Recent Installations

No matter how great your school playground is, there’s always room for improvement.

School playground improvements and ‘problem areas’ will be different for each school, depending on the playground and the school environment.

Commonly, improving the condition of play areas and equipment, green spaces, gardens and the landscaping are priorities for schools.

Once these problem areas have been identified, it’s time to think about how they could be improved.

Ways to make school playground improvements

Ways to improve your school’s playground and outdoor space could be as simple as organising clutter, tidying mess and regular maintenance.

Or it could involve bigger changes such as installing a new surface material on the school grounds, like synthetic grass.

Recently, Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary school at Acacia Ridge decided to do away with the unsightly outdoor bitumen area.

They had GroundAbility come in to replace the tired surface with synthetic grass and create an inviting and tranquil sanctuary.

 

School Playground Improvements Old Lady Fatima Catholic Primary School Before

 Before: The unsightly outdoor bitumen area at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School, Acacia Ridge.

School Playground Improvements Old Fatima Catholic Primary School After

 After: The newly installed Australian made Supreme 35 synthetic grass at Our Lady of Fatima Catholic Primary School.

Investing a little love into your school playground and making simple changes to the outdoor environment can go along way. Wynnum State High School transformed an unused area of dirt and gravel by installing synthetic grass over the entire area.

The once wasted space is now a bright and functional sitting and outdoor learning area for students.

 

School Playground Improvements Wynnum State High School Before

Before: The unused dirt and gravel area at Wynnum State High School.

School Playground Improvements Wynnum State High School After

 After: Australian made Supreme 35 synthetic grass created a bright and functional outdoor sitting area at Wynnum State High School.

We all want to love our school.

With synthetic grass, school playgrounds can be transformed into beautiful and multi-functional outdoor spaces that encourage fun, physical activity and exploration. And one that kids are excited to use.

If you’re looking to make improvements to your school playground using synthetic grass, contact the specialists first to work out what will work in your school environment to deliver the results for your students.

 

GroundAbility specialises in supplying and installing the highest quality grade of Australian owned, designed and manufactured synthetic grass in the market. From school playgrounds and football fields to rooftop terraces and large commercial projects, where there is a surface that needs synthetic grass, we can make it happen.

As the cricket season ramps up, preparations for practice pitches are in full swing at school, club-level, and council-owned cricket nets.

Maintaining surfaces – synthetic and natural turf – throughout the year can make pre-season preparations easier.

But if you have a synthetic grass surface for your practice pitch, maintenance is not only much easier than natural turf, it’s a fraction of the cost.

Because non-natural turf surfaces are more durable they don’t suffer the same wear and tear as natural turf pitches and as result require less upkeep and repair.

In addition to easier upkeep and significant cost savings over the long-term, synthetic grass continues to be an ideal surface for cricket nets for several reasons:

Advantages of a synthetic grass practice pitch

  • Closely mimics the look and movement of a natural turf practice pitch
  • Offers an all-climate, all-weather asset to schools, clubs, and councils with well-used practice pitches
  • Can be used all-year-round and in most types of weather without causing damage
  • Can handle an extreme amount of use
  • Delivers consistent performance and ball bounce
  • Provides durability and good longevity
  • Enables players to start pre-season practice outdoors earlier than a natural turf practice pitch

When a synthetic grass practice pitch is installed the process typically involves removing the old synthetic grass, cleaning the concrete foundation to ensure it is smooth and free from lumps, bumps, and holes.

The standard 9mm to 11mm cricket grass with no infill is then adhered to the foundation with glue and then rolled to secure the surface to the base.

Old worn out cricket pitch replaced with a new synthetic grass practice pitch

Before and after: new synthetic grass practice pitch installation at St. Dympna’s Primary School in Aspley, Brisbane.

While regular maintenance is essential to preserve the lifespan of a quality playing surface, synthetic grass allows cricket fans a year-long season of lush green grass on which to practice and play cricket.

To ensure you get the design and installation that best suits your cricket pitch needs, seek advice from synthetic grass specialists.

 

Synthetic grass for childcare centres and schools is becoming more commonplace in education facilities and learning centres across Brisbane.

Many childcare centres and schools are installing synthetic grass because of the unparalleled advantages:

  • Cost-effective
  • Easy to maintain
  • Weather resistant
  • Fire retardant
  • Durable & long-lasting
  • Safe for kids and pets
  • Versatile for indoor and outdoor use
  • Wide product selection for multiple applications
  • Immaculate and green all year round

But there’s also another benefit of synthetic grass: no nasty allergens.

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Lead Childcare Centre in Wooloowin, Brisbane where we installed Clean Cut 35 mm synthetic grass.

Unlike natural grass, synthetic grass doesn’t create or spread grass pollen – Australia’s most common outdoor airborne allergen.

Also, high-quality, Australian-made synthetic grass products don’t contain harmful toxins or require harsh chemicals or fertilizers to keep it looking green and lush.

 

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St Clare’s Catholic Primary School. Yarrabilba.

 

Given Australia has some of the highest allergy rates in the developed world, it makes sense that synthetic grass is gaining in popularity.

It’s the ideal indoor and outdoor solution for preschoolers and school kids who suffer from allergies like hay fever.

 

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The new seating area at St Clare’s Catholic Primary School. Yarrabilba.

 

While springtime is commonly thought of as the peak time for allergies, grasses flower at various times of the year in different parts of the country.

As for Brisbane’s peak pollen season, it typically starts in January but can extend out to February and even March – which is a long time for kids to put up with itchy eyes, scratchy throats, runny noses, and incessant sneezing.

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Installed 35 mm Arena synthetic grass in two areas which were too wet and shaded to grow any natural turf.

If you’re keen to reduce the pollen and alleviate the allergies in your learning space or playground, consider the benefits of synthetic grass and chat with synthetic grass specialists to understand your options.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

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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.

 

Australia has one of the highest household rates of pet ownership. With more Aussies living in households with four-legged friends–dogs being the favoured companion–than with kids.

For those pet-owning households lucky enough to have a patch of grass, they know maintaining a beautiful and healthy lawn whilst owning pets, especially dogs, is almost impossible.

Energetic, curious and even bored dogs can cause all kinds of havoc in the backyard.

This typically includes digging holes, stirring up dust bowls in the dry months, churning mud puddles in the wet months and leaving natural grass yellow, burnt and even dead from urine and poop.

But dogs and other pets love the outdoors and homeowners know this.

Which is the reason homeowners with pets are choosing to install artificial grass for their backyard surface: They get a gloriously green, hassle-free lawn and a happy pet. It’s a win-win!

Here’s a recent installation in the backyard of a home in Eight Mile Plains. The before and after shots show how the yard had been absolutely destroyed by two large and energetic dogs. The newly installed artificial grass allows the whole family to enjoy the space again.

Artificial grass and your pet

GroundAbility installed SYNlawns Australian-made Supreme 35 in the backyard of a home destroyed by two very active dogs.

If you’re a pet-owner considering artificial grass as an alternative to natural turf, here are some ways artificial grass can benefit your pet and your yard:

Pet-friendly and pet-safe

Artificial grass is lead and mercury free, and unlike natural turf doesn’t need fertiliser, pesticides, or other harmful chemicals to keep it looking lush and green all year round.

Products to suit every pet

Artificial grass gives you plenty of choices – the length of the pile, the thickness and shape of the fibres, and the density, shade, texture, look and feel – no matter your needs there is a product to suit every yard and pet.

Tough and durable

Artificial Grass is sturdy and tough and made from highly durable artificial fibres that are tested to withstand extreme use and conditions. So, your dog can run, chase and jump to its heart’s content.

No-fuss maintenance

Artificial grass is super easy to clean with non-absorbent blades and base which is designed to allow liquid to drain through the material – so getting rid of urine and poop is as easy as spraying it off with the garden hose.

Looks and feels like real grass

Artificial grass, particularly high-quality grass product, looks like natural turf and feels like the real thing. The biggest difference is that you can let your beloved canine run as much as they like without the worry of your lawn being torn, dug up or trampled.

Most homeowners with pets want the best of both worlds; a beautiful yard and a happy pet, and artificial grass delivers a win-win alternative to natural turf.

Synthetic Grass in School Playgrounds

13 Apr 2018, Posted by Warwick Beale in Recent Installations, Schools

Synthetic grass in school playgrounds has long been a popular choice.

 

During our over 10 years’ professional experience installing synthetic grass in Brisbane schools – from pre-schools to senior high schools, we’ve seen the popularity of synthetic grass continue to increase and a broad acceptance of synthetic grass as the smart option. And it makes sense.

 

Schools tend to make long-term, cost-efficient decisions, especially when it comes to their grounds, including ovals, sports fields, playgrounds, multi-purpose areas, and communal spaces.

 

Synthetic grass is cost-effective, low maintenance and long-lasting.

 

It eliminates the need for a school to pay someone to mow, water, weed, spray and caretaker naturally turfed areas.

 

Depending on the amount of traffic on the surface, professionally installed synthetic grass keeps its colour and integrity and can last up to 7-10 years, and even longer with annual professional maintenance.

 

Synthetic grass also delivers a greater range of uses and applications, unlike natural grass and concrete. For instance, artificial grass is commonly used for multi-purpose sports courts, often with two to three-line markings incorporated allowing for several activities to be played.

 

But it’s equally versatile in an undercover communal space or a small and quiet “sacred area”, like this one at Mater Dei Catholic Primary School in Ashgrove, Brisbane.

Synthetic grass in school

 

Synthetic grass in school playgrounds Brisbane

For any school that has an oval and several indoor and outdoor spaces either undercover or exposed to the elements, synthetic grass is a smart choice.

 

It’s also a smart idea to hire the services of a reputable synthetic grass installer to deliver a professional result.

 

GroundAbility is a team of synthetic grass specialists in Brisbane, contact us today to discuss your school playground 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.

 

Small outdoor spaces are quickly becoming the norm especially as land size shrinks and houses get bigger the humble backyard is all but being squeezed out of existence.

 

What hasn’t changed, however, is the desire for homeowners to have a patch of grass to finish off their small outdoor spaces.

 

But increasingly homeowners are realising that a small outdoor area, especially one with natural turf, doesn’t necessarily mean less maintenance.

 

While you may spend less time mowing, you still need to mow – at least once a week to keep it healthy and looking great.

 

If you don’t have time to regularly mow your lawn, cutting long grass can damage your lawn and leave a mess of unruly grass clippings. Which is a nuisance especially in a small yard with a pool.

 

GroundAbility recently installed Clean Cut 35 mm synthetic grass as a pool surround for homeowners in Ormiston to solve the issue of having grass clippings ending up in the pool and clogging the filter every time they mowed.

 

small outdoor spaces with synthetic grass

 

This small poolside space now looks great and requires next-to-no maintenance for years to come.

 

On top of mowing, natural turf also needs to be regularly fertilised, watered and weeded.

 

And compared with larger outdoor areas, compact yards and smaller spaces tend to magnify the less appealing details of an unkept space such as untidy garden edges, weeds, sunburnt patches, and dead grass.

 

During the warmer months, homeowners want to enjoy their outdoor space without the hassle of ongoing lawn upkeep.

 

Here is another recent synthetic grass installation in Murumba Downs that completes a small outdoor space.

 

small outdoor spaces with synthetic grass

 

The 35mm synthetic grass complements the garden and provides a neat and tidy, low maintenance solution for our happy customer.

 

Working out whether synthetic grass is the right option to complete your small outdoor area may come down to how much you enjoy maintaining your lawn. If your answer is not much, synthetic grass could be for you.

 

 

Synthetic grass is designed to withstand all types of extreme weather conditions, often out-performing natural turf.

The UV stabilized yarn and water saving benefits make it perfect for hot, drought-prone areas. But how does synthetic grass drain in heavy rain and storms?

It comes down to three main factors: the quality of your artificial grass, drainage and infill, and installation.

Not all grass is made equal, so if you live in an area that gets plenty of rainfall and is prone to summer storms you may want to consider synthetic grass. Here are a few tips to help you select the right product for your property:

Synthetic grass quality

The quality and construction of the materials used to make synthetic grass determine how suitable and reliable it is in extreme wet weather.

High-quality artificial turf products are not only extremely porous and water resistant they’re also durable and won’t deteriorate when inundated with large amounts of water.

When choosing your product, it’s best to speak with a synthetic grass specialist to advise which variety best suits your needs and the design and layout of your lawn, especially if it’s on a hillside or slope.

Drainage and infill

With the right drainage system and infill material, an artificial lawn can survive heavy downpours unscathed.

Typically, good quality synthetic grass consists of either a porous mesh backing underneath the blades or multiple small holes placed throughout the backing material, allowing the water to pass straight through.

When the water passes through the backing material it’s absorbed by the infill. This is made up of gravel or sand. The absorbed water gradually seeps out into the in-built drain pipes leaving the surface free from pooling or puddles.

A well-planned draining base is a key to having long-lasting, well maintained synthetic grass.

Synthetic grass installation

Getting your synthetic grass installed professionally and properly will help to ensure your drainage system quickly and effectively wicks away water and prevents your lawn from becoming waterlogged.

Specialist synthetic grass installers know what infill and installation technique are best suited to particular landscapes, especially those exposed to extreme weather including rain and storms and to ensure superior drainage.

Choosing synthetic grass is a long-term investment and it makes sense to get it right the first time.

Chat with the specialists at GroundAbility to ensure you make the right choice for your backyard.

Like playgrounds, artificial turf is designed with active kids in mind, which makes synthetic grass great for schools.

High-quality synthetic grass is not only incredibly durable, non-toxic, free from heavy metals and useable all year round, it is also hugely versatile.

Nowadays, school playgrounds are designed for multiple uses: common areas turn into multi-purpose sports courts and sports fields are used for athletic carnivals and all manner of team sports.

Where natural turf and concrete were once the main choices for school grounds, now synthetic grass and artificial turf are being installed in many primary and high schools all over Brisbane to provide maximum versatility.

If you’re looking for a flexible playground solution for your school, here are five reasons why high-quality, synthetic grass is a great option for school environments:

1. Safety

Synthetic grass is free from harmful toxins and heavy metals which makes it safe for kids of all ages. And when professionally installed using high-quality soft fall and rubber surfacing solutions, artificial turf is safer than other more conventional playground surfaces.

 

Synthetic Grass for Schools

Stretton State College in Brisbane, where we used Synlawns Clean Cut 35mm landscape grass to create a safe, evenly sloped outdoor common area.

Synthetic Grass for Schools

Stretton State college in Brisbane, where we installed Synlawns Clean Cut 35mm landscape grass on the sloped area around the undercover playground.

 

2. Durability

It makes sense that every school playground surface should be sturdy, hard-wearing and long-lasting. But there are few products and materials in the market that can deliver.

Australian made synthetic grass is designed and manufactured to withstand high-traffic use and extreme weather conditions. While usual wear and tear does happen, damage can be easily repaired, like mending carpet.

To keep it lasting even longer, an annual brush, groom and refill to keep the grass blades upright can be affordably done by your local synthetic grass specialist.

 

3. Aesthetic

One of the best advantages of synthetic grass is that it looks good all year round. No matter the weather or the area, artificial turf guarantees you’ll have a visually appealing, functional grassed area with no weeds, worn spots or brown, dead patches. Beautifying and tidying your school grounds creates a great space for teachers and kids alike, but also for the broader community.

 

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Wynnum State High School, where we transformed an untidy seating area using Synlawns clean cut 35mm grass.

Synthetic grass for school playgrounds

We installed Synlawns clean cut 35mm grass to beautify an untidy seating area at Wynnum State High School.

4. Economical

Synthetic grass is a long-term investment that not only transforms unused spaces into practical and versatile areas that can be used all year round, it also saves on water and maintenance costs throughout the year.

As mentioned before, you can prolong the lifetime of your investment by calling on your local synthetic grass specialists for an annual brush, groom and refill to keep the grass blades upright.

 

Synthetic grass for school playgrounds

St Agnes Catholic School at Mount Gravatt we installed grass to the areas beside the courts for spectators to have a nice area to watch the games.

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Installed synthetic grass at St Agnes Catholic School at Mount Gravatt, Brisbane.

 

5. Versatility

When it comes to range and flexibility, few schools can go passed synthetic grass. Whether you’re looking to transform a hard surface into a safe play area, beautify an area where natural grass never grows or add colour to a practical and educational space, there is an artificial turf product suitable for every need and application.

 

Synthetic grass for schools

Stretton State College in Brisbane had Synlawns Clean Cut 35mm landscape grass installed around the trees.

Synthetic grass for schools

St Paul’s Catholic Primary School at Woodridge, Brisbane now has a new outdoor Snakes and Ladders
play area for prep kids to enjoy.

 

If you’re looking to have synthetic grass installed or maintained at your school, contact GroundAbility – installing synthetic grass in schools right across Brisbane for over 10 years.