Artificial Grass Benefits: Enjoy A Perfect Lawn Year-Round
Picture this with me.
It’s 3 p.m., and you finally put down the garden tools—the work is done.
You take a step back to admire your handiwork.
You are hot and sweaty, but the lawn looks perfect.
You missed a lot today because of your yard, though.
You had to tell your kids you couldn’t play ball.
You had to skip a Saturday morning brunch date with your partner, and an old friend’s call went straight to voicemail.
— OR —
It’s 3 p.m., and you are enjoying the late afternoon with an ice cold sweet tea on your patio.
Your yard looks perfect—and you didn’t have to lift a finger for it.
You taught your kids how to throw a curveball.
You took your partner out for a Saturday brunch date, and you caught up with an old friend on the phone.
With artificial grass, the second scenario can play out at your house every weekend.
It’s time for you to stop mowing, start living, and love your lawn!
The advantages of artificial grass are numerous and far-reaching, from giving you more time for your family to reducing your impact on the environment.
In this article, we’ll explore the benefits of fake grass vs. real grass and explain why you should consider installing artificial grass.
What are the Benefits of Artificial Grass?
Artificial grass is the puzzle piece you didn’t know your home was missing.
All those lost hours doing yard work will be a thing of the past, and you’ll have more free time to spend enjoying your yard with your family and friends.
Trying to keep awkward breezeways manicured will never stress you out on a Saturday again.
Muddy pets won’t come barrelling into your house tracking mud all over your floors and furniture.
Since artificial turf ALWAYS looks its best, you can focus on living your best.
Contrary to common artificial grass myths & misconceptions, the fibers do not fade in the sun and hold up well—even in heavy traffic from dogs and kids.
And all of our artificial turf products are covered by a 1-year installation warranty and a manufacturer’s warranty that ranges from 8-20 years.
With artificial grass, you really can have your cake and eat it too!
1. Low Maintenance
Weekends are for relaxing and recreation, not mowing and weed-eating.
The average American spends 70 hours a year mowing their lawn—that’s almost three full days!
Add in the time spent weeding, fertilizing, and watering, and your lawn is practically a second job.
By installing artificial turf, you can reclaim the long hours you used to spend in the hot Texas sun breaking your back to create a picture-perfect lawn.
Artificial turf maintenance is practically non-existent.
A quick weekly rinse with the hose to remove dust and a quick fluff with a rake in high traffic areas is enough to keep your lawn looking green and beautiful all year round.
Eliminate the long list of yard work chores and spend the weekend doing what you WANT to do.
Approximately 67% of Americans have a pet dog as a part of the family.
Absolutely 0% of dog owners love cleaning muddy paws after a rainstorm or seeing brown urine spots in their yard.
Our fake grass for dogs is equipped with our industry-leading DUAL FLOW backing system, which drains away water quickly.
The backing on our pet-safe artificial turf is fully permeable, so there won’t be any standing water left after a rainstorm.
Thanks to our time-tested turf base layering process, once the liquid drains through, the mud and dirt stay under the artificial turf, leaving your yard dry and mud-free so your four-legged friends can frolic without the mess.
An artificial lawn means you never have to chase a muddy dog through the house again!
(We can’t make any promises for wet dogs, though. You’re on your own with that one.)
The DUAL FLOW backing artificial turf drainage system makes our turf well adapted to draining all liquids—pet urine included.
Artificial grass does not suffer from dead spots due to pet urine or holes from digging.
The urine will drain just like water, leaving no mess behind.
Solid waste sits on the top of the grass blades for easy clean up.
In addition, our DUAL FLOW backing comes infused with Microbe-Safe™ antimicrobial additive, so you never have to worry about the smell or germs from pet waste.
3. Looks Perfect Year-Round
No matter what curveballs Texas’s weather throws at you, your artificial grass will never fade, discolor, or die.
For 365 days a year, you will have a perfectly green, perfectly manicured, perfectly perfect lawn to complete your home.
Synthetic grass will help to improve curb appeal and increase the value of your home.
Keeping your artificial turf yard clean is easy as 1-2-3!
- Clear off solid debris with a rake, broom, or leaf blower.
- Spray your turf with the hose to wash off liquid debris.
- Use a Grandi Groom to brush your turf and keep the fibers from becoming matted.
4. Safe for Children
Dogs aren’t the only ones that can track muddy footprints into the house; the kiddos can get just as dirty.
By locking down muck and mud, artificial grass keeps kids tidier than a traditional lawn.
And unlike natural grass, artificial grass doesn’t leave stains on clothes.
Kids can safely run, jump, fall, roll, or slide around on an artificial grass lawn without the worry of ruining their clothes.
Artificial turf provides an even surface for kids to play on, preventing injuries from falls.
The Microbe-Safe™ Antimicrobial backing also prevents the buildup of harmful bacteria that can endanger kids’ health.
Synthetic grass is made of non-toxic materials, so it doesn’t pose the health risk to kids that a chemically-treated lawn does.
5. Eliminates Fertilizers & Pesticides
To create a beautiful, pest-free traditional lawn, you have to use a smorgasbord of chemicals, fertilizers, and pesticides.
Some of those chemicals inevitably make their way into groundwater or waterways as runoff, which has far-reaching environmental effects.
Lawn chemicals can cause excessive weed growth in rivers and lakes or poison fish and other wildlife.
These chemicals can also be a danger to pets and children, if ingested.
Artificial grass requires no fertilizers or pesticides, creating a safer lawn for your kids, pets, and the environment.
6. Long-Lasting & Durable
Once it is installed, you don’t need to worry about annoying upkeep for your artificial lawn.
The materials used in the manufacturing of synthetic grass are extremely durable and can withstand heavy foot traffic, extreme weather, and pretty much anything you can throw at it.
The life expectancy of an artificial grass lawn is upwards of 20—25 years.
With the occasional spray-down and fluff with the rake, your synthetic lawn will last a long time.
7. Eliminates Weeds
Weeds are a constant, widespread menace in natural lawns.
Luckily, weeds cannot grow as successfully in artificial turf lawns thanks to the weed barrier that is integrated as a part of the base.
This provides a layer of protection between the dirt and the rock base layer, inhibiting weed growth.
You may eventually have one or two industrious weeds poke through the turf, but they will not occur frequently enough to be anything besides a slight nuisance.
8. Saves Water
Watch your summer water bill plummet once your synthetic lawn is installed.
You’ll save quite a bit of money each year because you won’t have to water your grass.
The EPA estimates that an average of 9 billion gallons of water are used on residential lawns daily in America—that’s an average of 27 gallons of water per person, per day.
Around 50% of this water is wasted due to overwatering that results from inefficient irrigation methods.
This means in the US alone, 1.65 trillion (that’s trillion with a T) gallons of drinkable water is wasted each year.
Your artificial turf doesn’t require daily watering to look lush and green all year round.
Artificial grass eliminates the need for watering, saving both money and the environment in the process.
9. Inhibits Bugs & Insects
Say goodbye to pesky insects in your yard when you install artificial turf.
Your yard will lock down dirt and other organic materials that bugs live in and eat, considerably reducing the number of pests.
Sadly, artificial turf will not deter all bugs.
For example, mosquitos breed in standing water, so while your lawn will drain away rainwater, standing water in other areas can still give them a prime breeding ground.
Fleas also will not be deterred by artificial turf.
That said, burrowing insects like fire ants and grubs will become a thing of the past.
10. Drought Resistant
Drought-resistant landscaping is essential in Texas.
But if you’re not ready to give up the idea of a plush, green lawn in exchange for a xeriscape of gravel and cactus, artificial grass is a fantastic solution.
If you’ve lived in the Lone Star State for any length of time, you know keeping a natural grass lawn green year-round can be extremely difficult.
The extreme fluctuations in temperature and weeks or months without rainfall make natural grass expensive in time, effort, and water.
Because artificial grass doesn’t require water to maintain its vibrant color, it’s the perfect alternative to a natural grass lawn in drought-prone areas, like West Texas and the Panhandle.
With synthetic turf, summer water restrictions will no longer have any bearing on the beauty of your yard.
Yes, there is a hefty initial cost to installing artificial grass.
However, with the cost savings over the life of the lawn, you will ultimately come out ahead.
For this reason, artificial grass should be thought of as a long-term investment.
On average, a homeowner can expect to pay between $6.00 — $20.00 per square foot for artificial grass.
The return on your investment in artificial grass comes in reduced water, fertilizer, and maintenance costs.
Since the life of synthetic turf is 20—25 years, you will only pay for your lawn once, rather than every month of every summer until forever.
For a better understanding about the projected costs of your installation, visit our artificial grass cost calculator.
12. No Allergens
Texas is a notorious spot for seasonal allergies, and grass pollen is one of the biggest culprits; it affects 90% of hayfever sufferers.
If you suffer from allergies, swapping out your natural grass for artificial turf may help ease your symptoms.
Artificial grass eliminates allergens like grass pollen.
Any pollen that makes its way over from your neighbor’s lawn can be easily removed with a quick spray of the hose.
13. Eliminates Expensive Lawn Care Equipment
Maintaining your traditional grass lawn costs not only money, but time and space too.
You not only have to buy expensive equipment like a lawnmower, weed whacker, edger, seed spreader, etc., but you also have to fuel, service, and store all that equipment.
Eliminating gas-powered equipment frees up garage space and the headache of maintenance.
It also reduces your carbon emissions, which for lawnmowers is extremely high.
Using a gas-powered lawn mower for 1 hour emits the same amount of carbon dioxide as 11 cars!
By opting for an artificial lawn, you ditch the lawn maintenance costs in money and pollution, and you can have your garage back!
Artificial grass is incredibly versatile.
It not only makes for a great replacement for natural grass, but it can be used just about anywhere you can think of around or inside your home, including many spaces that aren’t practical for natural grass.
The most common residential turf applications are as follows:
- As a ground cover in a dog run or pet area
- On swimming pool decks or pool surrounds
- As a carpet indoors
- On walls
- On roofs, decks, & patios
- As a ground cover for playgrounds & children’s play areas
- For indoor & outdoor putting greens
- For exercise & fitness areas
- And more…
The sky’s the limit!
If it’s a hard, flat surface, you can probably put artificial grass on it.
If you’re considering artificial grass for your business, check out our post about the 12 most common commercial artificial turf applications.
Final Thoughts on Artificial Grass Benefits
Having a synthetic lawn gives you all of the benefits of lush, green grass year round with almost none of the drawbacks.
After the initial installation, your artificial lawn will save you money, time, and effort for years to come.
Stop wasting your weekends behind a lawnmower and start spending them enjoying your outdoor space with those you love.
If you’ve thought about getting artificial grass for your lawn but you want to ask your questions to a real, live person, give us a call.
Our turf design & installation experts can answer all your turf-related questions and give you a free estimate for your project.
Call us today for the best quality and selection of artificial grass in Texas!
Author: Tim Taylor
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