There’s a good chance you’ve heard a thing or two about synthetic turf installation.
We understand synthetic grass isn’t for everyone, but we wanted to take a moment today to explore some of the more popular myths going around about synthetic grass. These are often based on opinion or dated perspectives.
Let’s take a closer look.
Synthetic Turf Installation Is Too Expensive
It’s true that installing artificial turf costs more money than it does to plant real grass seeds or to lay down sod.
If you have a large area to cover, the costs can add up very quickly. It’s months and years later when you notice the payoffs of installing synthetic turf. Because you don’t have to mow, fertilize or treat fake grass for pest insects, the money that you would spend on a lawnmower, maintenance, lawn products and other supplies stays in your pocket.
It Doesn’t Look Real
Artificial turf comes in varying lengths and gradients.
You can buy short, well-trimmed turf with a vibrant green color to mimic the look of a golf course. You can also buy it with longer blades and hints of yellows and various green hues to make it almost indistinguishable from real grass.
Synthetic Turf Gets Too Hot to Touch
Real grass stays cooler to the touch even on the hottest days, so this myth does have some merit.
However, it doesn’t get so hot that you can’t stand on it; it might just feel less comfortable than stepping on real grass. Installing a hidden water system or a special padding beneath the turf will help to keep your feet cool on hot days. You can also opt for a lighter colored turf to help repel the sun’s rays and disperse some of the heat.
It Isn’t Good for Pets
On the contrary, you should install artificial grass if you have pets. If you run a doggy day care business, installing synthetic turf may save you money, time and headaches. According to one business owner in South Florida, artificial turf helped him increase his business by 250 percent. Synthetic grass doesn’t harbor fleas and ticks, doesn’t create muddy conditions after it rains and keeps the dogs clean no matter how much they run around.
It Doesn’t Require Any Upkeep
You may not have to mow your lawn anymore, but you still need to maintain it and remove debris every so often. If your dog uses the bathroom on the lawn, you will need to pick up the feces and dispose of it. An occasional rinsing with soap and water will keep the synthetic grass clean and remove any odors that may linger.
Don’t let the myths about synthetic grass keep you from enjoying it in your own yard. It not only eliminates most of your lawn care chores but also adds curbside appeal to your home.
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