Perhaps you just purchased a new home and would like to add some beautiful landscaping to make your outdoor space more usable and appealing, or maybe you want to update your landscaping on your well-loved home. Whatever the case may be, you will need to decide on which type of grass to use in your yard before you can begin your landscaping project.
Many people have been turning to artificial grass in Portland, Oregon, over natural grass for numerous reasons. You may wonder what artificial grass actually is. Artificial grass is made up of plastic materials to emulate natural grass with all the beauty that live grass offers but without requiring maintenance on a regular basis. Artificial grass looks very real today compared to the way it used to look years ago and can provide a homeowner with a beautiful lawn in all seasons with very little maintenance.
There are many reasons to make the switch to artificial grass for your Portland, Oregon, home. Your artificial lawn installation experts at Sportech list below the many reasons to make the move to using artificial grass in your yard.
1. Little Maintenance Required
With natural grass, there are many maintenance tasks that are required. For example, you must mow your lawn on a regular basis. You also must rake the leaves off your lawn or it will wither away and die as it suffocates under the decaying leaves. You have to keep a natural lawn fertilized and aerate it periodically to make sure it stays healthy and green. If you don’t water your lawn on a regular basis, it will brown and die. All of these tasks are time-consuming and take away from your free time to spend enjoying your yard and your family.
With artificial grass, there still is some maintenance needed to keep it looking fresh. However, there is minimal effort required, and it isn’t nearly as time-consuming as maintaining a natural lawn. One task that will need to be done periodically is to remove any debris that has built up over time. Using a leaf blower to remove any leaves, pine needles, or dirt is the quickest and easiest method. You can also use a broom to fluff up any areas that receive high foot traffic and have been flattened over time.
For those tough-to-clean areas, you can spot-clean with water. However, this isn’t typically needed unless you have a spill or pets who go to the bathroom on the artificial grass. If you do need to clean an area with water, you can use a mild detergent or a vinegar-water mixture to pre-treat and then spray the treated area down with a hose.
You also don’t have to weed a yard that has artificial grass. A natural lawn will require regular weeding, as it grows various unwanted plants that find their way into your yard. Managing weed control on a natural lawn is a task that can take a lot of research, time, and money. The maintenance of artificial grass is quite easy and doesn’t take much time away from your day.
2. No Watering Required
Other than the occasional spot-cleaning as mentioned above, artificial grass doesn’t require regular watering as natural lawns do. This is a huge bonus for those areas that have issues with seasonal droughts. Natural grass requires regular watering, typically twice a day during the summer, to maintain its freshness. This is usually done by installing a sprinkler system that has a timer to turn on each zone automatically or manually moving a sprinkler to different areas of the lawn throughout the day. It can be expensive to install a sprinkler system or time-consuming to have to manually water the entire lawn each day. Artificial grass doesn’t need to be watered to look fresh and new, which saves you both time and money.
3. No Need for Fertilizers or Pesticides
Fertilizers and pesticides are often used on natural grass to keep the lawn looking healthy on a regular basis. An unfortunate result of using these chemicals is the harmful effects it has on your local environment. Water runoff from a lawn using fertilizers and pesticides ends up carrying these harsh chemicals into our rivers and streams and into the reservoirs we get our drinking water from. These chemicals cause an overgrowth in harmful bacteria and algae, which can kill off local wildlife, and end up in our drinking water, which can cause major health issues.
With artificial grass in your Portland, Oregon, yard, you no longer need to use these chemicals, which helps keep your local water supply healthy for years to come. Artificial grass does not attract bugs since it doesn’t provide food for them. This makes using pesticides on your artificial lawn unnecessary, which means it’s safer for your children and pets to enjoy outdoor playtime without the risk of ingesting harmful chemicals.
Artificial grass can withstand numerous climates and many years of playtime with minimal maintenance needs. The plastic materials used to construct artificial grass are made to hold up against various weather changes over the years. It’s made to last through children and pets running and playing on it, and it will withstand the sun’s UV rays without fading over time or turning brown. It’s a great investment that will give back over the years of enjoyment.
5. Financial Savings
The most notable benefit of installing artificial grass in your Portland, Oregon, yard is the money you will save over time. By not having to hire a lawn care maintenance team to care for your lawn each week, or by not having to shell out the time and money it takes to maintain the natural grass yourself, the savings over the years really adds up and pays many times over the cost of the artificial grass installation.
If you would like to speak with one of our installation experts at Sportech, contact us today to set up a consultation.