Two Unusual Uses For Artificial Grass
For the past decade or so, artificial grass has been one of the fastest-growing materials on the home and garden market. From being regarded with suspicion and considered a sub-par stand-in for a real lawn, this material has gone on to catch up to its natural counterpart in terms of widespread popularity, and even supplant it in certain instances. Playing fields for ball and team sports, for example, have progressively been shifting from natural lawn carpets to artificial turf coverings, with club managers becoming increasingly aware of the benefits this change brings to gameplay. Similarly, many home-owners have opted to replace the natural grass in their front or back garden with artificial grass, attracted by the lower maintenance requirements, longer durability and overall cleanliness of the material.
Yet while these are usually the most widespread and commonly known uses for this material, they are far from the only ones. In recent years, imaginative home-owners and landscapists have come up with a number of more unusual, but no less effective uses for artificial grass. Two of those are listed in the lines below.
Swimming Pool Lining
Using artificial grass to line a swimming pool is probably not something many people will have thought of, yet the material boasts several characteristics which make it suitable for such a purpose. For instance, artificial grass tends to be quite absorbent, meaning users getting out of the pool will quickly find their feet dry. Not only that, this absorbent quality also helps reduce the risk of slipping, one of the main hazards when walking poolside. Finally, the dirt-free nature of the material ensures clean feet upon re-entering the house, even when not wearing flip-flops.
In addition to being absorbent, soft and gentle on bare feet, artificial grass is not affected by chlorine or other substances normally associated with pools. What this means is that even prolonged exposure to the most common pool-treating chemicals and substances will not cause the look of poolside artificial grass to fade. When combined with the qualities described above, this trait further contributes to make artificial grass an underrated, yet perfect choice for poolside lining.
Golf Course Lining
Another undervalued use for artificial grass which has slowly but surely begun to spread in recent years is as the lining for golf courses. The increasing popularity of this material as the carpeting for this type of installation might have something to do with the fact that it does away with many of the defects artificial grass presents in the context of the game of golf.
Notably, artificial grass will not become bogged down or heavy, facilitating ball movement even under adverse conditions. Similarly, this material does away with the problem of divots, making the game far more enjoyable and less problematic for players. In addition, while turf can get too hot for comfort in warm weather, it will not require the same amount of care under these conditions as natural grass would, as there is no risk that the blades will dry up.
It is clear, then, that the potential uses for artificial grass stretch far beyond the usual back yard lawn replacement or sports field covering. The material’s renowned versatility and characteristics make it ideal for a number of other, less readily apparent purposes, such as the ones outlined in the lines above. With new uses for artificial grass being discovered every day, and the material’s popularity in both the home and garden and sports and leisure market continuing to grow, it is to be expected that turf carpets become the norm for lining formerly grass-covered areas in years to come!