As Australias severe drought
has turned many green, lush gardens and yards into brown, lifeless dustbowls, an
increasing number of Australian homeowners are turning to synthetic turf as a viable
solution. Similarly, more home builders, landscapers, and sports and commercial facilities
are actively investigating and promoting synthetic surfaces, causing a dramatic surge in
synthetic turf demand here in Australia.
There are many benefits to installing synthetic grass versus natural grass, here are just
The Benefits of Synthetic Grass versus Natural Grass
With increasing Stage 3, Stage 4 and Stage 5 water restrictions in place across most of
the country, water conservation is now at a critical point, and many homeowners are
finding that they are simply not allowed to water their lawns. While rainwater tanks can
certainly alleviate the problem in the short term, they really only work if there is
adequate rainfall to fill them up. Grey water systems can also address some of the
problem, but the fact is that the chemicals and soaps in grey water collected from some of
these systems can, if not treated properly, actually damage a lawn. Finally, for
commercial applications, including football ovals, golf courses, retirement communities,
property developments and sporting facilities, the cost and effort to transport water via
a pipe system or truck can be prohibitive (and, as has been seen in the news, can anger a
towns residents by using this precious resource for a non-vital purpose) .
Synthetic grass, on the other hand, requires no watering, thus helping Australians to
conserve water. A synthetic lawn remains green, lush and soft regardless of climate
changes, temperature or other environmental conditions, making it a logical and viable
alternative for both home and business applications.
The hot and dry climates unique to Australia make natural grass very difficult (and
costly) to maintain. Homeowners, councils, and property management companies spend large
amounts of money on water, fertilizers, pesticides, chemicals, mowing and general labour
to keep their natural grass in good condition.
Synthetic grass, however, requires none of these costly items. Maintaining a synthetic
lawn is as simple as raking the leaves when needed, and an occasional topdressing of sand
or rubber. In addition, many synthetic turf manufacturers will apply a special UV coating
to protect the lawn against the harsh ultraviolet rays of the sun ensuring that the
synthetic grass will not fade or weaken with age.
As mentioned above, maintaining a natural grass lawn requires regular use of fertilizers,
chemicals and pesticides. Apart from the inherent danger of exposure to children, pets and
native animals in the neighborhood, these products invariably migrate into the soil,
groundwater, and eventually into lakes, streams or even the ocean. This can have
significant long-term effects on the planets plants, animals, the air we breathe and
the food we eat.
Synthetic Grass, on the other hand, requires no chemicals or pesticides for maintenance,
and provides a safe, healthy environment for families and the public.
Natural grass lawns and sports fields are rarely perfectly flat. With regular use, a grass
lawn will develop dips, mounds, bumps, holes and other inconsistencies that can cause
tripping, twisted ankles or other major injuries.
A properly-installed synthetic lawn, however, is most commonly built on top of flat, level
ground (usually excavated and graded), which contains one or two layers of compacted,
crushed base and a layer of foam padding. The lawn is then in-filled with a combination of
either rolled sand or crushed rubber, and then raked or brushed to ensure a consistent,
flat, soft surface. When done right, a synthetic lawn or sports field is much safer than
natural grass, hence the reason why more major sports organizations and schools in the
U.S. and Australia are replacing their sod and natural grass with synthetic surfaces.
Technology has vastly improved synthetic turf in the past decade. Gone are the days of
neon-green Astroturf or knee-burning plastic-fiber carpets. Today, synthetic turf comes in
different fiber lengths, colors and weaves, and is manufactured to exactly replicate the
look and feel of natural rye, bermuda, bluegrass, centipede or virtually any type of
natural grass available. The new generation of synthetic turf also feels incredibly soft
to the touch, which is a welcome addition for children and pets.
It is commonly believed that natural grass is much cheaper than synthetic grass as
grass seed or turf transplants are relatively inexpensive. So at $50 to $100 per square
metre (installed), the bulky up-front investment for purchase and installation of
synthetic turf may seem expensive. But in reality, the costs over the long term are
actually lower than that of natural grass. When factoring in the 5- to 10-year cost of
grass seed, water, fertilizers, lawnfeed and pesticides, as well as the labor and time to
mow, trim, aerate, fill, mulch and maintain a natural grass lawn, it becomes clear that a
synthetic lawn can pay for itself within a few years, depending on the size of the area
and the quoted cost.
For the average homeowner, however, the most popular benefit of owning a synthetic lawn is
"Time." Less time maintaining a lawn means more time enjoying it. More time for
backyard cricket with the kids. More time for backyard footy. Or just simply "more
time in the backyard."
is the owner of DD's landscaping, an Australian firm specializing in Synthetic Grass
installation and maintenance. Daniel has been working with the DD's team satisfying
customers for over 10 years. He believes landscaping your home or business is about
creating an atmosphere that "appropriately represents your personality and
establishment." For more information feel free to visit: www.ddslandscaping.com.au Article Source: ArticleRich.com