Artificial turf isn’t just for mini golf and football stadiums anymore! It has become the go-to product for homeowners suffering through drought or trying to reduce their water consumption.
Tanner Shepard, owner of LawnPop, an Austin, TX turf installation company, says that their brand has been growing at a rapid pace. “Synthetic grass was a great option to help conserve water during the drought,” Shepard said. “Turf is very versatile, and people are getting more creative when it comes to how they want it.”
This isn’t your mother’s turf either. Today’s turf comes in more natural looking colors and in varied lengths to suit any purpose. It can be tough to tell the difference between artificial turf and the natural varieties. Although, you can get “smurf turf” if you like to walk on the wild side!
LawnPop recently installed 2,500 square feet synthetic grass for a home in Georgetown, TX. The client has a pool that overlooks the rest of their landscape and decided that artificial turf would be the best looking compliment.
“The backyard is on elevated ground, so we used an additional base so that the turf would have a clean, even installation,” Shepard said. “They were very pleased with the results.”
“Synthetic grass can be a great part of design when done correctly and by those who know how. I desire a solid design for every install we do, it’s what I enjoy most about this business.”
Artificial Turf Pros
Here are some benefits to installing artificial turf in lawn areas:
- Maintenance costs are lower, since there is no watering, cutting, feeding, weed-killing, etc. Debris should be blown off occasionally using a leaf blower.
- Turf drains well and cleans easily, so pet droppings are easy to take care of. It’s also less susceptible to digging and other animal damage.
- Trees and artificial turf get along well. Add a tree ring to protect the roots and allow water into the ground at the base. Shade won’t kill the grass under the tree.
Artificial Turf Cons
On the other hand:
- Turf costs about twice as much as a traditional grass lawn with sprinklers ($8-12 per square foot). Consider using artificial turf just in smaller, high traffic areas.
- The materials used to make turf heat up when exposed to sunlight, which can hurt pet paws and human feet. It is best used in shaded areas.
- Although turf is getting better at looking and feeling like natural grass, it just isn’t. Order samples from multiple suppliers to see which ones you like best.