Synthetic turf is a good alternative for a maintenance-free lawn
Having a lush, beautiful green lawn is a lot of work — even in a warm, subtropical climate like Florida.
Although Southern Florida averages a little more than 60 inches of rain a year, lawns still require watering. And people are often unsure how much to water, how often, and at what time of day.
Plus, there’s mowing and weed control to worry about, and if you are a do-it-yourselfer, you could find yourself spending your entire weekend maintaining your green carpet.
All of these issues and more make the idea of synthetic turf more appealing.
No longer just for sports fields, synthetic turf has a more natural look than ever before. There are different types of artificial grass that differ in materials, color, length and features, giving you options.
And unlike the bright-green plastic artificial turf of the past, your neighbors will not be able to tell your lawn is made of a low-maintenance synthetic.
One reason synthetic turf is appealing is that you don’t have to water it, a significant cost savings over time. And unfortunately, many people water their lawns incorrectly, which can increase diseases and bug infestations and lead to thatch buildup.
Plus, the South Florida Water Management District has a year-round Landscape Irrigation Rule, and many local ordinances restrict how residents water their lawns, as well.
For example, Broward County does not allow the watering of lawns and landscapes at all on Monday, Tuesday or Friday. Residences and businesses with odd-numbered street addresses may water lawns and landscapes on Wednesdays and/or Saturdays, but only before 10 a.m. or after 4 p.m. Those with even-numbered street address may water on Thursdays and/or Sundays during the same restricted hours, with limited exceptions.
Local governments also have the option to adopt even stricter rules in the case of a water shortage.
Even drought-tolerant landscaping requires maintenance, but synthetic turf, once installed, becomes a maintenance-free way to enjoy a green lawn year-round.
To prepare an area for synthetic turf, the existing grass and a layer of the underlying dirt are removed. Then a base of aggregate and gravel is put down to provide proper drainage.
Then the turf, which comes on rolls, and is secured in place with nails or screws.
For the top layer, an infill layer of sand is applied with a spreader for cushioning and to ensure that the synthetic turf blades remain upright.
Some people worry that synthetic turf is not the right choice for them because they have a pet that needs to do its business outside. This is one reason that proper installation is key. As long as the base for your synthetic turf has been properly prepared, you will have proper drainage for not only rain but other “liquids” that need to drain away.
The expert team at Broward Landscape would love to work with you to create and install your new dream yard or outdoor living space. Whether the idea of no-maintenance synthetic turf appeals to you or you have other landscape and hardscape projects in mind, give Broward Landscape a call.
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