Artificial grass has been around for a while, and the advancements that have been made in the last 15 years have significantly improved the field, so to speak. Once considered gauche, hard and unnatural, artificial grass is now aesthetically designed with safety and the environment in mind. It is used worldwide by many sports franchises and has proven useful in many homes and hotels as well.
How Does It Promote Safety?
Sports venues are amongst the greatest consumers of artificial grass, with franchises such as the NFL applying it to its playing fields, it’s only important that safety should be the foremost consideration in the design of artificial grass.
The biggest risk to player safety and to children’s safety is cranial impact. When artificial grass is used in parks and Football fields it greatly assists in shock attenuation. It is therefore important for artificial grass to be designed to disperse any impact. This is achieved by using one of the two industry-standard methods, infill and shock pads, or a combination of the two.
How Does it Help the Environment?
Water conservation is the most important environmental contribution from artificial grass. With recent weather extremes, many states have suffered from severe drought, forcing some to institute water rationing.
According to the Southern Nevada Water Authority, installing one square foot of artificial grass can save up to 55 gallons of water a year. Indeed, many states offer rebates and financial incentives for displacing natural grass with artificial grass. Not every state currently offers such, but if you are installing artificial grass in Fort Lauderdale, for example, it is worth checking.
Artificial grass also precludes the use of harmfully toxic pesticides and fertilizers. One of the most common sources of water pollution is over fertilizing and excessive use of pesticides, all of which are unnecessary with the use of artificial grass.
Not only that, but it also serves to reduce the use of gas-powered lawnmowers. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, lawnmowers comprise 5% of the air pollution in the U.S. Artificial grass installation on a large scale can therefore significantly reduce carbon emissions.
With significant advances in design and safety, artificial grass is fast becoming a popular choice for many people. Always consult a professional company for advice and installation when you are considering this very green option.
Frequently Asked Questions, Syntheticturfcouncil.org
Water Rebate Information, SYNLawn.com