Whether you enjoy hosting lawn parties, you want to improve your short game on a private putting green, or you simply love how a green grassy field looks, turf installation is a very popular option for your outdoor space. At Landscaping Cloverdale we work with any size space large or small, to make the best of the area you want to renovate. Depending on your environment, a turf grass lawn or an artificial may be more ideal.
Turf Grass Lawn
Nothing says suburban bliss like a gorgeous green lawn. A large part of why many people opt for the real grass is an emotional connection. If you grew up playing on a grass lawn, this is something you may want for your children. The feeling of cool grass under your feet on a hot day is hard to replace, and if this feeling is what you want for your space, all the power to you. After all, there is something to be said about real being better than fake.
Here’s what ‘s included in a grass lawn installation:
A beautiful lawn is lovely to look at and will be the envy of all your neighbours! Once it’s been installed, it needs regular maintenance. Our lawn experts will set you up with the perfect maintenance plan for you, which can include:
Watering - keeping your grass green can take 200 litres of water for every square foot, so regular watering will be necessary. Especially in the summer when the weather is hotter and drier, scheduled watering is particularly important to keep it looking its best during its peak use.
Mowing - without regular mowing, your grass will start looking more like a wild abandoned yard than an inviting clean lawn. Mowing throughout the year will keep your grass under control.
Weeding - despite the initial weed killing that’s part of the installation, weeds always find a way to come back. Weeds are detrimental to the healthy growth of grass because they take the water and fertilizer meant for the grass for themselves. Keeping them in check will leave more nutrients for your grass.
Fertilizing - your lawn is started off with premium fertilizer to make sure it has a great start. To keep up that perfection, you’ll want to fertilize it regularly.
There are a few things to keep in mind when you’re deciding between a real lawn or an artificial lawn. While initial costs of installing real grass is cheaper than artificial turf, you need to keep in mind the ongoing maintenance that is required to keep that lawn green. From watering, mowing, trimming, weeding, fertilizing, and repairs from rodent or other pest damage, a real lawn will be like taking care of the other elements in your garden!
With advancements in technology, artificial turf is quickly becoming the most economical and environmentally friendly choice. If the higher upfront costs are not an issue for you, there are many benefits to going artificial. Artificial turf is also a great option if your outdoor space is shady, wet, or the soil is quite acidic and is not ideal for growing grass naturally.
Low Maintenance - an artificial water will not require regular watering, mowing, or fertilizing. Once installed, it won’t require any water unless you’re cleaning up a spill, and as it doesn’t grow, won’t need any fertilizing or trimming! Costs of maintaining a lush green lawn can really add up, so an artificial turf actually ends up paying for itself in less than 10 years.
Cleaner - with an occasional clean with water and a sanitizing agent, it’s basically like a carpet. If you have pets or children outside often, they won’t have the chance to track in wet grass, mud, or dirt.
Environmental Impact - artificial turf is being touted for its contribution to water reduction in the home. Because it doesn’t need to be watered, you save 200 litres per square foot every year. Mowing, trimming, and fertilizing also may harm the environment with its gas and chemical usage. Also, many varieties of turf are also made from recycled plastic bottles or tires!
Longer Life - turf is especially popular in areas where there may be water restrictions through drought season, and is also impervious to sun and heat damage. This means lower costs in repairs, and with regular care artificial turf can last 25 years or more.
Artificial turf installation includes all of the following elements: