One of the first things people notice when looking at a residential or commercial property is the landscaping. Curb appeal is talked about frequently when looking to buy or sell property. How eye-catching one’s landscaping is can make or break the sale of a home or business—nobody wants to live in a home that looks like it’s sitting on a plot of land that is just dirt. Plus, having no landscaping leaves the soil susceptible to erosion and makes it a muddy, difficult to traverse mess in the rainy months. It also makes a mess inside when people walk into your home or business, tracking mud and dirt everywhere.
The best way to improve the exterior look of a business or home is to put down a lawn and plant trees, shrubs, and flowers to make the property more inviting and keep the soil from eroding. Not only does it add value to the property, but it will also keep shoes destined for inside away from the muddy mess outside.
Before the landscaping project can begin, you must first choose the materials to landscape with. Putting down live sod is a popular choice; however, live grass comes at a cost. It requires constant maintenance, various chemical treatments, and hundreds of gallons of water each week to keep the grass alive and looking healthy. Instead of planting a live lawn, consider using artificial grass instead. There are numerous benefits to using artificial grass in place of live grass. Artificial grass conserves water, saves money on lawn care, and requires limited maintenance, especially compared to live grass. The artificial grass installation experts at Sportech list the benefits of installing artificial grass below.
Conserve Water and Protect Our Environment
On average, a live lawn requires an inch to an inch and a half of water each day to stay fresh and healthy. Watering a lawn to this degree requires a little over a half-gallon of water per square foot. This means if you have a lawn that is one acre in size, which equates to 43,560 square feet of lawn, your live lawn will require over 21,000 gallons of water a day to survive.
Artificial grass, on the other hand, conserves water as it requires zero gallons of water a day to stay looking fresh and vibrant. Installing artificial grass can help save our water sources from being used up for curb appeal instead of more urgent needs, such as drinking water and watering crops on our local farms.
It’s estimated that for every square foot of grass that has been replaced with artificial turf, a whopping 55 gallons of water can be saved per year. With so much of our country suffering from droughts each year, many people have been scrambling to find ways to conserve water. Many faucets and showerheads have been replaced with more efficient low-flow options, and the time spent in the shower has been reduced.
Many people are much more aware of our dire need for clean water and have adjusted their habits accordingly. However, the biggest, most effective method for conserving water is eliminating live lawns completely. Artificial grass conserves water, and it can be one of the most effective water conservation methods available to property owners.
Save Money on Your Monthly Water Bill
Conserving water has many benefits for the environment, but it also has monetary benefits. Watering live grass comes at a financial cost to the property owner who must foot the water bill each month, especially during the hotter summer months when water is in short supply and live lawns are at their driest and thirstiest.
The cost of watering one acre of land at over 21,000 gallons of water a day is not small change. You can eliminate this bill by installing artificial grass. You will no longer need to water the lawn after installing artificial grass, and you won’t need to worry about installing or maintaining a sprinkler system. No more needing to empty the pipes by blowing air into them before the cold winter months come, and no more having to mark where the sprinkler heads are before mowing the lawn. The financial cost of installing artificial grass can be made up tenfold by not having to pay for monthly water bills.
Eliminate Lawn Maintenance Fees
Artificial grass conserves water, saving money on the water bill each month, and eliminating the need for constant lawn maintenance, which can be quite costly. Lawn care requires weekly trimming and weed pulling. Either your time and energy are a cost as you spend hours mowing the grass and weeding—along with the cost of lawn care equipment and maintenance—or you will need to pay a gardener to maintain your lawn for you each week. Either way, the cost of maintaining a live lawn is quite high, and it can be both time-consuming and costly to do it yourself.
Factor in the cost of chemicals to both fertilize your lawn and remove weeds and pests, and the cost of maintaining a live lawn can seem daunting. Installing artificial grass removes all the above costs from your time and your wallet.
Increase Your Property Value by Installing Artificial Grass
As we discussed above, a strong curb appeal can increase a property’s value significantly and increase buyer interest when looking to sell your property. With the initial cost of installing artificial grass being a bit higher than installing live grass, having artificial grass already installed before you sell can boost your property’s value, which means a higher resale value. If you are interested in installing artificial grass on your property, contact the artificial grass installation experts at Sportech today.