The market size for synthetic turf is on steady rise and is foreseen to grow further for the next five years. Marketstudy.com has in fact prepared a report that includes business drivers, restraints and opportunities in this field. This tells one thing – that this pseudo-grass is undeniably reaching new heights of popularity.
Back in the ‘60s
The story when the use of artificial grass is well-known. It was first installed at a prep school in Rhode Island to promote the youth’s physical fitness. In 1966 the material became popular with its use in a baseball stadium in Houston. Since then, pseudo-grass installations can be seen inmore than 10,000 athletic fields for sports traditionally played on natural grass, such as baseball, football and field hockey.
Fast forward to the present
With the increasing reputation for its usefulness and improvement of the product itself,the synthetic grass industry expanded its application to business districts, recreation areas, parks and public spaces, in addition to it gaining more acceptance in home yards and lawns.
A common element of attractive landscaping is its environmental features. Native grass, trees and plantings have always been seen to create soothing and relaxing aura.At present landscaping via synthetic grass has been a forerunning and viable option since its first introduction in the market.
Why fake grass is favored
While the application of synthetic grass in several areas invites a pleasant setting, its use is not only for aesthetic purposes. Other benefits have been derived from its use contributing to its ever-growing fame.
• Ease of maintenance
Pseudo-grass addresses the concern that probably most property owners have with regard to lawn maintenance. Although it is not to say that man-made lawn areas no longer need care and preservation, watering, mowing, cutting and fertilizing that always come with natural lawn maintenance are eliminated.
• Saves water
According to Environmental Protection Agency data, property owners use about 35, 000 gallons of water each year to irrigate a 1,000-square foot-natural grass lawn. The amount of water can go up as high as 75,000 gallons in areas with dry climates. With pseudo-grass, 55,000 gallons of water can be saved every year.
Installation expenses may be higher. Upfront expenses, however, outweigh long-term costs associated with the cost of maintenance such as water bill, fertilizers, and gardener.
Artificial grass is made up of a form of plastic called polyethylene. Since its first use, the product has undergone innovations to better fit various needs and demands. The Synthetic Turf Council calls the present-day artificial turf as third generation synthetic grass.