Astroturfing: Rise Of The Synthetic Lawn

Used in sports stadiums around the world, we know that fake grass can take a pounding – but would you have it in your backyard? With water conservation becoming a priority and more and more homeowners searching for the year-round green, synthetic grass is becoming a thing. It’s softer, it’s skinnier and it’s more natural that the Easter grass you remember. While it’s a bigger trend in America’s Sunbelt where the governments there are offering rebates and subsidies, it’s still tempting to think about an evergreen lawn with little maintenance for the next 20 years.

Synthetic Grass is Growing

Not literally, but the industry is starting to make a big splash in the landscaping market! While this might be one of those whacky trends that take a while to trickle up, we wouldn’t be surprised to see synthetic grass in more luxury real estate listings by 2020. In the last five years alone the business has grown by 35% with more and more homeowners making the switch, but what are the benefits?

Little to No Maintenance – You won’t have to mow or water the lawn on a regular basis; this translates into savings on utility costs, labour and more… but there is one downside: bacteria. If your synthetic lawn becomes infested you’ll have to water it once a month with a special solution that eats odor causing bacteria to get it back to normal. If your lawn gets a little matted down you can brush it with a broom and it’ll be as good as new.

Cost – While the initial cost can be quite a bit higher than the average lawn, it quickly returns on investment. Depending on the size of your lawn(s) you could be looking at prices anywhere from $3,000 up to $100,000. Cost per square foot will range from $10 to $20 including labour; without labour depending on the fibre weight you choose you’ll pay between $1.75 and $5.

Full Installs or Just in Specific Areas

Many people are playing with the textures and colours in a variety of ways. Placing them between path stones, adding a bit of green space in their driveways and even colourful decorative edging around pools where grass normally can’t grow. You’ll be amazed at what you can do with it.

If you’re thinking about installing your own putting green, your installer will probably suggest that you go with a lower weight (that way the grass isn’t fluffy and stays level); if you have pets make sure you let them know so they can install a system with better drainage.

It Lasts 15 to 20 Years

You can’t put a guarantee on nature, and in the coming years a synthetic lawn may just be the thing you need to get people to buy your luxury home for sale. The synthetic fibres are identical to the ones found in sports stadiums (except the weight, texture and size are different) and can stand up to just about anything you throw at them.

One of the most important cons about this kind of landscaping is that it gets HOT. If it’s 38c out expect your lawn to hit 40-42c.; we measure heat in the shade, not direct sunlight, so this may not be the best option if you want to spread out on the lawn on a hot summer day.

Are synthetic lawns the wave of the future? Are polypropylene lawns really the way to go? We can’t say we know for sure, but it never hurts to weigh your options and see what they have to offer. If you’re looking to buy or sell contact the Kosta Christina Team.

http://www.KostaChristinaTeam.com

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-courtesy of Mike McEwan

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