If you think synthetic grass is just for putting greens and trailer parks, think again! The synthetic grass industry has come a long way in recent years and now there are a wide variety of products available that are difficult to distinguish from a well-manicured, natural grass lawn. Take a look at the synthetic grass that Jessica Alba and Cash Warren installed around the pool. Made from recycled plastic and tires, the lawn saves water, looks real, and eliminates pesticides.
Why is synthetic grass growing in popularity amongst homeowners?
- Low maintenance: Synthetic grass requires no mowing, fertilizing, or aerating, saving you hours of time.
- Less expensive: While synthetic grass is more expensive to install than sod, the cost should be recouped in two to three years with savings on water and lawn maintenance.
- Saves water: Each square foot of synthetic turf replacing the real thing is estimated to save 55 gallons of water.
- Environmentally-friendly: Bugs and other insects are not attracted to synthetic grass the way they are a natural lawn, so there is virtually no need for pesticides or other lawn chemicals. This is not only good for the environment, but for children and pets too!
Synthetic grass is manufactured with state of the art technology, made with highly durable polypropolene fibers designed to withstand the damaging effects of sun, rain, and snow. It looks and feels like real grass but without all the constant care a real lawn requires. Unlike the turf used at traditional miniature golf courses, which is made of nylon fibers, polypropolene turf is specifically designed to simulate natural grass.
If you’re frustrated by your lawn and the time it takes to care for it, or if you are concerned for the environment, synthetic grass could be for you. An experienced synthetic grass contractor can install your grass in no time so you can start enjoying your new green lawn!
The land around your home can be used for many things. For people who enjoy golfing, it is possible to build a putting green into your landscape that can be used for fun, practice and entertainment. Putting makes up about 40 percent of your golf game, so the best way to cut strokes off your handicap is to practice your short game. Where else is putting practice more convenient than in your own backyard?
Personal putting greens were once considered a luxury enjoyed by celebrities and pro-golfers, but now they are growing in popularity amongst homeowners and recreational golfers. Take a look at the beautiful putting green we designed and installed for a home in the Dallas-Fort Worth area!
Dallas Putting Green and Fencing
Installing a professional putting green can be rather complicated, so it’s a good idea to work with a qualified landscape design and installation contractor that specializes in constructing putting greens. They can advise you on issues including:
- Drainage: For a really smooth coating of grass, drainage must be perfect. The base beneath your putting green should be made of sand or soil mixed with a high sand content. To make sure the drainage works efficiently, it is a good idea to raise the putting green slightly above the rest of the area. The putting green lawn should be kept watered evenly and carefully weeded.
- Turf: To get the kind of lawn needed to surface a smooth putting green, you need to use special turf varieties that will grow the fine blades to form a velvety, even carpet. These are special grass varieties developed specifically for this use and are usually planted by sod, sprigs or plugs.
- Grading: Make sure the contours of the putting green surface are calculated by someone who understands how the ball will respond on its roll into the hole.
- Irrigation: Locate your putting green where it is in full sun and set up a limited, low-volume sprinkler system to keep the area well watered without waste or run-off.
Whether you are practicing putting, chipping, pitching or approach shots, your backyard putting green shouldn’t be a one size fits all. Also, no matter what type of putting green you design, landscaping around the green should be considered along with the installation of your putting green. Great landscaping will ensure that your home golf green looks as though it has been in your backyard all along!