Artificial Grass Installation Franktown, CO
Franktown is small community built in an unincorporated area of Douglas County, Colorado. It has an average annual temperature of 50.5 °F and the warmest months lie between May and September. Moreover, the town receives an average of 16.56 inches of rain annually, which is well below the national average of 38.67 inches. These climatic conditions are not conducive to growing grass lawns. To solve this problem, Lawn Pros sells and installs a wide range of artificial synthetic grass products in Franktown, CO. Below is some more information on this topic.
What Is Synthetic Turf?
Synthetic grass consists of colored polyethylene/nylon/polypropylene fibers attached to a mat that allows water to pass through. In addition, most artificial turfs use expanded polypropylene rubber granule infill to support the attached synthetic grass blades. Since its invention in 1965, synthetic turf has evolved from plastic mats to turf products that closely resemble natural grass.
Advantages of Installing Artificial Synthetic Grass
1. Minimal maintenance
Synthetic turf is the right choice for people who may not have the time to tend to their natural grass lawns due to one reason or another. In other words, you do not have to water, fertilize, or trim artificial synthetic grass to keep it healthy and tidy. What’s more, figures from the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) show that a sports field covered with synthetic turf will require 375 hours of maintenance at a cost of roughly $6,000 annually. On the other hand, a sports field with natural grass surface will require anywhere between 250 and 700 hours of maintenance at a cost of $4,000 to $11,000 per year.
Artificial synthetic grass can withstand more intense stress over an extended period. In comparison, natural grass blades typically break when subjected to continuous stress. In some cases, entire grass patches can be worn down until the underlying soil surface is exposed.
3. Optimization for multiple usage scenarios
An artificial turf can be optimized to support different or multiple usage scenarios. This is because the artificial turf fibers can be altered to some extent without degrading the quality of the top surface.
4. Conserve water
Data from the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) shows that the average US household uses 320 gallons of water per day. Out of this, 30% is used outdoors to water lawns and gardens translating to approximately nine billion gallons of water daily. Sadly, this level of water usage is not sustainable because 50% of the water diverted for use outdoors is wasted due to inefficient watering systems and techniques. Thankfully, artificial synthetic grass would eliminate this problem because it does not require watering. Moreover, reducing your water usage by 30% would help conserve natural resources as well as save you some money.
Although there have been concerns about the chemical compounds present in synthetic grass, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission says scientific studies have shown that in-filled synthetic turf contains little or very low levels of lead that are not harmful to children. In addition, the CPSC says the presence of chemical compounds in artificial turf does not necessarily constitute a health risk.
6. Reduce environmental pollution
According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a riding mower emits as much pollution as 34 cars in one hour while a push mower emits as much pollution as 11 cars over the same period. Furthermore, figures from the Outdoor Power Equipment Institute show that Americans use an estimated 38 million lawn mowers to trim their lawns. Homeowners in Franktown, CO will be pleased to know that installing artificial turf helps conserve the environment because synthetic grass does not require trimming.
How Lawn Pros Install Artificial Grass
Preparing the base
Firstly, Lawn Pros landscapers will measure the size of the area that you would like to cover with synthetic turf grass. Then, the landscapers will prepare the base by removing any existing plant/grass cover and the top layer of soil as well. After this, the landscapers will use a vibrating plate compactor to level the ground and create a solid base for laying the synthetic turf.
After leveling the surface, the landscapers will lay a weed membrane on top of it. The membrane will prevent any plants that germinate under the turf from finding their way to the surface of the turf. When adding a new stretch of weed membrane, Lawn Pros landscapers usually overlay one membrane on top of the other by at least 100mm.
With the surface ready, Lawn Pros landscapers will lay the artificial turf on top of the weed membrane. At this stage, you may leave the artificial turf in place for at least one day to allow it to settle and for creases/wrinkles to straighten out or you may decide to complete the installation process.
Aligning and joining
This step involves moving the synthetic grass mats to align them properly, as well as cutting any turf pieces that extend beyond the area you intend to cover. When joining two turf mats together, Lawn Pros professionals usually peel the artificial grass back and lay a fiberglass backing tape underneath it. Then, they apply a layer of adhesive onto the tape and carefully re-lay the mats while taking care to avoid squeezing the adhesive until it reaches the artificial turf blades.
The newly laid turf is fixed firmly to the ground using 12-16 inch nails or robust ground pins. If the ground underneath your syn turf is too soft, Lawn Pros experts may insert treated timber into the ground and then drive nails through your artificial turf into the wooden planks to secure your artificial turf.
Adding infill and trimming
The final step involves adding the infill material and then trimming any long artificial grass blades to give your turf a uniform look. A spreader is usually used to distribute the infill material evenly. At this point, your artificial grass lawn would be ready for use.
Synthetic turf is relatively cheap to maintain, durable, can be optimized for multiple usage scenarios and helps to conserve water. The process of installing syn turf includes preparing the base, laying weed membrane, acclimatization, aligning and joining, securing, as well as adding infill material and trimming. Visit https://lawnpros.biz/ today to learn more about artificial synthetic grass.