Choosing Synthetic Grass Tag

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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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.

 

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Synthetic grass installation on the front lawn.

 

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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.

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Before synthetic grass installation.

 

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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.

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:

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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.