Investing in an
A year ago, Glenda
Robb's front lawn looked like a land mine had exploded there. It was covered in
deep holes and peppered with yellow spots thanks to her family's large dog. With
two kids and a husband who also works full time, the Hamilton, Ont., family didn't
have the time to manicure their lawn every weekend. So, when they saw a friend's
perfect-looking fake lawn, they were sold.
best looking grass on the street," says Robb of her new lawn purchased at
Artificial Grass and Landscaping. "It looks so realistic many people stop
and just want to walk on it." The new lawn is also pet- and kid-friendly.
Since abandoning the real stuff, they've sold their lawn mower
and weed whacker. This spring, they can also forgo the fertilizer and seeding
ritual that is an annual chore for many homeowners. But is the grass that is truly
greener also better? Read on to find out.
Those who detest mowing, fertilizing and weeding can
now have perfect-looking lawns without all of the usual hassle. And if you have
problems growing thick, green grass -- maybe you have bad soil or too many trees
shading your lawn -- the synthetic grass may be just the thing for you.
Generally, pet owners are the No. 1 customers of
fake lawns, but many pool owners also find these lawns helpful if you don't want
grass clippings tracked into the pool.
Many synthetic lawn
companies got their start making AstroTurf, the evergreen sports turf used for
golf courses and football fields. While certainly durable, its rough texture is
only comfortable if you are wearing head-to-toe padding and gear.
residential lawns are softer, and look the part. Instead of offering perfectly
green lawn, some companies offer two-toned grass, throwing in the odd brown or
yellow blade to make it look more authentic.
Fake lawns are
made of synthetic material -- polyethylene (recycled plastic) or nylon, or a combination
of both. When polyethylene is laid down, the space between the blades is filled
with tire rubber that has been frozen to remove any toxicity. This rubber helps
keep the blades standing upright.
Nylon, the newer of the
two materials on the market, does not use filler between the blades; it's considered
the more substantial of the two materials and its blades can stand up on their
own. For this reason, it is the pricier of the two.