You’ve asked, and we’re here to answer! If you’ve been looking at artificial grass, we have answers to some of the top questions we get. Read on to check if your questions are here.
What Exactly is Synthetic Grass?
Artificial grass is made from synthetic materials like nylon, polyethylene, or polypropylene. The turf consists of a backing material and fibers made to look like grass. Synthetic turf today is available in a wide variety of colors and lengths to fit any need.
How Long has Synthetic Turf Been Around?
Synthetic turf gained its fame thanks to sports in the 1960s, but it rapidly became used for yards across the nation soon after. You can check out the history of synthetic grass landscaping in this article.
Is it Safe for Kids & Pets?
Yes, synthetic grass is non-toxic and made from materials that are pet-friendly and safe for kids. Plus, if you decide to install artificial grass on your property, you’ll also create a better play environment for your loved ones because you won’t need fertilizer, pesticides, or other harsh chemicals anymore.
What Are Some Turf Terms I Should Know?
We get this question a lot! So here are some of the most common artificial grass terminologies you’ll encounter while shopping.
The backing weight is what keeps everything together. It’s essentially the underside of synthetic turf.
The yarn is the “face” of the grass. This is what alters depending on what colors and length you want.
Fiber weight refers to how much yarn is used per square yard of grass. The higher the face weight, the longer and denser the synthetic turf’s grass will be.
The infill is what keeps the artificial turf blades upright, shields the backing from damage caused by UV rays, and gives a more realistic feel.
The pile height refers to the length of the grass blades. Pile height is what makes your artificial yard looks real.
How Can it Be Used?
There are many options to choose from when it comes to artificial grass. Because it can be installed almost anywhere, you gain a competitive edge you wouldn’t get with natural grass. Here are some of the most famous varieties of turf we have:
- Residential: Perfect for your front or backyard, Shawgrass residential turf is created to look the best and last for many years to come.
- Commercial: Can help reduce how much you pay on annual maintenance costs and enables you to focus on your actual business priorities and not landscaping.
- Playground: Our playground turf is designed for high-use play areas, provides the best durability and return on investment, and is IPEMA Certified and ADA accessible.
- Pet Turf: We make artificial turf specifically for your four-legged friends. This turf is crafted for superior drainage to allow urine to flow through quickly.
- Active Lifestyle: Shawgrass provides a complete line of putting turf, batting cage turf, and recreational turf, all developed to look and perform just like the real thing.
- Performance Turf: With Shawgrass performance turf, you can change your gym or indoor sporting venue into a top-notch facility.
Can it Be Installed on Hard Surfaces?
Yes, you can install artificial grass over concrete, paving slabs, and asphalt. We do advise adding extra cushioning under the turf to make it softer. Any large cracks or dips should be filled and leveled before adding the grass.
Can it Be Put Over Natural Grass?
No, we do not recommend placing synthetic grass over existing grass. This is because you can run into drainage issues, leveling issues, and it’s possible for some of the grass or weeds underneath to grow up through your synthetic grass.
Could I Install it Myself?
While installing artificial turf can be a DIY project, we don’t recommend it. To get a nice even-looking surface, you’ll want to rely on the professionals. You can check out 8 reasons we DON’T advise you install it yourself in this article.
What Should I Ask My Installer?
Your artificial grass installer should be a wealth of knowledge. There are two categories of questions to ask an artificial grass installer — before installation and after. Check out this article we did covering some of these questions.
How Do You Clean Artificial Turf?
Cleaning artificial grass is simple! It won’t require nearly as much maintenance that natural turf does. To keep your synthetic grass looking good, you should check out our guide to keeping it clean.
Can Artificial Grass Melt?
Synthetic grass won’t melt because of the sun, but a hot ember from an open fire pit can melt your turf. That’s why we suggest adding a patio area using stones or gravel large enough to accommodate seating and installing a fire break for the fire pit.
How Long Will It Last?
With advances in technology, top-of-the-line artificial turf will last well over 10 years. There are many elements that affect how long the grass will last (if it’s in the sun or shade, how much foot traffic it gets, etc.), so we suggest connecting with our team to learn more about our warranties.
How Much Does It Cost?
The cost of your final artificial turf project will vary depending on these factors:
- Square footage
- Site access & prep
- Type of turf
- Special features
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