Artificial Grass vs Natural Grass

Roll on just a few short years and all that has now changed. You still have the benefits that it hard wearing and requires little care and attention but you now also have something that looks like the real thing and complements your home, garden or commercial space. So, not only does it have a multitude of practical uses, it also looks good and feels far better than what was available just a few short years ago.

In the harsh Australian climate, if wish to maintain a natural grass lawn you are likely to find it extremely difficult, not to mention expensive. Some areas, such as Brisbane and along the Sunshine Coast experience long hot summers with the sun baking down on the grass. This is not an environment that is enjoyed by a natural lawn and, if you are lucky, it will just turn a little yellow or brown but in most cases, it will just die as it can’t cope with the conditions.

Artificial lawns, on the other hand, are designed to withstand the extremes of weather. They won’t need watering, cutting or any other of the tasks that you would associate with the real thing. You can sit back, relax and enjoy it rather than seeing it as something that is a chore. They require very little maintenance and will last for years to come. A good quality version will be the envy of your friends so it is well worth paying just that little bit extra to get a premium product that you can be proud of.

Artificial grass is ideal for domestic and commercial premises where it is particularly useful at sporting venues. At sporting venues, it is still hard wearing but has a very similar feel to the natural variety which is important when you think about the AstroTurf pitches of 20 years ago some of the injuries that were suffered as a direct result of the pitch. Thankfully that has all changed with the technological advances and the improvements to the 100% manmade fibres.

If you are considering artificial grass as an option for your premises it is important that you choose a company that you can trust. You need a product that will be able to stand up to all the rigours that you are going to throw at it and, not only, that look just like the real thing. A professional company will address all of these matters and give you exactly what you are looking for.

Making Compost From Grass Cuttings

Essentially you must keep in as much heat as possible. One way is to make the pile a large one, although in warmer climes the heat comes naturally within the pile and requires little assistance. Plastic compost bins, or adapted receptacles, are much better than using ordinary plastic bags, are very sturdy and make a big difference.

The actions to take are fairly simple. Firstly, you need to make a layer of grass cuttings about 20 cm in depth. Next, spread a layer of shredded carbohydrate rich material,l such as newspaper or sawdust, over the surface. You can even use oatbran or such like if you have any stale cereal in the cupboard. A couple of small handfuls should be plenty. Now you need to cover this with a thin layer of soil. Approximately 2.5cm will provide an abundance of bacteria and will additionally absorb the water and gases which stop the compost making process. Continue in this manner until all of the grass cuttings are used, then cover the top to keep out the rain, or simply place the lid on the plastic compost bin.

Next time you mow your lawn simply repeat the process on top of the previous pile. A pile made in Spring or Summer can be used in late Autumn or the following Spring. If the grass has been treated with a feed and weed spray leave at least six months between placing grass cuttings on the pile and using the compost.

As well as grass cuttings I tend to add other natural matter such as vegetable peel or other similar waste. I try to avoid anything which contains seeds as these have the potential to sprout and grow in the compost pile. I also absolutely avoid adding any weed matter to my pile as they have the same reaction as seeds, which then defeats the whole object.

Benefits of Synthetic Grass

Minimal Maintenance

Taking care of a yard takes time. Depending on the size of a yard and the frequency of tasks, the time investment in a yard can be significant. Mowing, edging, and fertilizing can seem to take up an entire weekend, and the tasks then need to be repeated throughout the warmer months. With synthetic grass, this maintenance simply disappears, freeing you for more enjoyable pursuits.

Cost Savings

Maintaining a yard involves a variety of expenses. From tools and equipment to products like fertilizer, people tend to spend money on a continual basis to keep the grass green and healthy. On average, consumers could spend $500 per year or even more on this type of maintenance, and prices for materials continue to rise. Installing artificial turf may have an initial cash outlay, but this expense is a one-time event without the costs continuing to accrue.

Lack of Chemicals

Keeping the turf lush and green often involves copious amounts of potentially harmful chemicals. The chemicals are designed to protect the turf and prevent weeds from encroaching. Chemicals are also used to enhance growth and make a lawn thicker and greener. With synthetic grass, the homeowner can skip the potentially hazardous chemicals while still enjoying a beautiful lawn.

Enhanced Drainage

Puddles of standing water can be damaging for natural grass. These types of moisture problems can also create a muddy landscape that makes it difficult to enjoy a yard. With synthetic grass, drainage will cease to be a problem. Rainwater will drain away quickly. The rain also serves as an excellent method of renewing and washing the artificial turf, and it will dry without issue.

Durability

With natural grass, some homeowners cringe at a lot of foot traffic because the roots of the lawn can be fragile. These worries disappear with artificial turf, because this surface is exceptionally durable.

Care For Bermuda Grass

Bermuda needs full sunlight in order to form a turf that is tight and lush green. Too much shade can make the Bermuda lawn too weedy and thin. Bermuda lawns usually survives drought on a periodic basis. Water the lawn when the dry spell lasts for as long as two weeks or more.

When you have Bermuda in your lawn, you must feed it properly. This is done by fertilizing it correctly. You know that you are doing this if the Bermuda knits itself in a turf that is strong enough to resist weeding.

A homeowner can have a Bermuda lawn just by following the step-by-step program of Bermuda grass lawn care. With proper watering and mowing, the Bermuda lawn will grow healthy and strong.

Bermuda spreads through stolons and rhizomes. These are the above-ground stems and spreading roots respectively. Because these spread fast, the homeowner must be vigilant when it comes to keeping out of shrub or flower borders. Bermuda that has become wayward is easy to dig during the winter because it has become dormant.

Here are some steps to remedy the weed problems on Bermuda lawn care:

  • Apply pre-emergences during very early spring.
  • Control the lawn weeds during early spring.
  • Apply fertilizer during late spring after 50% green up. Do insect control when necessary.
  • Bermuda likes acid soils. When needed to raise pH, apply lime during the late fall.

Here are some steps to maintain your Bermuda lawn’s good condition

  • Apply high nitrogen fertilizers every month to six weeks during the summer months
  • Apply fertilizer until early September and do insect control during late spring or during early summer.
  • Apply winter lawn treatment with a pre emergence and Potash the end of October (winter conditioner) and do insect control when needed during late summer or during early fall.

The key is to do the steps indicated throughout the year. You will see improvements in your Bermuda lawn after that given time. Remember to read the label on the lawn care product before you apply it to your Bermuda grass. You have to be careful with the weed killers and fertilizers. Only use products that have been specified for Bermuda grass lawn care.