Okay, that’s just a fun word, Frass. Fake grass – or artificial turf – has a multitude of benefits to the homeowner, most notably the reduction in water and maintenance that’s required to keep your lawn looking gorgeous and healthy compared to real grass. Maybe you’ve already installed your artificial lawn or you’re on the fence about it. Either way, knowledge is an excellent tool to keep in your back pocket. So hop on this magic school bus and let’s explore the world of artificial turf.
Where Do People Use It?
Pretty much anywhere. Artificial turf is taking over the professional football field (all the pun intended) with roughly 44% of NFL teams housing artificial turf on their turf, and that number continues to grow. It’s no longer made with rough nylon material, but a very soft, anti-microbial synthetic plastic that is sometimes even more comfortable than grass. And hey, it doesn’t stain uniforms.
The Brits are having a blast putting synthetic grass in their residential homes. A whopping 25% of british homes have made the switch to artificial turf. I guess having less sunshine than the sunshine state means having a bright, vibrant yard is more appealing and helps boost the mood.
It’s A Lot Like Carpet
Actually, it’s basically an outdoor carpet. When it comes to shopping for the right type of turf, there are options that deal with the types of fibers and pile of the blades – which is also a carpet term for how high or low to the base the fiber is. In fact, most artificial turf is made in the same factories as carpets. And like carpet helps dampen sound inside a room, artificial grass absorbs the sounds of traffic and people walking down your street. In fact, if you feel like sound-proofing your room, but also keeping it nice and energized, turf your walls with it!
Careful With The Heavy Loads
If you plan on placing anything on your turf, such as a jungle gym/play structure, you’ll need to take extra precautions during installation that the sub-ground is capable of bearing heavy loads, or your turf is laid over concrete or decking. But never place a hot tub on artificial turf. Hot tubs aren’t supposed to be on real grass due to the damage it can deal to the hot tub including its susceptibility to insects and moisture. Hot tubs always rest on a hard surface. But for other heavy object, if the ground beneath the turf wasn’t meant to bear heavy loads, your structure will sink and can damage the turf.
Artificial turf is naturally flame retardant. Since it’s made from a synthetic material (most commonly polyethylene) when exposed to fire and extreme weather conditions, the frass merely melts but does not catch flame. If you live in an area that is prone to wildfires, artificial turf could be the best decision you make in protecting your home and neighborhood. So hip hip hooray for Frass!