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How Does Synthetic Turf Feel Like The Real Thing?


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Synthetic turf is designed with the idea that you can have all of the advantages of natural grass without all the disadvantages. So, artificial grass is manufactured to always look good, be durable over a decade, and yet not have all the muss and fuss of upkeep.

Synthetic turf for home properties isn’t the same kind you’ve always seen in sports arenas and athletic centers. That artificial grass is short and has a good bit of padding. That suits the purposes of increasing speed and providing cushion for athletes.

Home property owners don’t need speed or heavy cushion. Instead, they look for good looks and a natural feel. Homeowners want their families to enjoy their yards and their children to be able to freely play without bug bites and grass stains. Synthetic turf accomplishes all of that.

The Feel of Artificial Grass

Synthetic turf feels great on the feet. The infill has a lot to do with that. There are several types of infill that add a cushion. Some infills also prevent bacteria from spreading because they have a microbial coating that stops it in its tracks. This is incredibly helpful if you have pets that use the bathroom outside or children who routinely roll around in the yard or play close to the ground.

A natural yard has a natural cushion for impact. Dirt has a lot of movement from things like earthworms and other insects as wells as roots. That keeps it soft and pliable because the movement keeps it from getting hard. Synthetic turf seeks to emulate that with the infill. Infill also keeps the blades from becoming trampled under feet because they help keep the blades standing straight.

The Look of Artificial Grass

Synthetic turf is made to look both natural and perfect at the same time. First, it is produced to be the perfect length to have the most comfort to the touch than natural grass. It’s proven the best length for grass to offer the most natural comfort is between 2 1/2 and 3 inches. That is the length of synthetic grass products.

While natural grass must be cut regularly to maintain that exact length, artificial grass requires no cutting. In fact, it requires little maintenance at all. Of course, the real savings are in water because synthetic turf doesn’t need to be watered. However, it also doesn’t need things like pesticides, fertilizer, or other chemicals to continue to look good.

The two things that artificial grass does require is an occasional spray down with a hose, particularly if there is a stain or pet urination. The second thing it will need is to brush it sometimes to make blades that are trampled stand straight again.

Removing Troubling Areas

One problem with natural grass is the property has natural problem areas. It could have muddy spots or areas that collect water. That could make it slippery or a breeding ground for mosquitoes.

When you have synthetic grass installed, the installation crew will level out this area when they grade the property. This removes all the dips and valleys that create water collection issues. Having a level yard makes the entire space more comfortable and easy to walk or play in. So you just feel more at home in your yard.

Those considering an option to a high-maintenance natural grass yard should look to synthetic turf. It consistently looks and feels good and can be used in a variety of ways to improve the overall appearance of your yard.