7 Tips on Choosing Artificial Grass for Your Lawn
Artificial grass is an eco-friendly and best suited option as it doesn’t need to be mowed, watered or fertilized. Fabricated from synthetic, man-made fibers; Artificial grass mimics the look of real grass. The blades of this artificial grass are green and come in different pile heights. While choosing artificial grass for your lawn, consider these following tips to get a best suited look for your lawn.
1. Traffic :
The main and foremost thing to consider while choosing Artificial grass is to determine the amount of footwork the area will receive where you want to lay down your Artificial grass. For homes with kids or pets who love playing outside, pick an Artificial turf that is high in durability. If you choose an artificial turf which is less durable, it won’t be able to withstand the heavy traffic hence will wear out rather quickly. Just note that picking out a turf with high durability can make you compromise on the comfort, but quality turfs have a non-abrasive and soft texture nevertheless.
2. Quality :
A high quality artificial grass, such as Polypropylene turf, Polyamide or Polyethylene turfs, has a soft feel and touch. The turfs with high quality have an even backing which has well-stitched tufts and constant color scheme. High quality artificial grass can be a bit expensive, but since it’s a long-term investment it is worth every penny. When choosing artificial turf, make a list of range of product from a manufacturer or supplier and compare each turf to see which appeal to you the most.
3. Pile Height :
The length of the grass blades from above the backing to the tip is what a “pile-height” refers to. If you want a lush lawn, choose a turf which has a high pile height to make your lawn feel lusher. Although having long grass blades can cause them to bend over themselves due to the heavy weight and the gravitational pull, causing your lawn to look flat as the time flies by. The ideal pile height is 30-37mm, which helps in keeping your lawn look natural. If you wish to place some furniture or décor items in your lawn, make sure to go for a shorter pile height for better sustainability option.
4. Density and Weight :
The measurement of the amount of yarn or fiber per square unit on the artificial turf is known as Turf Density. A turf with high density will have more fiber content and hence can cost more. Along with providing ample of aesthetic appeal to the lawn, a dense turf provides more durability in high traffic areas. If choosing a turf with high density is not an option for you, the density can be improved by sand infill. A turf with high density and tall pile height can be moderately heavy. Although the weight of the turf isn’t something which is taken into consideration while buying a turf, but if you’re planning to place your turf on balcony or roof, make sure to consider the load limit.
5. Infill and Backing :
The purpose of having an infill is to make your artificial grass look plush and dense. It also keeps your artificial turf springy. The most popular infill materials are Rubber crumb and sand, which you can choose according to your budget or preference. The backing of artificial turf is either comprised of Polyurethane or latex. Polyurethane doesn’t expand or contract while Latex shrinks and expands up to 5-10mm. If you experience extreme weather conditions, Polyurethane will be a best choice for you.
6. Color :
There are various shades in which artificial turf is available, such as- lime green, olive green, dark green and more. While choosing an artificial turf, stay away which looks perfectly green, choose an imperfect green shade and go for a turf that has distinct shades of green with some brown flecks in between.
7. Maintenance :
Although artificial turf doesn’t require as much maintenance as the natural grass, but maintaining your artificial grass will increase its longevity and keep its appearance fresh for years to come.