The Artificial lawn alternative

ARTIFICIAL LAWN AS AN ALTERNATIVE TO NATURAL TURFGRASS

Artificial grass lawns continue to gain momentum as a high quality, economical, environmentally friendly and esthetically appealing alternative to turf grass. Colleges and universities across the country are lining up for “green” alternatives and are choosing artificial grass lawns such as those offered by Eco Waterless Grass As an example, Artificial fields have replaced natural grass on many of Yale University’s sports fields. This has solved a number of the problems that come along with natural grass surfaces, most notably overuse. Currently the varsity field hockey, women’s lacrosse, and new soccer/lacrosse stadium all have artificial grass playing surfaces.

Additionally state and local ordinances enacted over the past several years are making it increasingly difficult to control weeds and insects with either pre-emergent materials, post emergent applications or preventative measures – again increasing the appeal and cost saving value of artificial grass lawns.

Drought conditions that are dominant in states such as California, Texas, and Florida are also making it more difficult for traditional natural turfgrass. Natural turfgrass does not respond well in drought conditions without extra/excessive irrigation – which is becoming more and more impractical given the recent expansion of government imposed water restrictions.

A staggering statistic – over 75% of turfgrass managers have reported some kind of environmental or climate changes, which have affected their planting or overseeding schedule – a problem that would not exist with artificial grass lawns. Some of their challenges include:

Continued drought conditions affecting seeding and aeration plans
On top of warmer winters, drier springs have made seed and plant establishment tougher.
The optimum “window” with respect to temperature and rainfall seems to be shrinking.

When these same turfgrass managers were asked what the single biggest issue that they saw affecting their turfgrass over the next year, the largest selection of respondents (31%) selected irrigation/water issues. The economy has also been a major factor. Budgets are getting tightened at universities and cities in all areas. Shrinking employee numbers are leaving crews short-staffed and unable to get the job done – resulting in reduced weed management and mowing frequency.

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