Many aspects of home ownership make it different from renting a property. Maintenance is the responsibility of the homeowner, along with upkeep and yard work to make the property look presentable from the outside.
Some housing developments require homes to look a certain way, either to keep up with the style of the neighborhood or to keep the housing values up in the area. One of these details is to keep the garden and lawn up to the standards that are set by the homeowners association.
This may be a tedious task for some owners who lack the time, patience, or knowledge for upkeep. A simple solution for these situations might be to install synthetic grass to keep the lawn uniform.
Benefits of synthetic grass
One of the main benefits of using synthetic grass is the ease of upkeep. The product is low maintenance and can be expected to last 8 to 10 years or more. But that mainly depends on the turf manufacturer, along with any warranties that may be available for the product. Keeping the grass free of debris, sanitized, and groomed can help it last longer.
Synthetic grass can be cost-efficient; you save on water and buying and operating a lawn mower, since neither is needed. Cost can also be saved because there will be no need to replant, as happens with natural grass.
The use of synthetic grass reduces the amount of chemicals that are used on regular grass lawns and thereby shrinks the home’s carbon footprint. Synthetic grass offers good drainage and will dry quickly after it gets wet. This means that puddles of water will not occur that could damage a natural grass lawn.
How to install
Synthetic grass will incur an upfront cost and time to be able to get the product installed. Pre-installation occurs when existing materials are removed, along with capping or relocation of sprinkler systems and even electrical wiring, if any of these items are in the way or can be potentially damaged.
Preparing the base, then installation of the weed retardant layer will keep the synthetic grass from damage that can occur from weeds and other undergrowth. Laying the turf comes next, followed by custom fitting and tucking in the edges to make the grass look seamless.
Installation can be done by hiring a professional, or renting the necessary equipment, purchasing the materials, and following guidelines set by professionals for a do-it-yourself project to make your home look more presentable.