If you are looking for an alternative to the rock and gravel options for decorating around your home, you might want to consider artificial grass. This look can provide an exceptional upgrade to the general look of your property. The green offers a brilliant contrast to the brown and earth tones of your construction and the area around it, which can really highlight your house. Of course, you might have heard all sorts of negative talk about artificial grass that might prevent you from making the upgrade. However, most of these myths are nothing more than fabrications that simply aren’t true. While there is a large number of falsifications regarding artificial grass, these are the top 10.
Myth 1: Artificial grass contains lead and other material that are dangerous to children and pets.
This is a myth that has been around for a long time but simply is not true. It might have held some reasoning back in the 1980s, back when the fake indoor grass carpeting started to come into play, but there is no lead or other harmful chemicals in artificial grass. In fact, you are more likely to come in contact with grass that is full of pesticides than any sort of harmful product in artificial grass. Artificial grass is designed to be completely safe for all humans and animals.
Myth 2: Artificial grass does not drain well.
There is a difference between high quality artificial grass and poorly installed synthetic grass. Lower quality, artificial grass can have poor drainage. This is because the fake grass is essentially nothing more than a carpet that covers your property and essentially holds up the moisture when it does rain. That is why it is so important to utilize quality artificial grass. Quality products drain just as well as traditional grass, as there are pores inside of the grass along the base of the installation that allows the rainwater and pet waste to flow easily through.
Myth 3: All artificial grass is the same.
All artificial grass is not the same to say the least. For starters, there is the drainage aspect to take into play, the actual material used in production can vary, the method for which it is installed and several other elements can change, depending on the kind of artificial grass used.
Myth 4: Artificial grass becomes too hot under the sun to where it is not safe.
This is the assumption that artificial grass is simply made from plastic and it absorbs the heat just like plastic. This is not accurate as the fibers are not completely smooth, which would simply catch the sun and reflect the heat back while also catching the heat. Instead, the fibers actually dissipate the sun’s rays, which helps reduce the heat. In fact, the artificial grass is far cooler to touch than what you find on stones and cement under the sun which is the alternative.
Myth 5: Artificial grass is only designed for sporting event and activities.
Artificial grass started as a sporting alternative to grass, but this is no longer the only use of the material. It has come to a point where fake grass makes for an excellent replacement to traditional grass just about anywhere, and it can be used in place of real grass just about any time.
Myth 6: Artificial grass must be installed over a cement pad in order to provide an even level of shock absorption.
At one point in time, this proved the case with athletic artificial turf. However, now there are different products used as shock absorbing materials.
Myth 7: Artificial grass does not require any maintenance
This is not completely true. It still requires occasional brushing and sweeping in order to keep it at its optimal appearance. It varies depending on the brand and material used, but while it does not require the same maintenance as regular grass, there is some assistance required.
Myth 8: Rubber is Used in the Production
When you hear about rubber in artificial grass it is not a part of the grass but “in” the grass as rubber infill. While there are some companies that utilize a rubber byproduct for the crumb rubber (which is the dirt equivalent for these companies), we do not use any rubber in the installation. Paradise Greens uses an infill product called Zeofill, which does not contain any rubber.
Myth 9: Replacing natural grass with artificial grass aids global warming.
This is a grossly exaggerated myth. There is no evidence on this topic and the argument for it is that artificial grass does not breathe like natural grass.
Myth 10: Maintaining artificial grass is expensive.
Over time artificial grass will pay for itself in 3-4 years and maintenance going forward does not need mowing, seeding, pesticide spraying, etc. on a monthly basis like natural grass does.