The versatility of synthetic grass becomes paramount when you understand how many uses it has. When you think of this type of grass, you likely have a picture of a suburban backyard with children’s play equipment and a space to entertain.
The grass is used for much more than the home backyard because of its durability, drought resistance, and consistent surface. It is quickly becoming one of the most popular choices for playgrounds, around pools, indoor sports centres, putting greens, tennis courts, play centres other unique surfaces. Truth is, it can be laid just about anywhere to create a smooth and usable space that will have you being the envy of the neighbourhood.
Whether it’s the home tennis court or tennis venue, real grass may look great, but it’s high maintenance. There are many great benefits to using synthetic grass, particularly the level of care it requires, which is little compared to regular turf.
The advantages of installing synthetic lawns on tennis courts, including:
- Durability – Artificial grass is durable and designed to endure heavy foot traffic which makes it the perfect surface for tennis players running around the courts.
- Sustain Weather Changes – Heavy rain and the blazing sun can cause damage to natural turf. If it gets wet enough, there are muddy patches everywhere which make it difficult to play tennis; however, with an artificial lawn, it can sustain extreme changes in weather.
- Surface Remains Consistent – Tennis players rely on a consistent surface, so they don’t lose footing and for a consistent bounce of the ball. With the smooth surface of the fake turf, it gives the player more control of the ball and helps produce a high-quality game.
While it may seem unusual to lay artificial lawn indoors, it’s not restricted to outdoors, and many sports institutions and play centres are discovering the many benefits of using it, these include:
- Safety – Often used as a “soft-fall” with rubber backing to protect children if they fall at play centres.
- Bringing nature indoors – Perfect for indoor sporting activities, it is slip-free, durable and comfortable without having to stop because of weather and water-logged grass. It is particularly popular for indoor lawn bowls because of its consistent surface and natural look.
Artificial Grass for Pools
Installing artificial lawn around the pool is the perfect solution when it comes to choosing a bit of greenery. Selecting this option is great for several reasons:
- Keeps the water clean – Children running around the yard and jumping into the pool are just part of the sweet sounds of summer. No matter how well maintained your traditional turf is, grass and dirt get underfoot and end up in the pool. Artificial lawn means no grass or dirt getting into your pool which also means you spend less time cleaning and more time enjoying the sun.
- Hard-wearing surface – Excessive water, pool chemicals and dirty feet won’t ruin your synthetic grass.
- Maintenance Free – Tired of spending your weekends mowing? Want to spend more time swimming and playing? With artificial lawn being near maintenance-free, you will save money and time while still having a great looking lawn that compliments your pool.
Backyards and Patios
A good-looking synthetic grass is a trouble-free solution for backyards and patios, especially for busy families and professionals. The main reason people choose this option is that artificial lawn is:
- Eco-friendly – The modern synthetic lawn is eco-friendly because it avoids the use of chemicals during manufacturing, cuts down on water usage and reduces your carbon footprint.
- Drought resistant – Australian summers can be harsh and tough on your natural lawn. Using an artificial option means it retains its colour all year round and looks luscious regardless of weather conditions.
- Suitable for a variety of surfaces – If you have a shady backyard where grass doesn’t grow well, or your space is all concrete, the artificial lawn can still be laid. This means it can be installed on balconies, patios, caravans and rooftops.
Synthetic lawn can be laid over many surfaces, and you really are only limited by your imagination. We explore five of the most common surfaces to lay your synthetic turf:
One of the many benefits of artificial lawn is being able to lay it to any surface and tailor it to your required size, including cement. This is an ideal location because it’s flat, which makes laying it a lot easier than other options.
While an obvious choice for replacing an existing lawn or playground, the soil does need preparation before installing. There is levelling, base, and drainage that needs to be worked out before starting any laying.
While it may not seem like a first choice for laying synthetic turf, artificial turf can be applied on tables, platforms and benches to create a unique and fun look. The primary consideration before laying the grass is using water-proofing to avoid any mould or damage in the future.
While not as widely used and may not seem like an obvious choice, brick surfaces can be used. Before going through the process, any uneven surfaces need to be smoothed by applying a base material.
Plastic is actually a great medium to adhere to artificial turf. You can bring the outdoors indoors by attaching turf to plastic benches, platforms and tables for a point of difference in your home. It is one of the simplest ways to secure artificial grass and makes a great DIY home project.
It can be refreshing to try something new, and artificial turf is definitely high on the list of being quite a versatile product because it can be laid just about anywhere — schools, home, play centres, indoors, outdoors or by the pool. Reinventing your space has never been easier and the durability, resistance to drought, low maintenance, and it’s safe.