Artificial turf is used for a variety of purposes. It covers lawns and sports fields. It decorates balconies, ship decks and even rooms in houses. It is found in dog runs, walkways and putting greens. These are only a few of the numerous ways artificial grass Austin has been put to use since its inception. One place where artificial grass is commonly found is playgrounds. Why exactly is it used in playgrounds though? To answer this question, here are four reasons putting artificial turf in playgrounds is a choice many deem good.
- Reduces Mess
Artificial turf is cleaner than regular grass due to the fact that it does not use actual dirt or grass. This means no mud to splatter all over children and their clothes, and the green of the synthetic blades doesn’t leave stains. There is not dirt to roll around in, no bare patches where the grass has been uprooted. It makes for an almost mess-free environment.
- Reduces Maintenance Requirements
There is considerably less maintenance associated with artificial grass than with regular grass. This saves money, time and labor. Needs like mowing, fertilizing, watering and weeding are eliminated; artificial turf does not grow and does not need extra supplies to keep it alive since it was never alive to begin with. Artificial turf also does not need to be replanted and is less prone to ant nests and termite hills. It is also easily cleaned with hoses, leaf blowers and/or vacuums.
- Reduces Safety Risks
Playgrounds are (for the most part) for children. Safety is therefore of paramount concern when designing and constructing them; there are certain government safety requirements that must be met. Artificial grass helps meet these because it is often safer than the plain ground. It is softer, cushioning falls and absorbing the shock of impact with the ground when children fall off equipment or fall while running and playing. This lessens the chance of serious injury. Due to its softness and the lack of coarse grit and rocks, there is also a reduced chance of children scraping their knees.
- Reduces Damage
Artificial turf is also less prone to damage. It is sturdy, withstanding the pounding, crushing force of feet better than natural grass, and shade will not kill patches of it, leaving bare, brown spots. Artificial grass is also less vulnerable to the whims of the weather. It is resistant to extreme cold and heat, as well as the withering effects of direct sunlight.
Artificial grass is used in playgrounds for more than just the reasons listed here. Overall, it is a decision that pays off in the long run.