February 28, 2024

You may have noticed more synthetic lawns in the neighborhood and are open to the idea. Some artificial lawns look so good that they are mistaken for natural lawns. Others have an unnatural color, visible seams, a shiny appearance, and can have a flat or matted look. Here are some answers to the top questions we get when designing a perfect lawn.

Why does a synthetic lawn cost more than sod and seed?

The installation of a synthetic lawn initially costs more upfront. Both sod and seed are a relatively inexpensive landscaping option. The cost for a good-looking natural lawn comes in the form of regular watering, mowing, edging, fertilizing, aerating, and disposal of the clippings.

What are the top 3 reasons people want a synthetic lawn over a real lawn?

Parents want a good-looking, dry, and usable space for their children to play. Pet owners want a clean and mud-free area where pets can be left to run, play, and lounge in the comforts of their owner’s yard. Natural lawns require frequent and timely maintenance, as mentioned in the question above.

Can turf be installed directly on top of dirt?

Not recommended. Over time, the dirt will work its way up through the backing. Turf fibers will become surrounded by dirt and then become a hosting environment for hearty weeds and a muddy mess. A compacted base rock is the most commonly installed base material.

What makes for a bad looking synthetic lawn?

There are many factors that can affect the outcome of a synthetic lawn project. Poor quality turf, lack of material, inexperienced installers, not using the proper tools.

What makes for a great synthetic lawn?

Appears indigenous. Use of quality materials, the shape of the lawn, proper infill level, and the installer’s workmanship.

How to choose the turf right for your yard?

Turf has three characteristics.

  1. Blade height
  2. Color
  3. Density

Do you like a longer, lush lawn, or do you prefer a shorter lawn? Artificial grass today comes in multiple shades of green and may have jute (brown) fibers mixed in. The density of the turf will impact the cost of the turf. The more dense the turf, the more material is required to achieve the thick/full appearance. An additional element to turf selection is how the yard area will be enjoyed. For some households, school-aged children are home, and the yard is their place to hang out. A durable fiber to withstand years of fun is recommended in a case like this. The softer the blade, the faster the wear and tear becomes visible. Soft does not usually equate to durable when referencing synthetic turf material.

Does a synthetic lawn get hot when the sun beats down on it?

Yes, artificial turf can get hot. But at Southwest Greens, we have a solution. Using our modern HydroChill® cooling technology, we have taken on the summer heat in an intelligent and straightforward way. A basic add-on to the turf’s infill supplies a mean cooling range of 30-50 degrees and works automatically when wet by irrigation, rainfall, and dew.

Get your perfect lawn

The team at Southwest Greens Northern CA West is here to assist you with turf projects. Connect with us today for a free consultation to get the perfect solution for your needs.