Has synthetic turf overtaken the durability of natural grass? An examination
Whilst great strides have been made in the industry to increase the durability and long lasting life of synthetic surfaces, up until recently the notion of naturally growing grass as the preferred option has been unchanged. However, recent tests in the USA have shown that, not only are synthetic surfaces catching up, they might have even surpassed natural grass through the host of great benefits that they provide.
In this article, we’re going to dive further into the advantages that synthetic turf has over organic grass, analysing the performance of both over a wide variety of different criteria of assessment. This article is designed to show the many positives that artificial turf can provide to not only homeowners, but also a wide diaspora of differing applications, industries, and recreational purposes.
It has been shown that, for larger lawns and sporting fields, a typical patch of natural grass will require anything between 1.8 and 3.7 million litres of water each year. Whilst fake grass also requires water for sporting applications to ensure that the pitch or ground plays as true as possible, artificial surfaces require nowhere near as much, and can save anything up to 2 million litres over the same time period.
Durability under foot traffic
Comparison studies have shown that, under the same amount of duress, synthetic grass is far more resilient to damage than organic grass. A typical patch of grass can sustain up to 800 hours per year of even minimal use, prior to having the requirement of being replaced. Fake turf, however, can withstand up to 3,000 hours worth of strain every twelve months. Artificial turf can also be repaired in parts, and does not require a complete reseeding like grass does.
Whilst it is an odd concept to think of an artificially manufactured product as providing greater benefits to the environment than a plant, it helps when we think about the pesticide used to maintain grass. Common pesticides deplete the earth of essential nutrients, and if not managed properly, can also pollute the water table of the immediate vicinity and its surroundings. It is also harmful for grazing animals, who can be poisoned or – in a worst case scenario – experience fatal diseases.
Xtreme Turf is the leading provider of artificial grass solutions in Melbourne, and we are best placed to provide you with a surface that will be completely reliable and durable – whilst also looking just as good as organic grass. Call our friendly team of turf experts on 0406 686 911 today, and ask them what they can do for you to revitalise your sports ground, frontyard or backyard.
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