Ramblings

There’s little denying that synthetic grass popularity is growing.

The rise of synthetic grass use across Australia is being seen all over the place – from inner-city sports fields and backyards in Brisbane to pool surrounds on rural properties on the outskirts of Byron Bay.

 

In the suburbs, time-poor households and the way people are choosing to live and spend their free time have led to synthetic grass fast becoming the perfect choice for an aesthetically pleasing, easy-to-maintain lawn.

 

Fake grass looks like the real thing but without the hassle that comes with natural turf: no matter the weather conditions, amount of shade, or the number of energetic children and pets running circles around the yard, synthetic grass will always look its best.

 

In the cities, as more people embrace higher density living, more people will use local facilities such as community sports and playing fields.

 

Natural grass fields can’t withstand the constant use; they require more maintenance and more time to repair and regrow. Whereas, synthetic grass fields deliver a consistent playing surface for everyone.

 

Sydney is a testament to this. Over the last four years, Sydney has seen a surge in synthetic grass sports fields, now with one in almost every Sydney council and more in the pipeline.

 

In the outer suburbs and rural areas, especially along the East Coast of Australia, households are seeing the benefits of swapping the lawnmower for synthetic grass to free up their weekends and focus on other aspects of their home or property.

 

Synthetic Grass Popularity is growing

A synthetic grass pool surround installation for a property on the outskirts of Byron Bay, NSW.

What’s the reason for synthetic grass popularity?

 

High-quality synthetic grass products look and feel like natural turf minus the time and use of chemicals and pesticides needed to maintain a great looking yard.

 

Plus, fake grass is always green, tough and durable, versatile, perfect for shady areas, safe and suitable for a variety of landscapes and weather conditions.

 

And synthetic grass even offers busy people in the outer suburbs the option to have an acreage as well as a low maintenance lifestyle, at least when it comes to looking after the backyard.

 

If you’re thinking of installing synthetic grass, speak with the experts to make an informed choice that suits your needs.

 

Benefits of Hiring a Professional Installer

26 Mar 2018, Posted by Warwick Beale in Ramblings, Residential

Plenty of homeowners are catching on to the benefits of installing synthetic grass.

But given the biggest expense of synthetic grass is the cost of installation, is it worth paying a professional installer to lay synthetic grass?

As professional synthetic grass suppliers and installers we know that correctly installed synthetic grass will save you money in the long run, however, if you get it wrong, it can be a costly mistake.

For the budget conscious, a DIY installation may be an option, but to ensure it pays off, you need to be confident you choose the right product, hire the right equipment, prepare the right foundation, and lay and seam your synthetic grass properly.

This all takes time and physical energy, and depending on the size of your yard, you may need to spread out the installation process over several weekends, pending weather conditions.

If you’re not confident in doing all these things yourself, a professional installer will take care of it for you and ensure you get a superb result.

Professional installers will:

1. Choose the right product

Generally, local, professional synthetic grass installers also supply high-quality Australian made products with a manufacturer’s warranty.

Once they inspect the job site they can recommend the right product to fit your requirements and suit the specific application. They also take care of the delivery – typically delivered in large, heavy rolls –  straight to your door.

2. Use the right equipment

A professional synthetic grass installer will assess what needs to be done to determine what tools and equipment are needed.

Every site is different. For example, all sites will need soil to be removed to make room for the sub-base and turf, but some may need other materials to be excavated such as concrete, clay, rocks, and tree roots. Other sites may have drainage issues or limited access, which could make it difficult to remove the excavated soil and materials and import the necessary sub-base and infill.

No matter the size or complexity of the site, the installer will have everything on hand.

3. Prepare the right foundation

The installer must properly prepare the foundation by installing the sub-base prior to laying the synthetic grass. Unlike natural soil which expands in the wet and contracts when dry, the compacted sub-base made up of sand and gravel remains stable and delivers an even surface for longer.

The sub-base is one of the most important parts of your installation. With several types of sub-base available, your installer will make sure they procure the right sub-base and properly install it for you.

4. Properly install and join

Large installations require more cuts of synthetic grass which means more seaming, the most technically demanding part of an installation. Seaming, the process of joining the abutting edges of two or more pieces of synthetic grass using an adhesive, can make or break an installation.

A professional installer will ensure the pile of the turf is placed in the right direction before properly joining each piece, paying careful attention to making the seams unnoticeable and delivering an even and aesthetically pleasing result.

So, if you value your time, prefer not to organise materials, equipment and soil removal and you’re not so keen on challenging manual labour, using a professional installer for your synthetic grass project is most likely your best option.

Contact GroundAbility to speak with a professional synthetic grass installer about your turf needs.

 

5 Reasons to Get Artificial Grass in Summer

12 Dec 2017, Posted by Warwick Beale in Ramblings, Residential

Let’s face it, Christmas time in Australia is hot, especially in the Sunshine State of Queensland.

From the south of Brisbane to the north of Cairns, temperatures can rise well-above 35°C.

While you and the kids can easily escape inside to air-conditioned comfort, it’s often our backyard lawns and gardens that feel the full brunt of a hot Australian summer.

Preventing your grass from becoming patchy, dry, prickly, and weedy can be hard work.

And with tight water restrictions, homeowners must find novel water-saving ways to simply keep grass alive.

But increasingly, with little time and lots to do, particularly during the busy festive season, homeowners want more than just barely-alive grass.

They want soft, lush, family-friendly, green-all-year-round grass.

And just as Australians are tending to prefer the ease of artificial Christmas trees over real pine trees, many homeowners in Brisbane and across Queensland are opting for artificial grass in summer, over natural turf.

And the reasons are simple.

5 Reasons to Get Artificial Grass in Summer

1. Peace of mind

You and your family can go away on holidays, even during the height of summer, without the worry of coming back to a tired, patchy brown lawn.

2. Style

You have more stylish design options with artificial grass. You can spruce up your outdoor space for summer by integrating artificial grass with stone, tiles and other hardscaping surfaces, creating a stylish yet low maintenance outdoor space.

3. Super versatile

You can use artificial grass in and around almost any landscape situation: in awkwardly shaped spaces, on steep slopes and around gardens beds, steps, and pathways. Saving you the effort of any upkeep during the hottest months.

4. Creativity

You can be more creative with fake grass, by installing it almost anywhere: inside or outside the home, on walls, rooves or even on furniture to create an ever-green space no matter the season.

5. Trouble-free lawn

You can walk barefoot across your synthetic grass lawn without the fear of stepping on bindis – one of the nastiest and most troublesome weeds of lawns in summer, if not properly controlled.

This summer, artificial grass could make the perfect family gift under your Christmas tree.

How to Save Water in Your Garden

14 Nov 2017, Posted by Warwick Beale in Ramblings, Residential

Maintaining your lawn and garden doesn’t need to be thirsty work.

Whether you have a courtyard oasis or a spacious lawn, there are plenty of ways to save water in your garden and keep your outdoor space happy and healthy and looking great.

With Brisbane and most of Queensland recently experiencing some of the hottest temperatures on record and the biggest increase in water usage in a decade, it makes sense to look at how we can cut our water consumption and save water.

And our own backyard is a good place to start.

6 Ways to Save Water in Your Garden

1. Use Greywater

Greywater is nutrient rich ‘used’ or ‘wastewater’ generated in the home. Collect ‘used’ water from baths and showers or unused drinking water and use it to feed your plants. The phosphorus, potassium, and nitrogen contents act as a great fertilizer.

2. Choose Native, Drought-Tolerant, and Smaller Plants

Create an outdoor space using plants that suit the climate of the area. Native varieties are typically more durable and smaller plants can generally last longer with less water during prolonged periods of dry conditions.

3. Lay Mulch

Spreading mulch over your garden beds helps to save water by retaining moisture in the soil and reducing evaporation. This means your plants also get the benefits by improved growing conditions.

4. Use a Soaker Hose

Plants still need water. But a soaker hose allows the water to slowly seep out of the hose through small holes, directly watering the plant roots, minimizing wastage and erosion.

5. Create Smart Water-Play

The average sprinkler can use around 1000 litres of water per hour. Ditch the sprinkler and fill up a water-gun, bucket or wade pool for the kids to play – this way you can control how much water is used.

6. Install Artificial Grass

In Queensland, more than a third of domestic water use is outside. And the lawn soaks up most of this water use. Replacing natural turf with drought-friendly, water-saving artificial grass is a low-maintenance, cost-effective option for many homeowners.

Why people consider synthetic grass for home

20 Jul 2017, Posted by Warwick Beale in Ramblings, Residential

The average size of a new Australian house has grown by 40% in the last 25 years. At 227.6 square metres, Aussie houses are bigger than the average house size in the US.

 

And with the average new lot size in Australia being 423 square metres, you don’t have to be a mathematician to work out that bigger houses built on smaller lots mean much less lawn.

 

While bigger houses and smaller lawns aren’t necessarily bad things, the decline of the big-Aussie- backyard has shifted the way people use their available lawn and view synthetic grass for home.

 

Synthetic grass for home in Wynnum courtyard by GroundAbility

 

Homeowners still want their lawn to look good and function as a usable play space for their kids and pets.

 

But people are busy. They don’t want to spend their weekends maintaining a small green space. They want it to be ready to use all year round.

 

The drawback is, no matter how small your lawn, it still needs to be regularly mowed, weeded, aerated, fertilised, and watered.

 

In addition, small lawns tend to mean the whole space gets used, all the time. Families who have active kids and pets using the lawn day in and day out, find it near impossible to keep their grass happy and healthy.

 

Synthetic grass for home in small backyard by GroundAbility

 

This explains the reason the demand for synthetic grass for the suburban family home backyard is increasing.

 

Synthetic grass gives homeowners a usable and low maintenance backyard that is green all year round and can last up to 15 to 20 years.

 

Synthetic grass is no longer designed and manufactured just for the sports field. The product advancements have given homeowners with green spaces a viable option that wasn’t available to them ten or more years ago.

 

 

 

Homeowners are now considering synthetic grass for the home for all sorts of reasons, and here are just a few:

  • They want the look of real grass without the upkeep and water bills of natural turf
  • They need a solution for ‘trouble’ areas that cannot grow real grass
  • They want a stylish yet practical alternative to pool surrounds and rooftop gardens
  • They need an easy-to-clean area for small pets

 

If you’re considering synthetic grass for your home, call GroundAbility today to discuss the best options for you and your lawn.