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Considering Turf for Your Home Turf

by Joe Cooper, All About Lawns Columnist

When Keeping it Real is Overrated

Tired of watering, mowing, seeding, fertilizing, and weed-killing? Fake grass can offer your yard a number of benefits, including the following:

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  • Make it greener
  • Eliminate patches
  • Less weeds
  • Make it thicker
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  • Low maintenance
  • Increased durability and sustainability
  • Same look and feel as real grass

Many homeowners are very pleased with the final product when they install fake grass, which can last up to ten years or more if installed and maintained correctly. If you're thinking about this kind of change for your yard, read on. Here are a few things you should bear in mind before you browse.

Fast Facts on Fake Grass

Making any improvement to your property is all about doing the right research ahead of time. Keep these key terms in mind as you do your research on fake grass:

  • Weight: Just like a carpet, fake grass comes in different variety of thicknesses. Most fake grass is made with a certain percentage of nylon, making it durable and weather-resistant. The more nylon, the more depth and the higher the quality of the grass. Of course, this also drives the cost of the grass, making it an important consideration.
  • Yarn: Like the fibers of a rug, the "yarn" composition of fake grass refers to how many microns per blade are used. This informs the shape and the look of the grass. Yarn is another component of the quality of fake grass.
  • Installation: This is a very important consideration for fake grass. Like any landscaping change, a high quality installation can make the difference between a long-lasting, sustainable improvement, and a risky, more-than-you-bargained-for change. This is something you definitely want to leave to the pros, so they can handle things like the surface of your yard, the edging, and any "sculpting" that needs to be done to make your fake grass look real and beautiful.

Choosing Fake Grass for Your Yard

This exercise looks a lot like other home improvements, like choosing the best carpets. After you do some initial research, you definitely want to see the product in-person. Visit a friend's or neighbor's with fake grass. Check out the offerings at your local home improvement store. Walk around on it, feel it, and get to know it as best you can.

When you're ready, it's time to talk to the pros. They can help you determine the best choice for your yard.

About the Author
Joe Cooper writes education, home services, and design articles, and manages corporate communications. He holds a bachelor's in American Literature from UCLA.

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