Residential

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.

 

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.

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.

Synthetic grass backyards and artificial front lawns are becoming increasingly popular in Brisbane’s suburbs.

 

Families are increasingly time poor and don’t have the luxury of spending hours mowing, fertilising, watering and weeding their lawns.

 

They want an easy, low maintenance solution that also provides an appealing green space to enhance both the look and functionality of their yards.

 

Why spend the time maintaining your lawn when you can have the artificial alternative and save on water bills?

 

We recently installed Pro Lawn 25mm in the front and back yards of a home in West End Brisbane. The result is a neat and tidy, easy upkeep outdoor space that enhances the home’s street appeal.

 

Synthetic Grass Backyards in West End Brisbane

Synthetic grass installation on the front lawn.

 

Synthetic grass backyard of West End Brisbane home

Backyard transformation using synthetic grass.

While there are other alternatives to laying natural turf, such as pavers and pebbles, none offer the low maintenance, versatility and green surrounds of synthetic grass.

 

Another recent installation completely transformed the suburban backyard of a Fairfield Brisbane home.

 

While we couldn’t do much to transform the pool, the synthetic grass works seamlessly as a pool surround to create a far more inviting and functional outdoor area.

Synthetic Grass in Backyards Fairfield

Before synthetic grass installation.

 

Synthetic grass backyard Fairfield Brisbane

After synthetic grass installation.

If you’re considering low maintenance landscaping options for your backyard or front lawn, chat with the synthetic grass specialists to see if an artificial lawn could work for your home.

It should come as no surprise that homeowners are opting to install synthetic grass basketball courts in their backyards.

Basketball ranks in the top 10 most watched sports and is the second highest team participation in Australia.

It has a strong national competition and is played extensively in primary and high schools across each state.

The natural-looking synthetic grass courts with integrated basketball line markings look like traditional tennis courts, but with a hoop at one end instead of a net.

The highly durable surface is soft on players but provides the bounce and performance expected of a multi-purpose sports surface.

We recently installed a synthetic grass court in a residential backyard at Bridgeman Downs, Brisbane.

Using a 19mm pile height tennis court product, the court is a versatile outdoor space that blends beautifully with the natural surrounds.

If you love basketball, synthetic grass basketball courts give you the best of both worlds: the look of natural turf with the ability to shoot hoops without damaging your lawn.

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.

There is a huge range of synthetic grass products of varying quality and price available in the Australian market. So, how do you choose the right synthetic grass that ticks all your boxes?

Given synthetic grass is widely used in schools, sporting venues, commercial spaces and increasingly homes, there are different styles suitable for multiple applications.

To help you through the decision-making process here are some factors to consider when choosing your synthetic grass product:

Use:

What type of area is the grass being installed? Is it a decorative lawn, poolside surround, grassed-patio, or well-used backyard? How you plan to use the grassed area will determine the grass you choose.

Synthetic grass installers should be able to advise the type of grass – pile height, density, weight, and colour – that is best suited to your space, as well as recommend a specific product.

It’s worthwhile to request samples from your installer so that you can compare the different products and make an informed choice. Synthetic grass is a long-term investment so it’s important to select the grass that both suits your needs and appeals to you.

Quality:

When you buy quality synthetic grass it doesn’t necessarily equate to being the most expensive product in the market. Thanks to healthy competition and new entrants to the marketplace, there are now plenty of affordable, quality-grade artificial turf products available.

While cost is often a consideration when selecting synthetic grass, you also need to factor in whether the product is:

  • Soft to touch
  • Evenly backed
  • Well-stitched tufts
  • Consistent colour
  • UV resistant
  • Stain resistant
  • Certified lead-free

Synthetic grass that offers comfort, aesthetic and durability is a sound investment.

Features:

The features of your synthetic grass will, once again, depend on where you plan to install the grass and how you intend to use the space.

Features to consider are:

Synthetic grass landscaping for home

1. Pile height

Pile is the “upright blades” of synthetic grass and the height is measured in millimetres from the top of the grass backing to the tip of the blade.

Typically, shorter pile height is more hard-wearing and used – often with a layer of flexible padding beneath the turf to meet safety requirements – for sport surfaces and in pre-schools and playgrounds.

Whereas longer pile height is more visually appealing and softer underfoot, and often used in landscaping, residential lawns, and backyards.

2. Density and weight

Good quality turf will usually have greater density and weight. Density is both the linear density of the yarn and the number of stitches per square metre of the turf. Weight is the heaviness of the yarn in kilograms by the square metre of the area. Greater density and weight will give you fuller, more lush grass.

3. Colour

When choosing the colour of your artificial grass, the greener the grass the less natural it tends to appear.

To achieve a natural look for your home, opting for a shade of green with a brown fleck (known as ‘thatch’), or a grass product that uses multiple shades of green more closely imitates the appearance of natural turf.

Greens come in different shades and can provide a very different effect:

  • Light green –  subdued and earthy
  • Bright green – fresh and lively
  • Dark green – traditional
  • Yellow-green – energised and bold

The different shades of green available also make it easier to match existing real grass.

Installation:

While synthetic grass installation may seem simple to do yourself, to achieve an even surface, neat seams, clean, sharp edges and a finished result requires skill and experience.

When choosing a company to install your synthetic grass it’s best to consider how established they are, and how much experience they have – ideally you want a company that can manage the whole process; from sourcing the product to installation.

If you’re paying a company to install your grass, it also pays to make sure the products they use are of high-quality. Australian made products are designed and manufactured for the Australian conditions, always check the manufacturer label to make sure you are getting the quality that you expect

  • Sub-base

One of the most important parts of the installation process is preparing the sub base – the layer directly under the synthetic grass. There are numerous sub-base materials. Generally, a crusher dust base is recommended, which can be screeded (levelled) easily and compacted, but still allows moisture transfer between the base (this is the crusher dust) and sub base (which is usually soil under the base). Correct sub base preparation can prolong the life of your synthetic grass.

  • Infill

Another important component is the infill process – materials like graded kiln dried sand and rubber granules spread over the grass after it has been installed. The infill gives an even cover and settles well into the pile to provide some weight and body to the grass and to protect the base of the yarn.

Warranty:

Finally, it’s always recommended to check the manufacturer’s warranty, which is usually up to 15 years.