Planning a Garden with Turf

Gardening can be very relaxing and is a popular hobby. It’s also an expensive hobby, as some homeowners spend a small fortune each spring buying and planting flowers, herbs, veggies and more. Some people find gardening can be overwhelming because of all of the tending a garden requires. The benefit of having an artificial yard is that there is no time to be spent cutting the grass or weeding, which leaves plenty of time to spend in the garden. With artificial turf you don’t have to give up gardening as a hobby, it simply allows you more time to focus on the needs of your garden.

Kinds of turf

There are many different kinds of turf, and some are better suited for gardening areas. If you plan to use turf in your garden as well. Choose a different style or texture of your fake grass, one that will blend in better with your garden.

Space

When planting a garden there are a couple of things you need to consider. Be sure to pick a spot that’s appropriate for growing flowers, remember they need sunlight and access to water. If you do have an irrigation system, it’s best to put your garden near a line so that it can get ample water. Or you can commit to watering your flowers daily with a hose.

You’ll need to find a sunny spot. Your artificial lawn won’t need sunlight, but your flowers do. Try to find them a place that gets sun, but doesn’t roast. A little afternoon shade is best.

A great way to use artificial lawn in your garden is to use it as walkways or paths through your garden.

Chemical-Free Turf

Finding turf that’s eco-friendly and chemical free is key. You want your turf in your garden to be made with non-toxic materials, as the chemicals can leach into the soil and harm the growing flowers. This is especially important if you’re growing a vegetable garden, and you plan to eat what you grow.

Gardening

Installing turf is a great way to enhance the look of your garden, all while keeping it easy to maintain. With turf you won’t have to focus on taking care of it, so you can spend more time planning a garden and taking care of it.

Mud season and Artificial Turf

If you had a snowy or wet winter, and Spring is just emerging, it may be time to clean up your yard and get ready for the warmer days of summer. Here are some tips for getting your turf ready for play:

Wet Winter

If you had a wet winter, chances are some water was stuck in your lawn, without the chance to drain off. We all know this is prime breeding ground for mold and mildew. Don’t despair, this happens with regular grass as well. It’s important to choose a kind of artificial turf that allows for the most amount of water drain off as possible.

While artificial turf promises a drastic decrease in yard maintenance, there is still some seasonal routine care required. You can find a mold removal product that’s formulated for fake grass.

Drainage

It’s important to have an artificial turf that has great drainage, especially if you have pets. Drainage is key to keeping your yard in the best condition that it can be. If you have pets, it’s important to hose off the area of artificial turf that they use most frequently, to prolong the turf’s life.

Brushing off the lawn

Something that will really improve the life of your turf, is taking the time to brush it off frequently. This is especially important in spring, as it’s landscaping season. This usually results in rocks and dirt ending up on your turf. If left rocks can tear up the edges of the turf, resulting in potentially expensive repairs.

Turf Yards

Having an artificial turf lawn, is a lot easier to take care of than regular grass. It requires minimal effort and maintenance, but if neglected it can be costly to replace. Turf is a cheaper option, because you pay for it to be installed once, and then have it for years. But in order have an artificial turf yard for it’s maximum lifetime, you do have to take care of it.

Removing pet waste is important, as well as hosing off that area of the lawn. You have to be on the lookout for mold, and problem drainage areas. It’s important to find a brand of turf that allows the maximum amount of drainage.

Using Turf on a Second Home

Artificial Turf

If you own a second home, the upkeep can be a huge headache. If it’s a home that you rent out or even if it’s an empty home that you don’t live near, taking care of things from afar can be difficult.

If you’re not around, you have to make sure that your yard gets mowed, watered, weeded, and that someone takes care of it at all times. If the headache of taking care of a lawn from hours or states away is starting to get to you, it may be time to consider investing in an artificial lawn for that second property. Read on to learn about the benefits of installing artificial turf.

Maintenance

Artificial turf takes much to maintain. It requires no water to stay green, in fact it stays green year-round. If you own a second home at the beach or coast, and are worried about the wild weather that takes place at the coast, artificial turf may work in your favor. It’s extremely durable, and can stand up to almost any weather.

Costs

If the cost of owning a second home makes finances tight, you’ll want to invest in artificial turf, as it will save you money in the long run. You won’t have to worry about it while you’re away. Unlike a grass yard that can grow long and start to look wild and unruly, turf will stay the same vibrant green color and short length until your return. Hiring someone else to take care of the yard while you’re away is incurring extra cost to maintain for a home that you barely use.

Cleaning

You’ll never have to worry about spots of bad soil, shade or steep slopes making it hard for grass to grow. All you have to do to maintain artificial turf is clear it of any debris. If you have pets frequenting the area with artificial turf, it would benefit you to clean off the yard with a hose regularly.

If you’re concerned about the cost of installing artificial turf at a second home, consider that it will pay for itself within a couple of years. You won’t need to maintain it or spend time or money on the upkeep.

Take Away

If you’re struggling with the upkeep of maintaining a yard at a second home, or even at rental properties, that you don’t have easy access to, it may be in your best interest to invest in an artificial turf lawn. You won’t have to worry about the average 2-3 hours of yard work per week it takes to keep up with growing grass. An artificial lawn can pay for itself within 2-3 years’ time and it will save you, as a home owner, the headache.

Using Turf to Get Rid of Pests

Pests and Artificial Turf

 

 

 

 

 

 

If you’ve ever had problems with pests in your yard, digging up dirt, ruining grass, etc. you know it can be costly and time consuming to fix. Learn about the great ways in which artificial turf might help with pest problems, and discourage them from entering your yard in the first place.

Critters

Have you ever had deer turn your front lawn into a salad bar? Skunks and raccoons are also looking for things to eat in a grass lawn. A great way to discourage them from searching in your yard in the first place, is to install an artificial lawn. Something that most people don’t consider is that when a lawn hasn’t received ample amounts of water, bugs and grubs move closer to the surface of the dirt. This, in turn, attracts the skunks and raccoons into your yard for a snack. Because synthetic grass doesn’t require any water or grass, there are no bugs and grubs growing in your yard to find.

If you’ve ever stumbled upon a new hole or divot in your yard, created by some creature overnight, you’ll know how frustrating it can be. With an artificial turf lawn, this won’t be a problem. Wildlife enters your yard looking for food, water and shelter. If you can eliminate the food from the lawn, and eliminate the water, you’re doing well.

If you have dips and divots in your yard, it stands the chance to collect water, which invites animals in to your yard for a sip.

Butterflies and other pollinators

You may worry that turf doesn’t help other creatures, like birds, bugs, butterflies, ladybugs, dragonflies and pollinators. All of these winged creatures can still be found in a yard with artificial turf. Plant other flowers that attract butterflies or bees. Consider hanging bird feeders to attract birds as well.

Benefits

You’ll save on time, money and water if you install an artificial lawn at your home. You won’t have constant divots or ripped up patches in your grass, due to animals scavenging for food. You can still have the benefits of a vivacious yard, with flowers, birds, butterflies and more, with turf. You’ll just deter other animals from making your yard their favorite feeding ground or watering hole.

Outdoor Games on Artificial Turf

Turf Games

If you’re a fan of lawn games, but hate the wear and tear it causes on your grass, it may be time to consider converting to artificial grass. If you’re playing a game that causes repeated stress on one area of the yard, and continual damage to your grass in certain areas. Making small change to backyard games, enables them to be perfect candidates for games played on turf.

Sports and games

Games that require a net can damage grass, with poles dug into the ground. A great way to play volleyball, badminton and other similar games is to find poles that use a weighted base rather than are dug into the ground.

Football, soccer and other games that are rough on grass, can be played on turf as well. There are even special paints for drawing boundaries on turf surfaces that aren’t permanent. Most of these paints can be washed away when the game is over.

Kinds of turf

One of the benefits that artificial turf has over grass, is that when it’s installed special care is taken to removing any dips or ridges in your yard. This is an important pre-step to installing artificial grass. This means that your playing field will be flatter and more uniform that a grass backyard.

It’s important to consider the integrity of your turf when you’re playing games. Games like croquet require wires to be pushed into the ground. These wires cannot puncture the fabric backing of turf, or you run the risk of permanent damage. Playing games on turf requires finding the right kind of equipment to use to ensure the long life of your artificial turf.

If you’re planning to play routine rough games of soccer on your artificial turf backyard, it may be in your best interest to invest in a more durable kind of turf, like the kind used in athletic areas. The turf used for athletic fields can withstand a lot of wear and tear, a lot of foot traffic, as well as play. The turf requires very minimal upkeep to stay healthy. Re-growing grass in areas that take a heavier beating during backyard games, can become annoying and monotonous.

Turf lends itself well to many other great backyard games, like golf. Turf is a wonderful thing to have installed as a putting green. It often mimics the uniform length and texture of a golf course green. Bocce ball can be especially fun when played on turf, rather than in a typical bocce court. It plays just like it does on a wide beach when the tide is out.

Consider turf as a backyard alternative to grass. It takes the brunt of aggressive backyard play much better than grass does. It requires much less maintenance than grass, and doesn’t have to be regrown in patches that take lots of wear.