Maintaining a healthy covering of natural grass is a challenge in our Australian environment. Commercial areas and public venues such as apartment complexes, shopping malls, retirement villages, restaurants, sports stadiums, swimming pools, school playgrounds, tennis courts etc. are unable to manage a natural lawn under these conditions. Better alternatives are available.
Why Use Synthetic Turf instead of Natural Grass?
Natural grass requires regular fertilizing and watering to look its best. With the use of mains water now restricted in many areas, keeping natural grass in peak condition in public and commercial areas becomes a management issue that is difficult and expensive. Synthetic grass solves that problem. Once the grass is laid it requires no maintenance, and keeps its colour and texture.
Natural grass can fall victim to lawn grubs and other infestations. There are no such issues with synthetic grass and no need for pesticides.
Natural grass requires regular mowing. This is difficult in awkward areas like freeway verges, median strips, roundabouts and other traffic areas. It also exposes workers to significant safety hazards. Synthetic turf needs no mowing, so is ideal for these areas.
Natural grass is low cost at the outset, but the expense of ongoing maintenance in chemicals, mowing equipment, fuel and labour makes synthetic grass the best long-term financial option.
Synthetic Turf Features
- Lengths vary from extremely short non-directional pile (suitable for putting) to a long-bladed look at 50mm.
- Multiple-bladed effects and different lengths simulate the look of natural grass.
- Low shine material.
- Wear factors suitable for commercial and extra high-traffic areas.
- Various backings available to suit level of durability required.
- Easy to install and maintain.
- Many varieties are UV stabilised to suit Australian conditions.
Choosing a Synthetic Turf Product
For the large scale, high traffic areas typical in public and commercial environments, careful purchasing requires examining issues such as:
- Yarn strength
- Infill material
- Quality of the backing
- Surface and depth of the base where the turf will be laid.
- Manufacturers support and warranty
- Ability of synthetic turf to allow for drainage
- Testimonials and references
All synthetic turf isn’t created equal, so investigate the market and select a superior product. Installation by professionals is the final step in creating a surface that will stand the test of wear, tear and time.