Artificial Lawn is becoming more and more popular, mainly because of the drought in some areas. Environmentalists are pushing for artificial turf without watering. In addition, a large number of craft shops promote publicity, and now even in places where there is no shortage of rain, artificial turf appears.
In fact, artificial turf was invented as early as the 1960s, but it is only used in indoor stadiums due to its high price. Although it is currently being introduced, it is still not cheap. The price per square foot is still between $10-20. It is estimated that it needs 7-8 years to recover the cost of no watering and no fertilization.
The advantages of artificial turf
The main thing is no need to water, cut grass, no fertilizer, no need to worry about weeds. In some particularly dark areas, those who cannot grow turf can also lay artificial turf. Especially indoor, it seems like an indoor court. Some parents think that children and dogs will not bring silt into the house after playing on the grass.
On the surface, artificial turf and natural turf really do not differ much. And because there is no weed, it may be more beautiful. But to ask the difference between them, then it is like the difference between real flowers and plastic flowers, and also like the difference between a real Christmas tree and a fake Christmas tree. It is in personal preferences and choices.
The current artificial turf consists mainly of artificial plastics. In addition, the base will neutralize some fine sand and recycled plastic (old tires) to increase texture and softness.
Like other products, the high-priced artificial turf has a fine and soft grass. And the warranty period is longer. Some claim to be 20-25 years, but most are only 10-15 years.
Natural lawns also have shortcomings
The first is that the price is higher and the laying is not easy. Usually the price of artificial turf includes installation. To lay fake turf, just like laying indoor carpets, the ground must first be paved, and 3-4 inches of crushed stone (sand) pellets must be laid to ensure that the rain will flow smoothly into the ground in the future. Also close all around, no quilting is allowed. Unless you study the steps first, you may be left behind if you do it yourself. After listening to some users, the joints cracked shortly after they were used. Wrinkles also occur in some places.
Artificial turf is not only not soft like natural grass, but also has no ability to absorb heat. Generally, trees and flowers have the function of regulating temperature, but artificial turf will only reflect sunlight and will not absorb temperature. It’s like in Southern California. Because of the hot weather and drought, many people replace natural grass with artificial grass. But in the end, it may help the weather get hotter and dryer.
And artificial grass can never give you the same feeling as real natural grass. You ask the athlete who played on the artificial grass. Artificial grass does not have the smell of real grass.
Another disadvantage of artificial turf is that it must be cleaned as often as other furniture (or floors, carpets). Unlike natural things, there is a natural cleansing function. So when you buy or install artificial turf, you have to buy cleaners for turf cleaning together. If you have pets at home, you must clean it regularly.
Natural grassland and forest areas need to help the urban areas to absorb too much rain. Recently, the city is very vulnerable to flooding in the rain. It is because too many houses have been built and there are too many concrete areas. There is nowhere to collect water. In the past, the artificial turf was attacked as it has no the ability to absorb natural grass. Today’s artificial turf has holes so that rain can flow underground. However, the water absorption capacity of the artificial turf is still less than that of real turf. Because the artificial turf has no water absorption capacity, when it encounters heavy rainfall, the ability to remove water is poor. For the same reason, if there is pet feces and urine, it is more difficult to remove. It is easier to accumulate.
In addition, pay attention to the purchase, each product may have different quality and color. If you shop a piece and you want to put it next, you may not be able to buy the same material and color.
And after a period of use, artificial turf must become rubbish and be thrown into landfills. Unlike real grass, you can throw it in the compost bin and become a new nutrient soil.
However, with the progress of artificial turf, it can be expected to be more popular. For example, on some uncultivated terraces or roofs, or small golf driving ranges, it is bound to become more common.