Facts About Artificial Grass

Nothing enhances a home’s curb appeal like a lush green lawn. Enjoy a low maintenance yard that also conserves water.

Artificial Grass New Mexico and El Paso, TX

Why Artificial Grass?

A lush green lawn can perfectly compliment a home, adding both beauty and value.  But the hot desert sun and ongoing drought conditions can make maintaining healthy green grass difficult.  That’s why more and more people are turning to EASYLAWN for a synthetic alternative that eliminates maintenance costs and conserves water.

Choose from Over a dozen Varieties

Keeping a healthy and attractive lawn alive in our harsh climate can be a real “pain in the grass.”

Whether you call it Artificial Grass, Synthetic Grass, Synthetic Turf, Artificial Lawns, Synthetic Lawns or Xeriscaping they all add up to the same water saving products.  EASYLAWN provides complete, friendly landscaping service in the El Paso, TX; Albuquerque, NM; Las Cruces, NM; and the entire Southern portion of New Mexico.  Be sure to call us for all your artificial grass, putting greens, decorative rock, and complete landscape design services.  EASYLAWN is your source for artificial grass New Mexico.

Artificial Turf

How would you like to never mow grass again? How about never pulling weeds, fertilizing or worrying about pest in your lawn? These are just a few of the benefits to having artificial turf at your home. Artificial turf allows homeowners to have beautiful and lush lawns without the work and maintenance. Artificial turf is soft to the touch, perfect in every area, even under shady trees that will bring added curb appeal to any home. Homeowners no longer have to be embarrassed with their lawn, nor do they have to spend every weekend working on the lawn- only to be disappointed. Artificial turf is affordable and has a lifespan of up to twenty five years or more! If you are ready to move over to an environmentally friendly lawn, then EASYLAWN is the only choice.

Synthetic Grass

Synthetic grass provides homeowners with a low maintenance surface that never needs to be watered or mowed. When synthetic grass is installed it comes with a drainage that allows water to drain off, while leaving the grass always looking amazing. Synthetic grass is safe and healthy and in the last forty years there has never been a report of someone becoming ill from the synthetic grass. The grass is soft and lush and is being used all over the United States at homes and recreation areas. Synthetic grass comes in all styles. Call the experts at EASYLAWN if you are wanting synthetic grass installed at your home, or you have any questions!

Never mow again or fuss with weeds or fertilizer. Today’s artificial grass looks and feels natural, and conserves water, too.

Many homeowners over the last 10 years have decided they would rather spend their weekends entertaining and relaxing rather than pushing around lawn tools and pulling weeds. This trend has led to increased sales in the hardscaping industry. Homeowners now prefer a low maintenance yard without the ongoing cost of water and upkeep! Thus many people turning to synthetic grass to provide that green look that softens the appearance of any yard and provides a place for activity.

As many homeowners age, they seek easier alternatives to the high maintenance yards of the past. This allows travel with a sense of peace knowing that everything at home is safe and sound. Some have also become frustrated by the unpredictability of the weather- floods and rain one year, severe drought the next. Due to the severe weather patterns, some have given up for the more predictable look of pavers, concrete, outdoor kitchens, and artificial grass.

Faux foliage has even seen an uptick, replacing real shrubs and palm trees with artificial ones. Though pricier than the real thing, the faux foliage will last for three years without fading, It’s especially popular with second-home owners who don’t want to deal with long-distance upkeep or the prospect of weeding on their vacations. People want everything aesthetically pleasing all the time!

So consider your options, and see if Easylawn has a place in your yard!

A couple things about our turf:

Most turfs are made of polypropylene with a “thatch” on the bottom. That thatch is usually also poly, but can be nylon in some instances. As you have seen visually, the thatch can be brown, green, or a combination of both. This curly fiber is designed to give the longer blades support and add overall weight.

The blades of the grass can be in different shapes…some are s-blades, m-blades, v-blade and so on. This can be hard to see but if you look really close to the end of the blade you can probably see this. Some of these blades me be rather stiff in feel while others may be softer. Typically the more rigid the blade, the better it will do with foot traffic as it tends to “pop up” better when walked on. Many prefer the feel of the softer blade but it will matte down quicker since the fibers are softer. Infill, which can be silica sand, zeolite or crumb rubber, can be added to the grass to make the softer grasses stand up better. In the direct sunlight, even the stiffest blades will be relatively soft.

If someone is doing a backyard where they anticipate foot traffic due to parties, kids, dogs, etc., the type of grass needs to be considered as generally you want to sell 1.) a heavier weight grass that will have some softness and a spongy type feel due to the overall face weight or 2.)a rigid blade grass that will bounce back regardless of the weight.

We generally sell products that range from 50 oz to 100 oz, and everywhere in between. There are products that are as low as 38 oz., but these are very thin and not something we sell unless requested for a very large area due to cost.
There are also a few products that supposedly are a little cooler in the direct sun. We currently sell two of these types and are advertised as being 10 to 12 percent cooler. Keep in mind, they are still relatively hot when it’s 100 degrees outside, but may persuade a customer should they have heat concerns.

All synthetic grass is going to have holes on the back for drainage. These are punched in after the grass has been made and are spaced evenly on the back of the grass. As far as the backing, most synthetic grass has a urethane backing. Some companies have different versions of backing, but for the most part they are basically the same. You can get backing with a built in pad or even with a felt like product that is glued to the back so you don’t see the stitches. These are available but not something we have readily available and would be a special order.

Pet turf differs somewhat from other types of grass in that the blade height is typically shorter. If you have a dog run or kennel, customers are likely going to have lots of foot traffic especially if they have multiple dogs. The shorter pile height, combined with an zeolite (dog friendly), will make the blades stand up even with heavy traffic. Most normal synthetic grasses will have a blade height of 1.5” to 1.75”.

Finally, in regards to putting greens…there is nylon and polypropylene. Both are solid choices with nylon expected to last a little longer. Nylon comes in a variety of colors ranging from a very light, bright green to a dark one color. We sell more of the nylon 2 tone as it is a good compromise between the two. If approached by a serious golfer who demands the best, we have a product that rolls extremely fast and is endorsed by some in the PGA community. There are also specific fringe materials and driving mats available.

Synthetic Grass vs. Sod Cost

Average New Mexico backyard is 300 – 500 sq. ft. For this example we are using 300 sq. ft. and a synthetic lawn life expectancy of 10 years, which is low if properly taken care of.

Synthetic grass cost including installation is approximately $4-8 sq. ft. If we use $6 as the medium, the cost of a synthetic lawn would be as follows – $6 x 300 sq. ft. equals $1,800.

  • Sod cost including installation is approximately $2.00 a sq. ft. ($2.00 x 300 = $600).
  • Unless you want to water by hand, sod needs a pressurized irrigation system with an average cost of $1,000 with timer.
  • Sod will need mowed and fertilized. Average cost of owning a mower is $200 a year. Fertilizing $40 per year x 10 years = $400
  • Water usage average is 30,000 gallons per year at $40 per year x 10 years = $400
  • Sod patch/replacement = $100

Cost to own real grass = $2,700
Cost to own synthetic lawn = $1,800 – with the added benefit of
NEVER having to mow the lawn!

CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF YOUR NEW LAWN

One of the most appealing features of synthetic grass is that it does not require the care and maintenance of a natural grass. You will never have to mow, fertilize, aerate, or use large amounts of water to maintain a luxurious, green yard you can be proud of.

However, this does mean you synthetic lawn is completely free of maintenance. In order to keep your synthetic grass looking its best and to get the full life expectancy of out your purchase, it is advised you perform at least a few maintenance procedures on a fairly regular basis.

-General Maintenance-

How often you need to do this maintenance will largely depend on your usage and how particular you are in regards to its appearance.

If you have lots of foot traffic, parties, outdoor pets, children, or lots of trees and foliage, you will likely need to clean or fluff the synthetic grass more often than homeowners who strictly use the product for visual purposes only. This cleaning procedure can be as easy as investing in a leaf blower and occasionally blowing the debris off, while also blowing up the fibers to ensure a more realistic appearance.

Lawn Cleaning Basics:

General blowing with leaf blower
You may also use a plastic lawn rake, or a stiff bristled broom or brush to clean. You do not want to use steel bristles as it may damage the turf.
Rinse down with water. In desert climates, you may deal with more dust and dirt than other parts of the country. If this is the case, you may rinse the lawn down on a semi-regular basis with a hose and nozzle. If you are receiving rain, that should be sufficient in keeping your synthetic lawn clean and not require as much manual rinsing.

Fiber Rentention (Keeping blades upright)
When cleaning, simply groom your lawn by brushing against the grain to promote the blades to an upright position.
Regular “fluffing” also prevents matting, keeping your lawn realistic and durable
Extreme matting may be able to be fixed, however it is recommended you seed out a synthetic lawn professional to handle this type of evaluation.
If you feel your artificial lawn does not have enough infill, please call your provider.


-Removing Pet Waste from Artificial Grass-

Synthetic lawn is a safe and friendly product that provides a clean environment for both kids and pets. Pet owners will encounter little maintenance in order to keep the grass looking great all year.

Cleaning up after pets

Remove pet waste using whatever method you would use on natural grass.
After removing solid waste, hose down the area in which it was located.
Generally speaking, most dogs prefer certain spots in which to go, so observing those areas can reduce the amount of time and effort required to eliminate urine issues.
Urine areas can be hosed down as needed to keep the area clean. It can also be beneficial to use turf deodorizer on the problem areas. These products can be purchased online and well as a few
good alternatives at home improvement stores. If you wish to treat your entire lawn, you can use a garden hose attachment, like those used to spray real grass fertilizers.
You may be able to train your dog to go to the bathroom in a designated area that is not covered by turf. This area could be covered with dirt, gravel or mulch.
Some homeowners have concerns that the dog may pull up or ruin the grass. Although this is not generally the case, some installation techniques can be used that will make it virtually impossible for the dog to do any damage. Of course, these options generally incur an additional cost.
If installing grass in a designated dog run or kennel, it is recommended you consider a drain core, which acts as a buffer in between the grass and the dirt. This allows additional air flow, and when combined with a Zeolite type infill, gives homeowners a functional and efficient pet solution.

-Cleaning spills and other unexpected stains-

In everyday life, things get spilled. Kids tip things over, pets are curious and accidents happen. You may encounter a situation where oils, paints, candy, blood or something of this nature have been spilled.

Artificial turf is stain resistant, which generally makes cleaning up spills relatively stress free. Many stains can simply be washed away with the water hose. If some of the stain remains after applying the water, try using a mild soap with warm water. You may also try a half vinegar, half water mixture which can assist in removing bacteria. Grease and oils do present a problem, so pay special attention to prevent spills.

Some keys to more stubborn stains:

As most stains, you must try to address the spill in a quick manner. Most spills will be easier to remove when they are still in liquid form.
Chewing gum, candy and other sticky substances can usually be removed just by picking them up with your hand; however, if a piece of chewing gum is being particularly difficult to remove, you can chill the gum with an ice cube to make it easier to remove completely.
Grease, lubricants, and oils can damage your grass. Do your best to keep these substances away from the lawn area if at all possible. A grill for cooking is generally close to the grass area. Take extra care knowing the potential pitfalls of hot grease and oil.
Be cognizant to not tear or damage the grass. You may use some solvents, but be very careful.

– Burns from fire or cigarette-

Artificial grass can burn from cigarettes, embers from a fire or grill, or even fireworks. We advise you do these things in a designated area that is a safe distance from your investment. Often, burned areas can be replaced or patched. Please call your synthetic lawn provider to obtain repair options.

-Window Magnification-

All artificial grass will become warm, or even hot when in direct sunlight. It is possible that turf can burn or singe due to window magnification much like you would see from a magnifying glass. Generally, this happens when homeowners have energy efficient windows and doors made from low emissivity glass

This type of double-pane glass prevents heat from entering the home in summer months and to prevent heat from leaving the home in colder months. To achieve this, low-E glass reflects sunlight, which can result in an intense, focused heat similar to what can be achieved using a magnifying glass.

The easiest way to avoid having your synthetic grass burned by window magnification is to find simple solutions that allow you to block potential window glare. If the windows threatening your fake grass are on your home, you can install awnings, shutters, screens, or shades to minimize reflections. . If installing turf right up against a window, be advised that it could be damaged and be prepared to replace that area with a planter or some other type of ground cover.

-Snow and Ice Removal-

Unless not an option, it is recommended that you allow the snow and ice to melt naturally. All synthetic lawn has drainage, so as it melts it will drain slowly into the ground. You can remove a minor snowfall easily with a broom.

If faced with removing a large amount of snow, please allow several inches between the snow blower or shovel and the grass, as you do not want to damage the artificial turf. Remove the remaining with a blower or broom.
ENJOY YOUR LAWN! With a little care and maintenance, you can be sure you will get the most out of your investment. Very little is required to maintain artificial grass, but don’t consider it a “no maintenance” product, but “low maintenance”.

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