Artificial grass is sweeping the world as the lawn of choice to have!
New Zealand is renowned for its unique natural wonders ranging from coral reefs to waterfalls, unique plants and animal species. But a new phenomenon has now swept the country – artificial grass!
Whilst it’s not the first thing you would expect Kiwis to want in their garden, it’s becoming increasingly popular to have artificial grass installers install the faux grass to relax and spend long, warm days and evenings in.
Artificial grass will never be as popular as real grass, as one resident in NZ found, but it does look more genuine than AstroTurf, the nylon surface that was invented for sports fields in 1965.
Why artificial grass is so popular
Once it’s installed, artificial lawns don’t require much maintenance as real grass does, as there’s no need to water or mow it. It’s possible to lay artificial grass yourself, but it’s a better idea to get the experts in. They will professionally install the artificial grass in a matter of hours, leaving you with a fuller looking and more natural lawn in no time.
How artificial grass is made
Artificial turf is a surface made from synthetic fibres which are made to look like natural grass. It was designed mostly to be used in arenas for sports that were normally played on grass, however it’s used more for residential lawns and commercial applications.
The grass is made from polyethylene, polypropylene and nylon, alongside colours and chemicals to give the grass its signature green shade. The grass is made from either one material or a combination of materials, depending on the type of lawn people are interested in buying, for example an all green and flush lawn, or a more natural looking fuller one.
How you look after artificial grass
Artificial grass doesn’t require any regular maintenance, but there are a few things to avoid doing on the surface.
Once the artificial grass has been laid, regularly sweep the grass to get rid of any organic debris, such as leaves and seeds. If leaves aren’t removed from the grass, they will compost and cause a growth in moss and weeds. Using a weed killer on the affected areas can help but it’s better to prevent it in the first place!
Avoid putting heavy items onto the grass, such as inflatable swimming pools, heavy plant pots and stones, as this will cause the grass fibres to flatten. If a heavy item has been placed on the surface, simply use a brush to brush the fibres back up again to make your lawn return to its original state.
How artificial grass performs in hot and cold temperatures
Wintery conditions, such as a heavy frost or snow, will not affect the grass. However, if snow is stamped into the grass and ice is beneath, it can damage the fibres underneath. Instead, just let snow and frost to melt and drain away.
The sun doesn’t damage the grass either. If you are using hot items such as BBQs and cigarettes, make sure they are not in direct contact with the grass as this can potentially cause the grass to melt.
If you are thinking about having artificial grass installed in your home, be sure to do your research into what type of artificial lawn would work best for you.