Although the introductory cost of installing a natural lawn is less than half of a synthetic lawn's initial cost, a customer can potentially realize a return on investment in about 2.5 years. For a typical 1,200 square foot natural grass lawn, the installation will cost about $2.50 per square foot. With an irrigation system, the cost can add up to $4,500. A standard 1,200 square foot synthetic grass lawn can cost about $8.00 per square foot and requires an initial investment of about $10,800. Natural grass lawn maintenance, which includes irrigation, fertilization, chemicals, irrigation and repairs, costs approximately $2,268. A synthetic lawn requires no water or maintenance, so with an occasional power brush cleaning to fluff the blades, the annual cost is around $175. After 12 years, the total investment on natural grass will have almost tripled that of artificial turf.
While there is no maintenance required, an annual refurbishment and regular debris removal are recommended. Here are a few guidelines for cleaning your synthetic grass landscape:
Yes! Throughout recent years, synthetic grass has been utilized as an common alternative to natural grass. Not only does synthetic grass stay green all year long, but it also aids in multiple aspects of environmental conservation.
1. Water Conservation: Within the past few years, many states across the nation and world suffer from extreme drought and water rationing is unfortunately becoming commonplace. According to the Southern Nevada Water Authority, one square foot of synthetic grass can save up to 55 gallons of water in one year.
2. Pesticides: They may rid your plants and grass of annoying bugs, weeds and other overgrowth, but pesticide chemicals have proven harmful side-effects that not only hide in your lawn but eventually seep into your local water table. According to the Cancer Research Center-UK, studies suggest pesticides could be linked to cancers such as leukemia, brain tumors, breast and prostate cancer.
3. Carbon Emissions: Gas-powered gardening equipment like lawnmowers represents five percent of air pollution in the U.S., according to the Environmental Protection Agency. A synthetic lawn requires minimal upkeep with gas-powered gardening equipment and therefore would eliminate the need for these items. A synthetic lawn not only benefits the end user, it has multiple environmental advantages. By eliminating water and chemical waste as well as reducing carbon emissions, artificial turf can be the solution to many on-going environmental problems
The artificial turf itself is made of completely harmless plastics (polyethylene, polypropylene, and / or nylon) used by humans everyday. The stories many have heard about certain health and environmental risks are associated with a certain lead containing infill called crumb rubber which is made from ground tires. This product is brushed into the fibers after installation to soften the surface for use in playgrounds and sports fields. We have always chosen to use a completely different method of creating a soft safety surface which involves the use of a recycled open cell foam pad under the turf. We then use clean washed silica sand for the infill. This system creates a soft clean safety surface meeting all requirements for government and industry standards without the potentially harmful particulates.
While there is no determining the exact life span of any particular installation, intense weather and extreme condition testing has shown the product to last 15 years or more. If installed correctly, the only degradation that will occur over time (after 10-15 years) would be a slight and often unnoticeable decrease in pigment and a gradual decrease in the integrity of the fibers themselves. The real world results of this would be a gradual change in the aesthetics. The product carries a warranty of 15 years against any defects in manufacturing or workmanship, as well as any premature degradation.. Projects we installed over 10 years ago are showing no major signs of breakdown or loss of color.
All artificial turf products are permeable. We use an environmentally engineered backing system called Duraflo which has twice the permeability of conventional urethane backings. The fully permeable fiber backing drains three inches of water per hour, and if installed correctly with our permeable open cell foam pad, standing water will never occur. Artificial turf dries much quicker than natural grass, so even after a heavy rain it will be dry and ready for play within minutes.