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Why synthetic turf is loved by families and kids
When it’s time to play and get a good dose of good old outside sunshine and vitamin D, chase the kids out of the house and let them romp on a safe lawn of artificial grass. Kids love it.
Artificial lawns are a great choice as they are porous, UV stabilized and a good replacement for sand, muddy grass or hard surfaces.
They can be installed successfully on hard or soft surfaces with good drainage qualities providing the sub-base structure is done correctly on soft surfaces.
Yay! No more muddy footprints on your clean floors..
Accredited Partners of Greenplanet Artificial Grass have professional installation teams who are well trained to install quality garden lawns in Cape Town, Hermanus and the Overberg, taking good care of your property with minimal impact on your privacy and lifestyle.
Is your fake lawn safe for kids?
Yes, artificial grass is perfectly safe for kids, from new-born babies to toddlers and teens.
That artificial grass is not suitable for children’ is a persistent myth that blemishes its reputation. Sure, earlier versions might have been hard and scratchy. But thanks to advances in technology and science, artificial grass is a safe bet nowadays for children and the rest of your family. It’s also a popular solution for playgrounds and schoolyards.
How safe is ‘safe’?
That said, there are unfortunately also cheap low-quality types of artificial grass on the market, so If you want to ensure your kids’ safety and health, steer clear of those. Always go for an artificial grass supplier who can guarantee you the characteristics in the next post. That way, you might even find natural grass to be a less safer choice than a synthetic lawn.
Why artificial grass is safe for kids
Non-toxic and lead free
To maintain a natural lawn, you regularly have to apply fertilisers and pesticides. Children might come into contact with these harmful chemicals when they’re rolling around on the lawn or if they – don’t think they don’t – put grass in their mouths.
By installing artificial grass in your backyard instead, you keep these toxins at bay. Not only because your artificial lawn doesn’t need this kind of maintenance – in fact, it hardly needs any maintenance – but also because superior fake grass is manufactured using 100% non-toxic and lead-free materials.
Soft on the skin
High-quality artificial grass gives your children a beautifully green and fluffy playing surface for napping or romping all year round. They can spend all the time they want on the lawn without skin irritation from the fibres of the synthetic turf.
With toddlers learning to walk or overly active kids racing around all day, the next fall and accompanying crying fit are just moments away. The density and softness of artificial grass offer a slight cushioning effect, protecting kids when it happens.
You’ll notice the biggest difference when you install artificial grass on the hard surface of your patio, terrace or balcony (no more carpet burns) and around your swimming pool (no more slippery surfaces).
Another reason why artificial grass is a safe bet for children? It’s made with polyethylene and polypropylene fibres, materials that don’t attract mites, ticks or other insects, unlike natural grass.
Also, don’t worry about food residue or dog droppings infesting your lawn with bacteria. You can easily clean artificial grass: simply pick up the waste carefully and give your lawn a quick rinse with a hose.
Cool under little feet
Terrace tiles or paving stones can become uncomfortably hot underfoot in summer and because artificial grass is a synthetic material, it’s touch temperature will also increase although not to the extent of some other surfaces. Adding an infill of sand where applicable not only helps your lawn’s stability but helps cool it down as it retains water from dew or a little water sprinkling.
Mud and puddle free
If your children go out into the garden after heavy rainfall, they’re going to get dirty and leave muddy footprints all over the house. That is, unless you have artificial grass installed with adequate drainage which won’t puddle or get marshy, keeping your children and your house clean.
Little rascals can romp and cavort to their hearts content. Artificial grass is tough and durable, even when attacked by kids. LOL
The piles are attached to a primary backing made of polyurethane which enables them to adhere better than any other type of backing.
Score points with your kids
If you really want to wow your children, convert your garden into an outdoor playing area with its own outdoor carpet. Combine different bright colours, add crazy designs or even a hopscotch diagram.
Your kids will love this exclusive type of artificial grass. The best part? A good turf offers all the safety benefits mentioned above. No worries, no maintenance, only fun.
Which surfaces are suitable for artificial grass installations?
The best surface for artificial grass? Your first answer would likely be ‘soil’, because a synthetic lawn is often used to replace a natural one.
In reality, Synthetic grass has a wide range of applications because of it’s versatility and can be easily laid on numerous surfaces.
Soil, concrete, wood, brick, plastic; you name it as long as the surface is level with good drainage.
Here is an overview of some suitable surfaces and considerations before proceeding to install your artificial grass:
This is the most popular surface for artificial grass. Having a reliable weed barrier will save a lot of time – better safe than sorry, because once rooted, dreaded dandelions don’t die easily.
This is a great way to make your cold grey slab of concrete a more colourful and cosier place. It isn’t labour intensive to install on at all, as you don’t need to remove grass or other vegetation. Before you install artificial grass on your patio, balcony or swimming pool area, make sure the surface is clean and smooth. Besides that, ensure there is proper drainage under your Artificial Grass.
This is also a potential substrate. Consider the time you’d gain if you didn’t have to spend your time scrubbing, sanding, painting and varnishing! It’s important to clean and seal the wood substrate to promote drainage before the grass installation. Our innovative polyurethane (PU) backing is an excellent solution to prevent mould.
Brick or tile surface
Such as a patio, is perfectly compatible with the installation of an artificial lawn. It is mostly uneven, so it needs some preparation before installing the grass. In the case of a brick driveway, be aware of the high impact of your vehicle. It’s not a good idea to use artificial grass as a parking spot. We recommend contacting one of our professional installers. They will guide you through more specifications and offer practical information to guide your decision.
Plastic or similar surface
This is a less common base for an artificial lawn, but it is often used to decorate chairs or tables. Tape and adhesives are the most-used aids for this application.
Artificial Grass is therefore clearly a versatile and suitable covering for almost any type of surface. However, carefully consider your needs and the type of substrate before installing your Synthetic Turf.