Ben­e­fits of in­stalling ar­ti­fi­cial grass

Lesotho Times - - Property -

CON­SID­ER­ING that many peo­ple only see ar­ti­fi­cial turf at venues, crèches and school fields, it’s rea­son­able to be­lieve that they rarely get to ex­pe­ri­ence it in res­i­den­tial land­scap­ing projects.

Below are some of the ben­e­fits of in­stalling ar­ti­fi­cial grass at home…

Ad­van­tages of in­stalling ar­ti­fi­cial grass

1. Ar­ti­fi­cial grass which is other­wise known as syn­thetic lawn is low main­te­nance and pet friendly, mak­ing it a ver­sa­tile prod­uct in terms of ap­pli­ca­tion.

2. Syn­thetic grass does away with al­lergy is­sues. For in­stance, in cases where chil­dren might be al­ler­gic to grass, syn­thetic lawn is the ideal al­ter­na­tive. This makes grow­ing and play­ing out­side a fun ex­pe­ri­ence again.

3. Ar­ti­fi­cial lawn is so ver­sa­tile that a num­ber of home­own­ers have in­stalled it in their bed­rooms, on walls and even on ceil­ings. How­ever, the most com­mon ap­pli­ca­tion of syn­thetic lawn is of course in land­scap­ing.

4. The pro­duc­tion of ar­ti­fi­cial turf has grown so much over time that it has evolved to look more re­al­is­tic, with dif­fer­ent types of grass fi­bres that re­sem­ble dead par­ti­cles.

5. The up­side to us­ing syn­thetic grass in land­scap­ing projects is that it can be curved and shaped ac­cord­ing to any type of gar­den, big or small.

6. Of­ten­times, home­own­ers may find a par­tic­u­lar spot in the gar­den where the sun doesn’t al­ways get to. As such, you’ll find that the grass doesn’t grow in that part of the gar­den.

Peo­ple spend crazy amounts of money to try and get their grass to grow, es­pe­cially in shady ar­eas.

Pair­ing syn­thetic grass with some step­ping stones and pebbles will re­vive an area like this and cre­ate a space that can be used to its full pur­pose.

7. With the more mod­ern types of build­ings go­ing up, gar­den space is of­ten limited or non-ex­is­tent.

In such in­stances, ar­ti­fi­cial turf can be in­stalled in smaller gar­den ar­eas, pro­vid­ing a green patch all year round with no main­te­nance needed.

8. In the past, rooftops weren’t nor­mally con­sid­ered ar­eas that peo­ple would use. Nowa­days, how­ever, rooftops can be dec­o­rated and fur­nished to suit the in­di­vid­ual’s needs. To­gether, apart­ment own­ers and land­scap­ers can de­sign and cre­ate beau­ti­ful rooftop gar­dens that can be used for recre­ational pur­poses.

9. The ad­van­tages of in­stalling ar­ti­fi­cial turf is that it stays green all year round, does not have to be mowed or wa­tered and can be in­stalled vir­tu­ally any­where.

Ar­ti­fi­cial grass can save home­own­ers money due to its low or no main­te­nance fac­tor. You don’t have to get it mowed, no fer­tiliser is needed, nei­ther is a sprin­kler sys­tem.

The dif­fer­ent op­tions in terms of ar­ti­fi­cial turf are end­less and a per­son would only be limited by their own imag­i­na­tion.

Who can ben­e­fit from syn­thetic lawn? To­day’s home­owner is liv­ing a fast-paced and busy life, with lit­tle or no time to care for a lawn. Apart­ment own­ers, peo­ple liv­ing in small estates and town­houses, fam­i­lies with al­lergy suf­fer­ers and home­own­ers with hol­i­day homes can all ben­e­fit from in­stalling ar­ti­fi­cial grass.

Cost of in­stalling ar­ti­fi­cial turf A land­scape prod­uct with an eight-year war- ranty (de­pend­ing on the quan­tity), can cost you any­thing from R265 to R425 per square me­tre in­stalled.

A lit­tle bit of main­te­nance Home­own­ers should con­sider the fact that even the no main­te­nance turf still needs to be brushed ever so of­ten to en­sure all the fi­bres stand up­right.

There are ap­pli­ca­tions that re­quire sil­ica sand in­fill to pre­vent this from hap­pen­ing, but most land­scape prod­ucts are non-in­fill prod­ucts.

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