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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.

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.

 

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.

 

Synthetic Grass for School playgrounds

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.

Synthetic grass for schools

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.

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.

Top Gardening Trends for 2017

07 Sep 2017, Posted by Warwick Beale in Industry News

With Spring on our doorstep, there’s every reason for us to head for the great outdoors, or at the very least, head outside into our own backyard.

If you haven’t done much in the way of gardening this year, chances are your backyard and lawn may look a little tired and neglected after Winter.

To help get you inspired, here’s a round-up of some the most interesting gardening trends that took root and sprouted in 2017 – that also integrate perfectly with synthetic grass!

Smaller, greener yards

As new houses get bigger and the backyard shrinks, homeowners are doing as much as possible with a smaller outdoor space. The HuffPost Australia has noticed the trend to create low-maintenance, more minimalistic outdoor living spaces at home. Where homeowners are opting for green lawns, over pops of colour – keeping it simple and functional. Another trend is to compliment the green lawn with natural, easy to maintain elements like rocks, boulders, and pebbles. This landscape design allows homeowners more time to enjoy the space, with little effort.

Smaller green yards

 

Fake grass for themed parties

Synthetic Grass Living in Victoria has seen a trend in artificial grass themed parties – either hosting a backyard party on a perfectly manicured synthetic lawn to create a classy vibe, or using off-cuts from your synthetic grass install as part of the table decorations. Theme or no theme, we tend to agree that fake grass is an incredibly versatile surface to host a party. There’s no time better than Spring to spruce up your lawn and get your (backyard) party shoes on.

Fake grass for themed parties

Mix it up with hardscaping

Synthetic Grass WA forecast the trend of combining artificial turf and hardscaping a little while back. Given hardscaping – adding concrete, paving, a patio or deck to your backyard – extends your living space, creates an outdoor ‘room’ for entertaining and adds value to your property, it’s little wonder this landscape design is still trending. Who wouldn’t want an additional, easy-living space that is vibrant and textured and can be used all year long – even in the height of a hot and dry Queensland summer.

Hardscaped backyard

Self-sufficient backyards

From edible gardens to introducing bird cages, bee hives, and fish ponds into your backyard, HGTV has brought together plenty of unique landscaping and outdoor design trends to try to integrate into your next backyard makeover. What’s great about these ideas is that they can be added to any type of backyard and they work perfectly with a synthetic grass lawn – the less time you spend maintaining your grass the more time you can tend to your vegetables and animals.

Vegetable garden

While most of us know it’s what’s on the inside that counts, creating a great first impression from the outside is also important.

 

We recently revamped the school front entrance of St Pius X Catholic Primary in Salisbury, Queensland.

 

The front entrance revamp was part of an overall landscape design plan to spruce up the school entry and provide extra recreational areas for the students.

 

We installed Couch 30 synthetic grass product on both a sloped and flat surface over several tiers.

 

The landscaped entrance is once again vibrant, welcoming and immaculately manicured.

Landscaped school front entrance

St Pius X Catholic Primary School in Salisbury revamped with newly installed synthetic grass.

 

It requires little to no upkeep for the school which saves them time and money, whilst creating a great first impression.

 

GroundAbility has been revamping school grounds across Brisbane for over ten years. If your school grounds need a new lease on life, maintenance or repair contact us today.