It’s been a long road since the destructive Tubbs Fire of 2017. But now, you’ve rebuilt your home and are ready to make your landscaping look even better than before. It’s natural to think that you’re limited to organic grass for your lawn, but have you considered synthetic grass installation?
Commonly mistaken for AstroTurf and associated with sports fields, this type of artificial plant is actually a great solution for many homeowners. Keep reading to determine if and when you should consider synthetic grass for your property.
Important Factors to Consider
Not every lawn is equal, and your landscaping should meet your household needs. When deciding if you should go with traditional, natural grass or an artificial option, there are several basic factors that should be taken into consideration.
- Homeowners associations
If you live in a community with a homeowners’ association, they will often have policies in place on whether synthetic grass is allowed, along with any other stipulations. Be sure to reach out to yours to find out if this type of landscaping is allowed and any regulations that apply.
- Desired grass color
While natural grass can be limiting in terms of color, synthetic options can come in an array of available shades of green. If you’re looking to achieve a certain look, the variety of synthetic colors available might be a better fit for your landscaping design.
- Human and pet traffic
If you have children that love to run around in the backyard or a household full of pets, you can still install synthetic grass! Just like there are a variety of colors, there are several rugged options that can withstand heavier wear-and-tear.
- Installation budget and maintenance budget
Speaking of choices, your overall budget, from initial set-up to long-term care, are certainly important factors to consider. Just like with many things in life, if you spend more up-front for installing a high-quality type of synthetic grass, your maintenance costs will be less overtime. Working with a professional landscaping company will help you determine your budget and your options.
- Environmental benefits, including water conservation
Droughts and water shortages are sadly all too common throughout California and has affected Santa Rosa before, requiring homeowners to become more savvy with how they use water in landscaping. As well, natural lawns often require dangerous chemicals and pesticides, leading to potential contamination via direct contact or water-run-off. Synthetic grass does not require watering or fertilizer for maintenance, so your lawn will look great no matter what. You’ll also be benefiting the environment by using fewer chemicals, so it’s a win-win for everyone!
- Weeds and wildlife
The bane of every homeowner, these pests have been known to destroy beautiful lawns. But wildlife will not eat synthetic grass, minimizing their damaging impact. And during installation, a weed barrier is often placed. But even if you choose not to install this type of cloth, the majority of invasive plants still cannot break through the synthetic grass backing. If you’re tired of dealing with pests, artificial grass might be your best choice.
Benefits of Synthetic Grass
While this type of landscaping may seem cost-prohibitive at first, there are so many budget-friendly and lifestyle benefits to synthetic grass installation. Along with the perks outlined under what details matter for choosing artificial landscaping, you can’t forget about these as well:
- 8-15 year lifetime before replacement is needed
- Completely non-flammable
- Excellent drainage to prevent rainwater runoff
- No more mowing
- Year-round beautiful grass
If you’ve considered all the factors and the benefits fit within your budget, it’s time to reach out to an established Santa Rosa landscaper certified to install synthetic grass. Northview Landscaping specializes in synthetic grass installation, and we’ll be able to help you find the best options for your budget as well as guarantee a job well done during installation for long-term quality and beauty.