There is no denying that a lush front lawn and backyard garden enhances the appeal of a home. Unfortunately, maintaining a beautiful lawn of healthy grass can be a little difficult for some people living in Dallas, TX due to the heat. As such, some homeowners spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars just to make sure their lawns stay a vibrant green all year long. There is, however, an alternative to all this: synthetic grass.
Over the last few years, more and more homeowners in Dallas are making the switch from natural grass to synthetic grass—and it’s not hard to see why. Today’s synthetic grass is nearly indistinguishable from natural grass. Of course, the aesthetic advantage isn’t the only reason why you should consider switching to synthetic grass. Here are a few more advantages you can enjoy:
Save on Your Water Bills
Since artificial turf is made from plastics, you need not worry about having to water your lawn too often. This leads to significant savings on your water bills, especially if you have a large lawn or backyard garden. Keep in mind though, that synthetic grass still needs to be watered every now and then, but only to help wash away pet urine or to cool down the grass during especially hot summer days. Over time, the amount you save on your monthly bills can cover the cost of having the artificial grass installed in the first place.
Spend Less Time on Maintenance
It’s highly unlikely that maintaining the grass on your lawn is anywhere near the top of your favorite household chores. After all, there are better ways to use the time you have to set aside for removing weeds or mowing. Fortunately, you get to spend less time on maintaining your lawn and more time on the things you love to do when you have synthetic grass installed since mowing and de-weeding are no longer necessary. As you can imagine, re-sodding also becomes unnecessary so you won’t have to set aside an entire weekend just to sod your lawn.
Keep Kids and Pets Safe
Natural grass is susceptible to becoming infested with weeds or pests like chinch bugs or ants. As a result, homeowners often have to use chemical herbicides and/or pesticides that may be harmful to children and pets. Both issues are moot when you decide to have artificial grass installed. Weeds have nothing to cling to because synthetic grass clings to a sand or rubber in-fill. Additionally, the lack of actual grass deprives pests of a food source, dissuading them from even trying to invade your lawn.
Help the Environment
Some people believe that synthetic grass is bad for the environment just because it’s made from plastic. This is a common misconception. In fact, artificial grass is more environmentally friendly than you might initially believe. Most synthetic grass is made from recycled plastic, which helps reduce the amount of plastic that enters landfills. You can also easily send older synthetic grass off for recycling when it’s time to replace existing synthetic grass.
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