Turf is a term used to refer to artificial grass, but you also may have heard it referred to as “Astroturf”, which was initially a popular brand of artificial grass. However, the term “Astroturf” is now a generic trademark that refers to any type of artificial grass. You may think that all artificial grass is created equally, but it turns out that turf has gone through many phases of improvement throughout its history. In this article we’ll discuss how far turf has come in it’s development over the years, in addition to its many different applications. We’ll also discuss the benefits of having turf and why installing it in your yard could be a huge improvement.
Turf first started to gain popularity in a wide arrange of applications in the 1960’s. People all across America began to take notice of turf and consider its possibilities when the Houston Astrodome became the first major sports stadium to use turf instead of real grass. Since then ,turf has gone through two subsequent revitalizations, referred to as second and third generation turf systems. The most widely used turf systems are the third generation turf systems, which are made of higher quality material than their predecessors. Third generation systems have significantly less maintenance associated with them as compared to their predecessors, and their production is much more environmentally friendly due to the use of recycled materials in the turf itself. Third generation turf systems are highly resistant to breakdown from UV radiation, and they are designed to be much more resistant to wear and tear, and is much more similar to real grass than first and second generation systems.
Benefits of Turf
There is a huge number of reasons why turf is a much better option for your yard than real grass. Before we get into the numerous benefits of turf consider the fact that with today’s newest generation of turf, it is extremely difficult to tell that this type of grass is artificial until you are right on top of it. Turf makes your yard look like it has the quintessential perfect green lawn, yet requires none of the hard work and variable weather conditions that are necessary when it comes to having real grass.
The first, most obvious benefit of turf is that it allows you to have that American green lawn look for your yard even if you live in a location where grass can’t naturally grow on its own. The second most important benefit of turf is that it decreases your water usage by an incredibly huge amount, and completely eliminates the need to water your yard or have any kind of sprinkler system. Not only is this great for the environment if you live in an area that deals with frequent droughts, but it also means you’ll save an enormous amount of money on water bills. Unlike real grass, turf can’t grow out of control nor can it die, and as a result, it requires extremely little to no upkeep at all, meaning you’ll never have to water or mow the lawn again. Another benefit that turf has over real grass is that there are none of the allergic sensitivities that are associated with real grass.
The other ways that turf is superior to grass are centered around the propensity for real grass to create messes that get tracked into your home. For starters, kids playing on the lawn aren’t going to get those green stains on their clothes from playing on turf. Additionally, there is no dirt associated with turf, and therefore there is no way for people or pets alike to track mud into the house on a rainy day after walking across the lawn.
The last benefit associated with turf is it’s cheap installation costs. Most third generation turf systems cost anywhere from $8-$10 per square feet, with the average price for a good quality turf system costing $8.50 per square feet. The entire cost of the installation process includes the excavation of your existing lawn, the cost of the turf material, and the installment of the turf system itself. While real grass lawn installation costs are a bit cheaper, when you consider how much time and money you’ll save on water and upkeep of your lawn, turf wins in terms of being less expensive in the long run.
With all the benefits associated with turf, and with its similarity to real grass being closer than ever, there aren’t many good reasons left for maintaining a lawn made out of real grass. Do yourself a favor and save yourself the time and money you’re spending on the maintenance of your lawn and get in touch with us today to have our professionals come out and install turf in your yard. We offer free estimates on all of our work. We’re looking forward to hearing from you!