If you’ve ever been out of your house lately, you’ve probably noticed how green and gorgeous your next door neighbor’s lawn is looking. Look again and you’ll probably notice with surprise that the blades are made of plastic. Yes, plastic that looks so real you can almost smell the grassy smell.
In many parts of suburbia and even in some parts of the world where the temperatures are hot and humid, artificial grass is becoming a trend that is quickly replacing the stuff that used to adorn your front lawns and concrete balconies. It is especially popular with those who can no longer afford to spend extensive gardening time, mow the lawns or even remember to water them due to hectic schedules or advancing years.
These days, these high-tech versions are just one of the things that turned out to be recession-proof, just like kit homes. Artificial grass manufacturers have in fact, been hard at work trying to recreate new blades in various colors and textures and extra padding that make for tush-friendly picnicking or lazing around. They are trying to recreate grass and then some, so if you’re tired of covering up gopher holes, watching rabbits nibble your lawn down to a nub or trying to stop your dog from digging up your front yard, faux grass may be your best option.
Artificial grass or turf used to be commonplace in some indoor or outdoor stadiums. The first known artificial turf was launched back in the 1960s at the Astrodome and was created by a man named David Chaney. Natural dirt and grass was initially used during the first play season but by the second season, due to the fact that the stadium didn’t let enough natural light in, the grass soon became quite difficult to play on so it was elected that artificial turf be used rather than keep painting the dead grass green.
While it worked excellently as far as bouncing balls and throwing them at other players are concerned, it also increased the incidences of injuries among the players because for one, it had a concrete base and didn’t have much to give as much as natural dirt and grass. But today’s artificial grass manufacturers have found a way to work around that by making them with rubber infill so that they mimicked the softness and padding of natural grass.
The latest reincarnations in fact, are made more porous for better drainage, with the base softened up with rubber chips or sand. You can opt for longer blades and darker colors and what’s more, your kids and your dogs can romp around all they want and won’t be able to tear the turf which in more natural situations would result in several bald patches and lots of dug-up holes.
These days, they are not only popular in sports arenas or playing fields but also with commercial establishments and residences, primarily because of its water-conserving abilities and reduced cost of maintenance. Never mind that they cost more to install than natural grass but the fact that the lifetime savings outweigh the initial costs makes it a popular choice. With artificial grass, your lawns won’t require seeding, fertilizing or trimming – ever. You break out the rake every so often just to untangle some matted patches and a broom to dust it over and voila! Looks good as new and just watered.
As for any health concerns, manufacturers have found a way around that too by way of using high quality materials that are lead-free so that they don’t emit fumes that can be harmful to you or your family if accidentally ingested. If you are still unsure about using artificial grass, you can always go online and do your own research to help you decide whether you want a perfect lawn or just keep working hard to get one.