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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Synthetic Playgrounds Reviewed

The EPA have once again taken a look at the use of crumb rubber in the construction of playground synthetic surfaces in terms of their safety. Although the rubber surface meets the safety standards for cushioning falls, it is the propsect of the crumb rubber releasing harmful chemicals and fumes that is the worry.

Concerns exist that children may be exposed to dangerous levels of chemicals like lead, benzene, zinc and particulate matter from the recycled tire surfaces.

It highlights once again that synthetic grass costs are more than simply a monetary issue. The cost is also weighed upon the health risks and safety of those who come in contact with it.

This particular investigation was initiated back in January 2008 and the results are expected to be released shortly. Up until now the EPA has remained neutral on the question of how safe crumb rubber is because it didn’t have enough scientific data on the subject. The results of this investigation will hopefully solve this.

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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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