Artificial grass has come a long way in the past few years. If you haven’t been researching newly available products in this field, then you probably aren’t completely up-to-date on the improvements that have been made. Homeowners all over the world are now choosing to “fake it”, and with very good reason.
One of the biggest advantages that newer artificial grass products afford is an impressive lifespan, as compared to those of an older iteration. “A decade ago, no gardener worth their salt would admit to having an artificial lawn. Fake grass was stiff, ugly and an utterly unconvincing substitute for the real thing…The first generation of artificial grass was made of basic quality plastic, became waterlogged and lost its vibrant colour after a few years.” – DailyMail These days, artificial turf installations often come with a 10-year product warranty. However, most industry professionals gage the expected lifespan to be around 20 to 25 years, at least. Two main factors dictate approximately how long an artificial lawn will last:
- Wear and tear – Your lawn is subject to constant damage How much and what kind of wear and tear it receives will impact its lifespan significantly.
- Maintenance – While it is true that artificial grass requires practically no maintenance whatsoever, there are things you can do to extend the life of your lawn after it’s installed.
Homeowners considering artificial grass for their property, particularly those with pets, should have a deep understanding of wear and tear and proper maintenance techniques.
How wear and tear will affect the lifespan of your artificial grass.
Artificial grass is virtually unaffected by the elements. It has been installed in climates all over the globe, and subject to everything from freezing temperatures and heavy snow to triple digit heat and endless days of direct sunlight with barely noticeable effect.A high volume of foot traffic is more likely to cause individual blades to gradually switch position, rather than any deterioration or fraying. So what exactly will hurt your artificial lawn?An extremely high volume of activity near the seams may possibly result in noticeable separation, and pet waste could cause discoloration of artificial grass. Still, these and any other issues can be resolved with the only a minimal amount of maintenance.
Artificial grass requires very little maintenance.
Just a few easy steps will extend the life of your artificial lawn for years to come.
- Raking the infill lightly will dislodge compacted areas, adding height to the grass and helping to hold up the blades, for a more natural look.
- Rinsing areas where pets relieve themselves will eliminate odors and prevent discoloration.
- Minor repairs are easily accomplished. Stains can even be painted over, while landscape professionals can fix seams or replace small sections where rips and tears might have occurred.
Using this information, you should be able to enjoy your artificial lawn for at least 20 to 25 years. That also means two decades or more in which you can:
- Save time, money and effort on lawn care.
- Benefit the environment with water conservation, decreased pesticide use and gas pollution.
Homeowners who love the idea of a great yard, but don’t want to deal with the constant upkeep, can now look forward to many years of carefree outdoor pleasure. Those who are curious about the installation process should should check out Purchase Green’s Free DIY Installation Guide.