A PUTTING GREEN, A DRIVING RANGE, OR JUST A WELL TRIMMED BACK YARD?March 29th, 2011 at 5:40
A PUTTING GREEN, A DRIVING RANGE, OR JUST A WELL TRIMMED BACK YARD?
Synthetic grass is making quite an impression across America these days. You only need to Google reports on the number of high schools and colleges that are installing artificial turfs on their football and baseball fields to know that the stuff is pretty popular. Of course, the reason it’s popular is primarily to do with cost. Artificial turf is much more affordable than natural grass, not only when it comes to installation, but, perhaps even more importantly, when it comes to maintenance and use.
Imagine, if you will, a team of burly football players out practicing on a chill fall morning. They’re all thundering about on the grass, slipping and sliding about, kicking up the grass as they kick up the ball, tackle, and the like. They have spiked shoes that churn up the grass.
Then there are the golfers on the 18-hole course on a Sunday morning. They may be enjoying a friendly game, but they’re still taking swipe after swipe at the ground, hacking up the grass and the sand with their seven irons. Even the green is under attack with a steady onslaught of balls smashing down from 200 yards away.
Natural grass needs a lot of work to stay trim and fresh. Particularly on sports fields (football fields, baseball fields, tennis courses, and golf courses to name but a few), it gets pretty bruised up without regular work. It needs watering, mowing, trimming. Someone also needs to treat it with pesticides and then (and they apparently make a tradition of this in polo) someone needs to put the tufts of grass back into place.
Our point, though, is that grass has to put up with a lot of wear and tear if it is going to be used for the surface of a sports field. Not only does it not survive the usage very well, it actually requires a lot of time, money, and energy when used as the basis for a sporting activity.
If you think about it, the high maintenance required for grass is one of the reasons many people don’t use their backyards all that often. It’s also one of the reasons why most golfing enthusiasts don’t have a mini-putting green in their backyard. It’s at least the reason why the most dedicated golfers don’t find themselves outside on a regular basis, practicing their swing or their putting. Natural grass just doesn’t hold up.
, on the other hand, is not only durable, it is easy to maintain and easy to install. As more and more people are discovering, artificial grass works wonders as a surface for sports grounds. Not only does it survive with minimal maintenance for years (sometimes as many as fifteen years, even with heavy use), it has also been shown to reduce injuries and facilitate more regular practice and game play since it can be used in all weathers (it doesn’t get flooded or frozen provided the right drainage system is in place).
At National Greens, we specialize in providing our clients with a whole range of turf types for all sorts of types of projects. We specialize in providing turf for golf courses, putting greens, and driving ranges, however, and we’ve also taken to helping golf enthusiasts install miniature putting greens in their homes and back yards at extremely competitive prices.
Installation takes less than thirty minutes, in some cases, and you can almost always begin enjoying your artificial turf right away, which is not the case for natural grass. You don’t have to worry about hiring a gardener to maintain your artificial turf and you have no need to worry about how you’re going to manage to store up water to keep your grass hydrated through the summer (with artificial grass, you don’t have to contribute to the summer water shortage in your area since the grass doesn’t need watering at all).
You can have your very own putting green installed in your backyard or take the time to work on your golf swing even on a regular lawn. You won’t have to worry about hacking the lawn to bits when you’re swinging your club or even when you’re playing football with your friends.
Your kids will be perfectly safe as well, thanks to the soft, durable surface underneath artificial grass textures. They can bound about as much as they like and you won’t have to worry about them falling and hurting themselves.
Whatever your project, National Greens offers a whole range of turf types, you’ll see new possibilities opening up for you.
For more information about the products and services available for your residential or commercial project, contact us today via our website.
Jeremy Still is the owner of NationalGreens, a company that specializes in synthetic golf greens and articial lawn installation serving Little Rock, Arkansas area. Please visit www.nationalgreens.com to see our work.