Think synthetic grass is used only on football fields and miniature golf courses?
Well, think again because synthetic (read: plastic) grass is becoming more popular among homeowners and city planners in the U.S., in large part for its ease of maintenance and environmental benefits. In fact, the Association of Synthetic Grass Installers reports that the sales of synthetic grass is growing by an astounding 20% annually.
Modern synthetic grass and lawns are nothing like the flat carpeting of yesteryear. Today’s lawns are cushioned by sand or rubber chips made of recycled tires to allow easy drainage. The individual blades of grass are made from plastics such as polyethylene, polypropylene and nylon that mimic the soft but sturdy texture of natural grass.
Homeowners can purchase the grass in a variety of lengths and colors to blend into surroundings. Synthetic grass obviously creates a much more carefree lawn – there’s no seeding, sodding, fertilizing, crabgrass treating, dandelion pulling, grub killing, watering or mowing. Simply hose it down when dirty, and take a rake to the blades to fluff them if needed.
With these maintenance and environmental benefits, it’s no wonder that leaders in drought-plagued cities like Irvine, CA, are encouraging consumers to consider synthetic grass.
And these lawns can last up to ten years! While initially more expensive than turf, synthetic lawns can save homeowners money in maintenance costs (never mow your lawn again!). After your lawn has reached the end of its life, many manufacturers will take back the plastic turf to be recycled into new plastic products such as composite lumber.