Artificial turf consists of synthetic fibers that resemble natural grass. Though sports arenas and golf courses regularly install this turf, many Georgia residents are also using it for their yards these days. The turf provides many benefits to homeowners that make the installation worthwhile, including little to no maintenance. O'Neill Landscape Group is a top landscape and lawn care company serving the Woodstock and Roswell, GA areas. Our team has years of experience installing synthetic turf, from start to finish.

The History of Artificial Turf

The popularity of synthetic grass began in 1966 after Houston’s Astrodome Arena construction in Texas. As the first indoor multi-purpose sports stadium in the world, the field consisted of a specific brand of artificial grass called AstroTurf. Though the brand is now obsolete, people continue to use the name as a generic term for synthetic grass.

The Dean of the North Carolina State University College of Textiles, David Chaney, is responsible for the creation of synthetic grass. He and his research team created the material after the Astrodome attempted to use natural grass as its playing field. However, the grass failed during the second half of the 1965 baseball season.

With the success of AstroTurf, other arenas in North America began installing artificial grass due to poor climate conditions and heavy foot traffic from sports and other events. By the 1990s, synthetic turf became popular for residential and commercial landscapes thanks to its benefits, manicured appearance, and low maintenance.

Reasons to Install Artificial Turf in Georgia

Artificial turf installed along a sidewalk at a home in Woodstock, GA.

Georgia property owners who want the appeal of a well-manicured lawn without time-consuming maintenance can benefit from an artificial turf installation. Some of the advantages that synthetic fibers have over natural grass include:

  • Children & Pet Safety: Many modern synthetic turf brands make fibers containing anti-bacterial agents to protect people and animals from contracting germs from the grass. There’s also no need for toxic herbicides, pesticides, or other chemicals.
  • Low-maintenance: This is one of the most popular advantages of artificial turf! You won't have to worry about mowing, fertilizer treatments, or any other lawn care or maintenance tasks. You also won't have to keep up with a strenuous watering schedule. The synthetic fibers of artificial turf can resist drought conditions, making them a viable option for areas under watering restrictions or arid climates.
  • No Sunlight Needed: You never have to worry about the grass dying or turning brown in shady areas. The entire lawn will maintain a pristine appearance.
  • No Bare Spots: With high foot traffic, natural grass can create bare areas or ruts because the plants can’t handle excessive pressure. Synthetic grass is more resilient and will retain its shape after you walk on it.

How to Maintain Artificial Turf

We've mentioned that artificial turf is low maintenance, but exactly how low maintenance are we talking? Well, the extent of lawn care for synthetic turf is similar to carpet maintenance - regular removal of dirt and debris and that's about it! You will occasionally need to use a non-metal rake or blower on your artificial lawn to remove leaves. You may also need to hose the turf down to remove wind-blown dirt. These simple tasks require less time than traditional lawn care, allowing you the opportunity to focus on other activities or chores without sacrificing your lawn’s appearance.

Call Our Team Today to Take Advantage of Our Artificial Turf Installation

Artificial turf comes with many benefits that property owners can enjoy. Our team at O'Neill Landscape Group installs synthetic turf to landscapes located in the Woodstock, Georgia area including Roswell and Alpharetta. We have over 10 years of experience working with natural and artificial turf. Call (770) 627-5012 today to speak with a team member about our installation service.