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Artificial Turf: The Ultimate Guide for Home & Business

June 1, 2024    By:  diib-seo

Does your lawn demand constant attention? Do you dream of a perfect green space with minimal effort? Artificial turf could be your answer. This landscaping solution is completely unlike traditional lawns. You won’t have to spend long hours mowing, watering, or fertilising your lawn. With its low maintenance and eco-friendly benefits, artificial turf is perfect for busy Aucklanders.

What Is Artificial Turf?

Artificial turf, or synthetic grass, is a landscaping product that mimics natural grass. It consists of durable synthetic fibres tufted into a backing material. These fibres come in various lengths, textures, and colours for customization.

Auckland homeowners and businesses can choose from two main categories:

Residential Artificial Turf

Residential synthetic grass is low maintenance. It’s soft and comfortable. High-quality, UV-resistant materials make it durable enough to withstand children and pets. Homeowners can choose from different pile heights: shorter for high-traffic areas and longer for a luxurious feel.

This type of turf also has a perforated backing for water drainage. It keeps the surface clean, dry, and puddle-free. Our residential artificial turf is made with polyurethane backing and polyethylene in the main material itself. These materials, combined, create a synthetic, artificial grass that looks and feels just like the real thing.

Commercial Artificial Turf

This artificial grass is made to withstand heavy foot traffic in areas like sports fields, playgrounds, and walkways. Even stronger materials ensure durability and resilience for constant use.

Commercial turf also offers various pile heights and densities. Shorter, denser piles suit high-impact activities, while longer piles enhance aesthetics. It often includes performance features like enhanced drainage, anti-microbial properties, and shock absorption for sports fields.

Benefits of Artificial Turf Over Traditional Grass

Traditional lawns require ongoing maintenance, all adding to yearly costs and wasted time. With artificial turf, you won’t have to do this. While the initial investment is higher, long-term savings make it a compelling option for busy Aucklanders seeking a beautiful, low-maintenance outdoor space that they can enjoy year round.

Save Money

Artificial turf reduces water consumption because your lawn won’t need regular watering. Synthetic grass also saves you time and money by freeing you from mowing and lawn maintenance. Plus, there’s no need to purchase expensive fertilisers or weed control products, saving you additional money while protecting the environment.

Environmental Benefits

Artificial turf supports Auckland’s commitment to sustainability. It helps in water conservation, especially during dry periods, because you eliminate regular watering. Artificial turf also minimises pollution. You don’t need fertilisers and weed control products, which often end up in waterways and harm Auckland’s ecosystems.

Additionally, your artificial grass will be perfect with the help of our installation team. It will even drain efficiently, like real grass, because they’ll add just a little bit of sand during the final touches to give it a natural look and feel. The sand also helps with drainage.

Enjoy a Lush Lawn All Year 

Artificial turf stays green and vibrant throughout the year. Natural grass turns brown in winter or struggles during droughts. This means you have a beautiful outdoor space to enjoy every season, no matter the weather.

Perfect for Busy Lifestyles

Synthetic grass means you no longer spend weekends mowing or caring for your lawn. Busy Aucklanders can reclaim their time. They can relax, entertain guests, or enjoy a perfectly manicured lawn with minimal effort.

Ideal for Pets and Play Areas

Artificial turf provides a safe and clean play surface for children. It doesn’t have the mud, insects, or allergens found in natural grass, so it offers a healthier environment. Artificial grass is also pet-friendly. It’s easy to clean and doesn’t get muddy or develop brown spots from pet waste. You can rinse it for a hygienic outdoor space.

Frequently Asked Questions About Artificial Grass

Even with all its benefits, many homeowners and businesses still have questions about artificial turf. Here are answers to some of the most common concerns:

Is Artificial Turf Safe for Kids and Pets?

Modern artificial turf uses non-toxic materials. It poses no risk to children or pets. Reputable manufacturers test their products rigorously and ensure that harmful chemicals are eliminated through the production process.

Additionally, synthetic grass provides an even, clean surface. This reduces the risk of trips and falls compared to uneven natural lawns. Polyethylene and polyurethane are used in the backing material and the artificial grass itself. These substances are among the safest of all plastic materials.

Does Artificial Turf Get Hot in Summer?

Like any surface, artificial turf can become warmer than natural grass under direct sunlight. However, it cools down quickly in the shade or with a quick rinse from the hose. Some high-quality turf products also have cooling technology for added comfort.

Does Artificial Grass Drain Well?

Artificial grass has perforations in the backing so water can pass through. Proper installation also includes a drainage base. This prevents water from building up and ensures your turf dries quickly after rain.

How Easy is Artificial Grass Maintenance?

Artificial turf maintenance is incredibly easy. You usually only need to rake or blow off leaves and debris weekly. Rinse the turf occasionally with a hose to remove dust and pet waste, and prevent any buildup. For high-traffic areas, a power broom can refresh the fibres.

Can I Install Artificial Turf Myself, or Should I Hire a Professional?

While you can attempt DIY installation, it’s still better to hire a professional installer. Experienced installers ensure correct ground preparation, seamless joins, and proper drainage. This prevents future problems. They also have product knowledge and guide you in selecting the best turf for your lawn. If you are installing the artificial turf on your own, here are some key points:

  • You’ll have to remove 100mm of soil.
  • You’ll have to secure some timber edging.
  • You’ll have to lay geotextile cloth and use GAP20 to create a solid base and use GAP/7 to contour the top surface.
  • There are some additional efforts that will involve laying the grass, stapling edges, glueing the seams, and brushing the turf to give it the final touches.
  • To get the grass to drain efficiently, you’ll need to sprinkle some sand. The sand will also help it stand upright and enhance the natural appearance.

How Long Does Artificial Turf Last?

High-quality artificial turf can last for 15-25 years. Proper care and maintenance play a role in lifespan. Factors like usage frequency, foot traffic, and sun exposure also influence how long it lasts. Don’t worry. Most reputable manufacturers offer warranties on their products.

What Do I Do When My Artificial Grass Needs Cleaning?

Cleaning your artificial grass is super easy. You just need to clean it periodically with a hose or sprinkler, use a leaf blower to remove debris, and use a mild detergent/warm water solution and soft-bristled brush to clean stains promptly.

Install Artificial Turf for the Ultimate Low-Maintenance Lawn

If you’re tired of struggling with a demanding lawn, artificial turf is the answer. You’ll save time and money, and you’ll help Auckland’s sustainability efforts. Synthetic grass stays beautiful year-round, needs minimal care, and provides a safe play area. It’s the ideal upgrade for busy homeowners, businesses, and anyone who wants a gorgeous outdoor space without the hard work.

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