However, maintaining a well-manicured lawn with healthy grass does require some effort in terms of watering, regular mowing and weeding. Feeding it with the nutrients it needs throughout the year is also an essential task, so it is important to fertilize the soil and add compost to it to improve its fertility.
Mulch, or organic material such as grass clippings and leaves can also improve the texture and health of your lawn by helping to regulate the temperature of the soil, retain water and reduce weed growth.
If this sounds like a full-time job and you are unable to dedicate proper time and attention for your lawn care, thankfully you do not need to forgo your dream of a beautiful yard, as artificial grass could be the right choice for you.
What is Artificial Grass?
Artificial grass, or turf, is made of synthetic fibers which look and feel similar to real grass.
The quality and texture of this grass has come a long way since the production of AstroTurf in the 1960s and, no longer being consigned to just the sports field, is now a desirable feature for many homeowners
In this article, we will look at some of the benefits of installing artificial grass for your home.
No Need to Water
Unlike a real lawn which requires regular watering, artificial grass does not require watering at all; except perhaps for the occasional short burst of water to clean it.
Not having to water your grass also has the added benefit of saving on your water bills, especially in the drier summer months when grass has to be kept hydrated. This can be an expensive task and also difficult to undertake if water has been rationed or sprinklers have been banned due to water shortages.
The installation of artificial grass by a typical residence with 750 sq ft of lawn could save approximately 22,000 gallons of water each year. Additionally, some local authorities offer incentives to homeowners who conserve energy.
Saving on your water bill could also reward you with a rebate or tax credit if such an initiative is available in your area.
Mowing a lawn can be a chore for some people, especially if they have a large yard to take care of. With artificial grass, this job can be dispensed with completely and you can enjoy the look and feel of a freshly cut lawn any time of the year without lifting a finger.
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You can also do away with other tasks required to maintain a healthy and nourished lawn such as weeding, watering, mulching, and fertilizing. These time-consuming and labor-intensive activities may not be an option for people with a busy lifestyle or the elderly.
Aside from the initial installation, and occasionally removing debris using a broom or leaf blower, there is minimal effort required for maintaining an artificial lawn.
Better for the Environment
A natural lawn requires nutrients to grow and remain healthy and many people achieve this through the use of pesticides and fertilizers.
The excessive use of fertilizers can seep through the soil into the waterways harming the surrounding ecosystem. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Americans consume roughly 75 million pounds of pesticides each year.
Pesticides contain chemicals that can contaminate the soil and water and aside from killing weeds and insects, can be toxic to other organisms such as fish and birds.
An artificial lawn does not require any unhealthy or unsafe chemicals to keep it well-maintained, resulting in less damage to the environment as compared to a natural lawn.
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A natural lawn can attract unsightly patches where it has worn away through excessive wear and tear. Heavy footfall in an area could leave the grass unable to recover in time leading to dry, straw-like patches where it has withered and dried up.
With an artificial lawn, there is no risk of this happening and it will be able to withstand heavy traffic, changes in weather and climate for many years making it a durable and hardy choice for your yard.
The vibrancy of your lawn will also remain as exposure to UV rays will not fade or diminish its color. Artificial grass is UV-stabilised to maintain its rich, green color.
With these four advantages of artificial grass, it is the perfect solution for a whole host
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