up the neighbors with the perfectly edged carpet of green lawn. More likely, it's the look and feel that people expect from synthetic turf. However, the quality and look of the new materials available are converting even the most hesitant lawn enthusiasts.

Synthetic turf has come a long way. The latest materials are produced to look much more like real grass (only without the bermuda grass and dandelions). There are different types to chose from depending on the type of use, area where the turf will be installed and personal aesthetic. Selecting the right material for the job ensures years of use and requires limited maintenance.

There are many benefits to switching to today's synthetic turf.

  • Thirty to sixty percent of urban fresh water is used for watering lawns. By removing lawn and installing drip irrigation to deliver water directly individual plants, homeowners will see a dramatic decrease in water use and waste. This change is good for the community and good for the pocket book.
  • In addition to reduction of water use in the garden, the installation of synthetic turf results in reduced fertilizers and herbicides
  • Provides a safer play area. A 2.25" pad beneath the turf allows for an 8' fall rating
  • Easy to maintain. Simply blow or vacuum debris and hose-off patches that dogs may have found to be particularly "appealing."
  • Multiple textures and bases can be installed to create the perfect play area for the kids right next to the perfect putting green for the golf enthusiasts
  • Easily installs over many existing surfaces, including hardscape (such as patios or pathways). Synthetic turf can be installed over existing hardscape without the added expense of removals. This also allows for reuse of the existing hardscape once the turf is no longer desired.
  • Easily modified to add an anchored play structure, croquet course or volleyball net
  • Permeability of the materials reduces runoff and allows water to be absorbed into the soil beneath
  • Installation without infill means no release of fumes or percolation of heavy metals into the soil and water table

If you have questions about the benefits of synthetic turf or if you would like to see samples, give us a call to make an appointment for a free consultation.