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Playing On Firm Footing

We all want to play on playing fields where we can be assured of smooth and even footing. The professionals get to play on the best surfaces and we’re the ones who have to pay to watch. We also have to pay to compete in football and baseball tournaments and we still have to pay. Not only that but the playing surface is invariably far below standard. Not so if we get to use artificial grass playing fields.

The rise in the number of artificial turf playing fields has been the answer to a lot of sports lovers’ prayers. Finally we get the chance to play on a surface that gives us the ultimate in assured footing. There are still some criticisms and warnings against using the synthetic version most of which have largely been rectified or which are grossly misrepresented in the first place.

The problem of excessive heat emanating from synthetic grass fields still poses a problem for the artificial turf industry. Studies into heat radiation have found that the temperature above artificial turf fields measured at 140 to 160 degrees Fahrenheit. The result is what the experts refer to as heat islands and show up as beacons when heat imaging is used.

What isn’t mentioned is how high above the surface of the artificial turf this temperature was recorded. There have been a lot of people using the synthetic turf surface and very few have ever complained about the excessive heat. What happens is the heat quickly dissipates as it rises away from the grass.

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Give Yourself The Gift Of Time

Although some people are after the sight of having a pristine front lawn in their yard, it’s usually not the deciding factor behind why they will go ahead and spend the money to have it done. Sure, it’s one of the nice bonuses that you get, but there are so many other factors that will come into it that you’d be more likely to use that as your motivation instead.

When there are water conservation factors involved there is a reasonable incentive to replace the plants that are lapping up every last drop you can feed them. Grass is a thirsty plant and when you feed it and fertilize it, in return you get to drag out the lawnmower and cut it back into a semblance of neatness. Then you’ve got to get out the clippers and do the edges and when you’ve done all that you only have to wait a few days before it’s beginning to look as though you’ve got to do it all over again.

At least with synthetic grass you save yourself the most valuable of commodities. It’s something that you never get back no matter how hard you work and that’s time. By installing synthetic grass in the front or backyard you are ensuring that you don’t have to waste valuable time on the weekend doing the chores that really gets you nowhere in the end.

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Synthetic Grass A Perfect Ground Cover

Although it has its share of opponents, synthetic grass sometimes makes sense as a means of providing an outdoor lawn surface. Apart from the fact that synthetic grass gives you the pleasing look of a lush green lawn, it also makes sense in parts of the world where water is scarce or where water restrictions have been put in place.

In dry areas the normal scene is an endless row of dustbowl yards that simply looks parched and sad. By replacing the hard-packed dirt with an artificial alternative other than concrete, the feeling is that the yard is nicely grassed. There are other advantages that have been mentioned numerous times such as the reduction in maintenance requirements and the environmental factors such as not having to run the lawnmower.

But benefits such as the luxurious feel of the lawn and the safety factors should not be discounted. Try walking on synthetic grass with no shoes on, it just feels soft and comfortable. The nature of the artificial surface is generally softer and more bouncy than grass and so, when young children play on it, it will cushion the impact of any unexpected falls.

In short, if people are comfortable with paving, concreting or tiling in their front or back yards, then there should be no hesitation to use a product such as synthetic grass instead.

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There’s Nothing Wrong With Fake Grass

Every day it seems that someone else is bringing up reasons to doubt the validity for using synthetic grass in place of natural grass. Often you see the derogatory term fake grass used to describe the synthetic alternative as if that is reason enough to denigrate its use.

But the truth is that the lawn that sits in our front and back yards is no more natural than any of the new synthetic replacements. To believe otherwise is sticking your head in the sand in the worst possible way. When I head out into the bush or take a walk through the countryside, at no point do I find a naturally formed lawn that is manicured to an even 2 inches high. That sort of phenomenon is a man-made creation that has been placed around our houses to provide us with a nice “meadow” to look upon.

Sure, meadows appear in nature, but they are far more wild and unruly than any homeowner is going to allow. All of that mowing and edging and fertilizing and watering that gets done to the average front lawn makes it just as synthetic as the grass that is manufactured as synthetic grass.

People are happy enough to live inside a man made structure, something that has been constructed from bricks, tiles, glass, wood, plastic and cement. But then they loudly complain that we are destroying the environment by putting synthetic grass down on the ground as well. What utter hypocrites!

If only people understand that, if anything, synthetic grass is better for the environment than the manufactured lawns they have traditionally used. New types of synthetic grass provide ample drainage, is breathable thanks to the mesh bases and saves water. They don’t overheat and they are no longer made using lead.

Time for the detractors to move on, get a life and take a good hard look at themselves and the ulterior motives they are bleating to cover up.

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Sports Grass Technology

Artificial grass is not the same as what we think of as traditional synthetic turf. The most impressive difference is very obvious if you see the two side by side. Rather than a dense and scratchy mat, the artificial grass fiber’s surface is soft and silky. Players can slide or tackle without fear of abrasions.

Unlike traditional turf, it does not rely on an underlying shock pad for safety, resilience and player comfort. Instead, the grass fibers are supported and stabilized by a special blend of synthetic earth also designed for that aim.

There has been a lot of new design of artificial materials by some companies as an engineered system. A completely supported system is in place to produce and instal a new range of synthetic grass systems. In order to obtain complete high level quality control, considerable investment by manufacturers in modernizing its plants with the latest technologies, top manufacturing talent and specialized installation equipment for to make it easy for install teams to use.

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Polyethylene Used To Make Synthetic Grass

It’s nice to see that there is an increasing number of artificial grass manufacturers entering the marketplace with synthetic grass products that are comprised of 100% polyethylene fibers. When used in union with non-rubber infill products such as a thermoplastic product the health concerns are more or less completely answered. The only doubt that actually remains is how these products will operate in the years to come because they are so new, we don’t know for sure how they will last.

It is rewarding to see the steady push to find improved products to solve the concerns that have been raised about synthetic grass. Not only do polyethylene fibers counter the health concerns but the material is also more useful environmentally since possible bacteria growth isn’t promoted because the water drains away just like real grass.

It is also good to know for this new generation artificial grass product it is made out of wholly recyclable materials an additional bonus over nylon fibers. Hopefully this new technology in the synthetic grass industry will help the popularity of a product that brings many advantages. It is to be expected that more clients will be inclined to buy synthetic grass based on these facts.

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