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 That’s why so many teams and schools have switched over to synthetic turf; the maintenance is obsolete compared to grass.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.

Picture Perfect Summertime Lawn

Picture Perfect Summertime Lawn


Summer Is Rough on Our Lawns

Summer is almost halfway done and the heat is gradually becoming hotter. Grass is turning brown as water is too costly to use on a daily basis. Keeping grass green, especially in Texas, is a difficult task. Do you ever long for a yard that keeps its composition and color all year round? Well, there’s an obvious solution. Synthetic turf is your one way stop towards a beautiful yard. Not only will it be able to keep its color and composition, but requires little to no maintenance to do so.


Save Money on Water

Synthetic turf will not dry out or become damaged by the sun’s rays. The blades on the turf are made out of a polypropylene, which is a heat-resistant material that always keeps cool no matter the season. Of course, if you do have pets or if debris is caught up within the blades, a rinse with a hose and water can quickly solve the problem. The point is, you save so much money on water because the turf doesn’t require it at all.


Family and Pet Friendly

Since the synthetic turf is heat resistant, it will not become too hot for pets or children to play on. You’re also able to gain back some downtime, since yard work usually takes up a day from play. You’re able to gain a day back to play with your pets and kids. Additionally, the turf is nontoxic for everyone. Even mud tracks and paw prints will not amount to an issue since mud does not make up the slightest section of synthetic turf.


Synthetic Turf Is Durability Engineered

The quality of materials synthetic turf is made out of ensures strength and durability. No matter the roughness of play, synthetic turf will keep its feel and structure. Even if rain were to occur or any other liquids hit the surface, the drainage system within the turf keeps the water away.


Beautiful Lawn All Year Long

Wouldn’t you want to have a beautiful lawn in summertime? Having a luscious, green and mesmerizing lawn is an investment worth taking. Don’t avoid the outdoors during summer because your lawn isn’t fit to hang out on. Synthetic turf will only provide benefits that’ll pay off in the end.
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Turf Helps with Allergy Season

Allergies No More

Around 50 million Americans have some sort of grass allergy, making it difficult to even enjoy their own yard. The cause comes mostly from pollen as trees and a variety of grass types release it into the air as the wind spreads it around to different yards. This is where synthetic turf comes in and solves for the problem. During allergy season, mostly spring and summer, grass harbors pollen which in turn triggers allergies. Synthetic turf is made from manmade products and does not hold as much pollen as regular grass would. Even if some pollen were to get caught up in the turf blades, routine rinsing of the turf will wash away any allergy-causing debris.

A yard with grass requires excessive manual labor on a routine basis. There really is no way around the grass allergies even if the lawn were maintained regularly. Excess grass growth traps dust, pollen and allergy-causing debris, which in turn causes itchy eyes, runny nose, congestion and so on. If you were to mow, pollen would still be stirred up in the air from the process. With turf, all you need is a hose and water. It even has a built in draining system that doesn’t allow for any buildup or bacterial growth.


Pets Are Affected too

Did you know dogs even suffer from allergies? Many may not know that turf is safer for pets as well. Dogs are constantly rolling around in grass, running around kicking up dirt, and having a good ‘ole time. But these rough plays are kicking up pollen as well which affects the dogs and their owners. With synthetic turf, this pollen issue will be no more. Additionally, the turf is actually pet friendly in more ways than one. Click here to find out why.


Invest in Turf for Your Health

Synthetic turf reduces the need for pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers. Cutting back on these harmful products helps with allergies as well, because they won’t be breathed in ever again. Reducing pollen from your yard will make an incredible difference you’ll be sure to notice. Don’t keep fighting those gruesome allergies year after year. Invest in turf to make your life that much easier and healthier.


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Why Is Artificial Turf a Good Investment?

How So?

It’s true, we’re not going to dance around the cost of turf. It is a pricey number, but you shouldn’t let that scare you off. An investment is an investment for a reason, it should always pay off in the end. Did you know a single household’s lawn maintenance for a year costs anywhere between $2000-$3000? Just think about the costs towards fertilization, irrigation systems, and from mowing to watering costs. And do you pay someone else to do these tedious tasks for you? All of it adds up.

Our turf uses the latest technology on the market. What does that mean? Our turf contains a yarn composition that is able to withstand more ‘“wear and tear.” These turf installments have the capability to last for several years. It is estimated that new synthetic grass installments are expected to pay for itself in about 3 to 3 ½ years. Conveniently, there are several products on the market able to fit within your budget.

What Else?

It’s also important to factor in time. Time you’ll gain from installing this synthetic turf. Usually an entire day is set aside to do yard work. With synthetic turf, this will not be a problem anymore. And what about those winter months? You’ll have a beautiful yard all year round. Additionally, in allergy season, synthetic turf will not contribute to the problem like real grass does. Even pets won’t become a problem in maintaining a well manicured lawn. Look back on our “Artificial Turf is Pet Friendly” blog to learn more.

Fun Fact

If that didn’t win you over, according to Bob Vila, home improvement TV show host, “a professionally landscaped property is a sure ticket to quick resale. It gives a home curb appeal, a sense of place and value.” It’s a first impression that can “add 20 percent to your home’s value, a figure that rivals the return on a new kitchen or bath.”

Every investment should take some time to consider. We hope you reach out to us if you have any questions at all. Texas Custom Turf has got you covered.