Why Artificial Grass is Perfect for the Rainy Season

With winter more than halfway done and spring fast approaching, homeowners in Sacramento are beginning to wonder if their artificial turf lawn will be able to handle the coming rainy season without suffering damage. While California is more infamous for earthquakes than any kind of harsh weather, Sacramento and the surrounding area still gets an average of 20 inches of rain every year. Fortunately, an artificial grass installation is good at handling both droughts and heavy rainfall as long as the proper precautions are taken.

First and most importantly, the synthetic turf itself is almost impossible to damage by rainfall. Artificial grass has blades made of a waterproof polyethylene material, which lets them dry out quickly rather than retain water after the rain is finished. Artificial grass is also supported by a porous backing that lets rainfall flow through unimpeded rather than trapping it on the surface to create puddles and pools. If properly installed and maintained, a synthetic grass lawn will quickly dry out after a storm. Additionally, because artificial grass doesn’t require soil to grow in, there will never be any risk of it creating mud and tracking that inside on your shoes or a pet’s paws. Synthetic turf is also extremely durable, with the blades tightly bound into the backing, making it almost impossible to track the blades inside as well. Our turf products are capable of draining 30 inches of rain per hour per square yard, meaning that they can easily handle California weather. Therefore, as long as you keep the drainage system clear, you shouldn’t have any problems with pools or puddles on your Sacramento artificial turf lawn.

In fact, the rainy season can even be a benefit for your synthetic turf lawn. While artificial grass doesn’t need to be watered for nourishment reasons, it does benefit from occasional rinsing to clean off dirt. This means that when it rains, you get a rinse for free. However, rain can deposit debris like leaves and fallen branches, which you should remove by hand or brush away. If you do use a brush, get one with synthetic bristles; metal bristles or wires can damage the blades of your turf. 

After a particularly hard rain, there’s a chance that your lawn can look flattened and matted. This usually happens after heavy amounts of foot traffic, but rain can force the blades of grass down as well. Fortunately, a simple brushing after the rain has fallen will help lift the blades and have them standing on end once more. This will help keep the turf upright and prevent the infill from compacting, which keeps debris from gathering as well. As stated before, however, make sure that you use a tool that won’t harm your synthetic grass lawn. 

With just a little maintenance and vigilance, your Sacramento synthetic turf lawn should be able to withstand the rainy season without any hassle. When it comes to synthetic grass, trust the experts at Artificial Turf by Fenix. We can help you pick out the perfect type of turf for your needs and install it at your home or business at an affordable rate. Call us today at (877) 673-8873 to learn more about our synthetic grass products and services or to get a free, no-obligation estimate.

How Artificial Grass Saves You Money

A major point of concern for any Sacramento home improvement or renovation project is making sure that it saves you money in the long run. Energy-efficient lightbulbs, improved insulation, water-saving faucets, and more are all common ways homeowners are shaving dollars off of their utility bills. But did you know that an artificial grass lawn can also help you save money? With synthetic turf, not only can you have a lush green lawn all year round, but you can also end up coming out ahead financially compared to having a sod grass lawn. 

While there are initial installation costs to consider, the vast majority of money spent on a lawn will be its long-term maintenance. This is where the differences between synthetic and natural grass truly shine. A natural grass lawn needs to be watered, mowed, trimmed, fertilized, seeded, and treated with pesticides regularly, all of which add considerable costs over the years. And this is assuming that everything works as intended to! If your lawn’s irrigation system or your mower breaks down, you could be forced to spend hundreds of dollars to fix the issue. 

A synthetic turf lawn, meanwhile, has far less rigorous maintenance requirements. Typically, artificial grass will only require a bi-annual brushing with a power broom and an occasional rinsing to remove dirt and debris. This means far less time and money spent on keeping your artificial turf lawn looking green and beautiful. 

Let’s break down the long-term costs for an artificial lawn versus one consisting of natural grass over the span of a single year. A synthetic turf lawn covering 350 square feet will cost you roughly $90 a year for brushing and rinsing it with water. Meanwhile, a natural grass lawn will cost roughly $250 a year for watering, $1200 a year for landscape maintenance, and $200 a year for fertilizer, for a total average cost of $1650 over just a single year! Some will point out that the initial installation of natural grass is cheaper than synthetic turf. This is true, but if you have to get a new irrigation system and a new lawnmower to go with it (both of which can cost up to thousands of dollars), any initial savings you enjoy can quickly evaporate.  

It’s not just money you end up saving, however. With artificial turf’s low water requirements, you can help alleviate the pressure on one of our state’s most precious and precarious resources. Additionally, the low maintenance needs mean you can spend less time having to work on your lawn and more time actually enjoying it. 

If you’d like to explore the possibility of installing a synthetic turf lawn for your Sacramento home or business, come to the experts at Artificial Turf by Fenix. We can consult with you on your turf options and help you choose the best type that will help you save money. After that, we’ll perform a professional installation that will give you a pristine lawn for years to come. To learn more about our synthetic turf products or to schedule an appointment, give us a call today at (877) 673-8873.