City-Wide Projects

City-Wide Projects

 

Many businesses and private companies are on the forefront of switching from grass to turf. Major cities such as Austin, Dallas, New York and LA are leaning more towards an environmental friendly trend. Comparing the costs of upkeep for grass vs. turf makes turf a winning contestant. City-wide projects range from parks to sports fields. Even school districts such as Fort Worth ISD and Waco have switched to turf as a means of weatherproofing and cost savings. Some organizations argue that the level and playing surfaces provides a safer alternative than grass as well.

 

While the cost of turf may seem expensive, the investment pays for itself over time. Unlike grass which needs regular maintenance, and in Texas most likely replanting, artificial grass maintains itself with its internal drainage system. Turf doesn’t require mowing or chemicals or other factors that individuals may not consider like when cities have to close down streets and parks to allow for watering, tending and trimming lawn. This allows for artificial grass to be used to its full potential in public spaces.

 

Texas Custom Turf has dealt with many commercial properties. The most recent project was a 11,500 square foot install of Diamond Light Fescue at the Westwood Country Club in downtown Austin, Texas. CEO Chris Neighbors said the install “took a little extra TLC and attention to detail. The club itself has large oak trees all over the property, which required a different drainer layer underneath the turf.” The end result can be found below along with an additional property in Alpine for a hotel pool and a duplex complex. These are just some of the many artificial turf projects Texas Custom Turf has done for commercial properties.

 

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Turf vs. Grass for Athletic Fields

Turf vs. Grass for Athletic Fields

 

Grass has too many disadvantages nowadays for it to be a better investment than synthetic turf. Especially for athletic fields, some of the disadvantages range from injuries to weather to maintenance. For example, if a heavy rainstorm occurred or a drought lasted longer than expected, replanting grass costs too much time and money. The field becomes muddy when it rains and dry and patchy when it doesn’t. Consequently, the upkeep is a full-time job between watering, mowing and edging. That’s why so many teams and schools have switched over to synthetic turf; the maintenance is obsolete compared to grass.

 

For synthetic turf, the minimal maintenance includes brushing the field every so often to keep the blades in an upright, neutral position and the infill leveled out; sweeping for larger debris like leaves; and aerating to ensure the infill is not compacted. FieldTurf has its own draining system for sweat, dirt, water, etc. and keeps away the growth of bacteria simultaneously. The most important factor is the water conservation as it’s redundant to water the field. It can also sustain throughout any type of weather conditions.

 

Moreover, synthetic turf is uniform without potholes and uneven surfaces that grass has. Some studies have found that synthetic turf lessens these injuries (Sources: Idaho Press Tribune, FieldTurf). If we wanted to dig even deeper into the advantages, artificial grass is more appealing aesthetically too. All in all, the investment pays for itself. We can’t reiterate enough about the decreased upkeep and maintenance. From water conservation to minimal upkeep and to the advantages players gain from the improved field, grass has officially bit the dust.

Eco-Friendly Yard

Eco-Friendly Yard

 

The debate over global warming and protecting the environment has been an ongoing issue. However, it’s safe to say a majority of us agree that cutting back on water usage and pollution can only help the environment and our wallets. Many homeowners have taken steps to do home improvements and DIY projects to make their household an eco-friendly oasis. Projects such as replacing light bulbs that can last up to 10 years to installing showerheads that minimize water flow helps in a variety of ways. Did you know 53% of U.S. adults made some type of home improvement in the past 12 months (Nielsen Local)? Depending on the market, landscaping can increase the value of a home up to 25% (Lawn & Landscape).

 

This brings us to talk about the economic friendly aspects of synthetic grass. Synthetic grass kicks back on water, pesticides and pollution. A homeowner can save 55 gallons of water per year for every square foot of grass replaced with synthetic turf (Purchase Green). One may even overlook the disadvantages of gas pollution caused from lawnmowers or pesticides that may pollute the environment. In addition, the time and money spent on a lawn annually adds up as well.

 

Texas Custom Turf not only provides the turf needed for the job, but installs as well. Depending on your budget and preference, we offer an assortment of products to suit your needs. From residential to playgrounds & parks to putting greens, Texas Custom Turf has over 20 years of combined experience. If interested, you can fill out an application online or email us directly at info@texascustomturf.com.