Lifespan of synthetic grass — what to do if it starts aging.
- Infinitesimal fading finally becomes noticeable
- Seams begin to fray and separate
- Mold or smelly bacteria have built up, especially in pet-popular spots
- Highest traffic areas look tired and don’t rebound as well with brushing
If you’re considering selling your home soon, this is the perfect time to look over your lawn with an extra-critical eye. Fresh artificial turf has superb curb appeal and the prospect of low maintenance is a strong selling point.
If your current turf is starting to show its age, the time has come to move on. So what happens next?
Don’t just haul your artificial grass to the tip!
The last thing anyone wants to do these days is clog up our landfills with unnecessary waste. Thankfully, artificial turf is 100% recyclable. That wasn’t always the case, but recyclers are now able to effectively separate the infill material from the poly-plastics used to manufacture the blades and backing. Once the turf is cleaned and processed, it can be made into everything from tote bags and T-shirts to (ironically) top dressing for natural grass.
Breathe new life into that grass
Sometimes municipalities and organizations like to use cheaper “second-hand” turf that’s still in decent condition for batting cage mats or other low-impact areas. For uses like this, the turf is cleaned and sanitized before being re-installed elsewhere.
You might want to hang on to some of it yourself. There is a shockingly broad range of creative things you can do with artificial grass – practical and purely fun, indoors and out. Repurposing your fake grass for outdoor uses fits right in with your other efforts to promote sustainability, such as using recycled and “found” treasures in your landscape.
Even if you can’t think of ways to use your old turf, it could be exactly what someone else needs to floor their daughter’s new playhouse, or outfit their dog’s new outdoor canine mansion, or tackle any of the limitless DIY and craft projects for which artificial turf is ideal.
Replacing your old lawn upgrades your home just like repainting or replacing the roof. You can replace your lawn in exactly the same configuration, or give your yard a makeover by changing up the size or shape of your lawn. Artificial turf makes this easy, since you don’t have to consider limitations such as mowing convenience or dense shade that are problematic for natural grass.
You will be highly impressed by how much fake grass has changed since you purchased your first artificial turf lawn. Synthetic grass is tougher and more durable than ever, and it’s prettier and amazingly realistic, too. It even comes in different shades of green. Wow!
That means this is also a good time to consider how artificial turf can upgrade your outdoor surroundings in other ways. New Wave Flooring offers artificial turf for children’s play areas that reduces risk of injury from falls. We have artificial grass for dog owners. And we have multiple types of turf specifically designed for backyard putting greens and bocce ball courts.