So, you’re interested in getting artificial turf? We bet you’ll be asking these questions before considering it though, so here are our answers to the most commonly asked questions!
Q: Does it get hot?
A: Yes, artificial turf is plastic, so in hot weather it does get hot. Hosing it down with water helps with the heat. At ProLawn Turf, we have a product that has heat reduction technology in it so it doesn’t get as hot as our competitors’ products do though.
Q: Is it pet friendly?
A: Some products are pet friendly. Some products have holes punched in the backing to help drain liquids, but that’s probably the most ineffective way of doing it. Permeable backing systems do a better job at draining. Here at ProLawn Turf, our pet turf has a 100% permeable backing system for efficient drainage.
Q: Do you have to do any maintenance work on it?
A: Artificial turf requires very little maintenance. If you have a lot of foot traffic or heavy objects constantly going over the artificial turf, this will cause the turf to lay flat. Occasionally fluff it back up to keep that more realistic look to it. If your yard gets bad weeds, you will need to spray the edges to keep them away. If you have dogs, the turf will start to smell so spraying the turf with an odor spray like OdoBon will help with the smell.
Q: How does it hold up to rain?
A: The backing system that an artificial turf product has is extremely important. Using a turf product, such as the ones used at ProLawn Turf, with a 100% permeable backing system will help limit exposure to moisture accumulation that may lead to mold, mildew, or odors.
Q: Do I need to worry about insects?
A: Artificial grass is a sterile environment, however, over time it is possible that wind borne debris might deposit enough nutrients within the infill to support a small number of insects. Even so, this will always be a lot less than what happens with natural grass.
Q: How long will artificial grass last?
A: The area, the product, the installation, and the intended use are all weighted factors in this equation. High quality artificial turf may last up to 25 years under optimal circumstances. The turf at ProLawn Turf comes with a 15 year manufacturer warranty.
Q: What holds down the artificial grass?
A: The weight of silica sand helps to hold the turf down. Sand or a similar substitute is recommended in all turf landscapes, especially in high traffic areas. The grass should also be spiked using landscape staples or galvanized spikes.
Q: What are the costs of artificial grass?
A: Although the up-front cost of installation can be more than natural, this excess is easily recovered over the life of the grass when you consider the long-term costs of irrigation and drainage systems, mowing, fertilizing, watering, aerating, and over-seeding. Cost may vary by region and can be determined by scheduling a free estimate.
These are our most commonly asked questions! We hope this helped you in your decision-making process as to whether artificial turf is for you or not!