Are Synthetic Lawn Worth it?

  




In the landscaping industry, there are probably more passionately discussed topics than an observer would assume, but one that is particularly divisive is the usage of artificial turf.


Artificial turf installation has been a booming business for several years, thanks to recent droughts, a need to conserve water, and a desire to reduce care.
 
The Synthetic Grass Council claims that the fastest expanding segments of the synthetic turf business are landscaping, golf, and other leisure applications. In 2012, more than 35 million square feet of artificial turf for landscapes was deployed.
 
"The engineering – the technology – has come a long, long way, especially in the last decade," Victor Lanfranco, co-owner of Synthetic Grass Warehouse of artificial turf, says. "It is now a well-known landscape product."

Here are some of the advantages and disadvantages of synthetic turf that you can discuss with consumers who are uncertain about using it.

Advantages


Water conservation


The water savings provided by artificial turf is one of the key reasons for its appeal, especially in the West. Landscape irrigation is expected to account for one-third of all residential water use, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
 
Using artificial grass instead of natural grass saves 55 gallons of water each year, according to the Southern Nevada Water Authority. People overwater their lawns, according to natural grass supporters, hence synthetic turf is the clear winner in this category.

Appearance

Gone are the days when synthetic turf stood out like a sore thumb and everyone knew it was false within seconds. Artificial turf options are practically infinite these days, and they can trick almost anyone who looks at them.
 
Synthetic turf turf is UV-stabilized to prevent color fading. Artificial grass, unlike genuine turf, is resistant to illnesses, drought, and dormancy. It can also be utilized to spruce up situations where a lawn isn't feasible, such as rooftops.

Durable

Natural lawns may be temperamental and demanding, necessitating a lot of tender loving care to keep them looking good, but synthetic turf requires far less.
 
Artificial turf can endure between 15 and 20 years, according to most distributors. It also eliminates the breeding ground for lawn pests such as insects, moles, and gophers, all of which can be harmful to natural grass.

Cons

Temperature

 
 
Turfgrass Producers International claims that artificial turf is 86.5 degrees Fahrenheit hotter than natural grass under equal conditions. This is due to the presence of water in natural grass, which keeps it cool.
 
The type of infill material used can have a significant impact on the warmth of the grass. Coconut fibers or other organic infill will be much cooler than black crumb rubber. Subsurface cooling systems can be used to keep the temperature from rising. Using lighter colored grass blades will keep the lawn cooler.
 

Health-related issues

 
One of the most prominent reasons against artificial turf is the use of recycled rubber tire crumb as a filler. Because of the presence of heavy metals and other pollutants, there has been considerable concern that tires contain carcinogens. Recent tales of soccer players being diagnosed with cancer after playing on artificial fields have raised concerns, but current research suggests there is no increased risk of sickness.
 
The Environmental Protection Agency launched a research action plan in 2016 in partnership with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry and the Consumer Product Safety Commission to collect more data. The first section of the report is shown below. Currently, there is insufficient evidence to assess whether or not an actual threat exists.
 

Cost

 
Installing an artificial lawn is expensive. Homeowners must pay for grass removal, ground preparation, and an irrigation system if they want to control the temperature of their grass. Synthetic turf costs $5 to $20 per square foot, while sod costs 14 to 60 cents per square foot.
 
Artificial turf contractors would say that this installation will pay for itself in three to five years due to the lack of maintenance expenditures involved with natural lawn care.
 

Trade-offs

 
Here are some of the trade-offs that have been identified as benefits or drawbacks, depending on who made the list. They aren't inherently better than one another; they're just different.
 
Synthetic turf is usually promoted as being environmentally friendly since it eliminates the need for homeowners to water, fertilize, or mow their lawns, hence reducing emissions by removing the usage of gas-powered devices.
 
Although natural turfgrass is recognized for its ability to absorb CO2, it must be maintained by machines that produce more CO2. It’s also said to reduce noise and pollution, yet lawn care equipment is typically noisy and pollutes the air.
 
Although synthetic turf is often classified as low-maintenance, it does require some upkeep if homeowners want their artificial turf to last as long as possible.

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