See synthetic turf as another option in landscaping


Artificial turf can work well in spaces where natural turf is not practical, such as on the seventh floor of an apartment building.
Photo: Bennett Design & Landscape

For some landscapers, the use of artificial turf on a project is unthinkable, but more and more people see the product as a solution for problem areas rather than a replacement for natural grass as a whole.

David Bennett, president and landscaper of Bennett Design & Landscape in Atlanta, Georgia, is one of the landscapers who sees the possibilities of synthetic grass. His company has been using the product for over six years now.

A popular use for artificial turf is for children's play areas.  Photo: Bennett Design & LandscapeA popular use for artificial turf is for children’s play areas.
Photo: Bennett Design & Landscape

Some of the areas where it is common to install artificial turf are heavily shaded parts of a yard or areas that have drainage issues.

“We can go in and do some type of drainage under the turf and since the turf is very permeable, it allows water to pass through and we can drain underneath, so that’s a really good way to use it. “says Bennett.” We used it, obviously, for the children’s play areas with the leg warmers and we also used it for the pétanque courts and the putting greens. We used it around the swimming pools. . We use it as a springboard, we use it around the springboards and also as a springboard. In our design work we can play with that, which makes it very versatile.

Versatility is one of Bennett’s favorite aspects of artificial turf and he’s always looking for new ways to use it.

“I haven’t used it yet, but I would like to use it more for green wall solutions, combining it with other synthetic materials to create and revegetate these areas,” he says.

While synthetic turf may have started on athletic fields, its presence in residential yards is no longer a new thing. According to Dan Bond, President and CEO of the Synthetic turf board, they experienced double-digit growth for the installation of artificial turf in the landscape.

LawnPop owner Tanner Shepard says business is booming in Austin, Texas. In fact, he says the company has experienced 100 percent annual revenue growth since he started the synthetic turf installation business in 2012.

Synthetic turf can be used in many ways.  Photo: Bennett Design & LandscapeSynthetic turf can be used in many ways.
Photo: Bennett Design & Landscape

“Synthetic turf can be a big part of designing when done correctly and by those in the know,” Shepard says.

The reasons people choose to install artificial turf vary, but some include its low maintenance, longevity, and water savings.

“It’s a good product that can be cleaned up quite easily and used in areas where you wouldn’t normally be able to plant sod or other plants,” says Bennett.

It’s especially popular with pet owners trying to fix a lawn infested with urine burns and dog races.

“We install sod because people are fed up with their pets always stalking mud,” says Keith Derington, founder of Lawn Supply United States, based in Houston, Texas. “Houston is getting rain. A lot of rain.”

Derington estimates that about 90 percent of its facilities are for pet owners.

Bennett believes there is a market for both natural turf and artificial turf, as one can thrive where the other struggles.

“Depending on the weather, climate, shade, sun, you may not always be able to use standard turf or turf, so synthetic material is very practical (because) it can keep these green areas all year round, ”says Bennett.

On the other hand, he recognizes that artificial turf will get hot in sunny areas.

“As a general rule, if it’s a playground or a dog park, we try to keep it in a more shaded part of the yard so that it doesn’t get hot as much,” Bennett explains. .

Instead of trying to grow grass between the cobblestones, Bennett opts for artificial turf.  Photo: Bennett Design & LandscapeInstead of trying to grow grass between the cobblestones, Bennett opts for artificial turf.
Photo: Bennett Design & Landscape

Bond says the board is aware of the heat retention issues with synthetic turf.

“We are constantly developing new technologies to keep the temperature of the turf itself to a minimum and just above it,” says Bond.

For those at the anti-artificial turf camp, Bennett says to consider the benefits it offers and how the facility could be a good source of income.

“You don’t have to water that turf, you don’t have to use chemicals on that turf,” he says. “It’s a very easy product to maintain for many years and also for owners. I think it is an ecological material. The one we use (XGrass) is also made from recyclable materials, so I think that’s a good thing to know.


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