TRENDS IN BACKYARD LANDSCAPING #7 - SYNTHETIC TURF
The benefits of hiring a pro to achieve the ideal outdoor living space
Turf areas, or lawns, serve many purposes. It is a place for kids and pets to play and run, while from a landscape design perspective it is considered ‘negative space.’ Negative space defines an area and brings balance to the landscape by providing a place for the eye to rest. Natural turf still has its place and has many benefits, but the latest trend is seeing more people devoting smaller portions of their property to turf or eliminating it entirely.
One of the main reasons for this is because it needs weekly care during the growing season; therefore, reducing or eliminating it from the landscape can extend the time a garden can be left to its own devices without maintenance. This also lessens the need for watering, fertilizing, and mowing. Smaller turf areas that receive a lot of use may also become very compacted and worn, making them difficult to maintain in a healthy fashion.
Synthetic turf (lawns) is a good option for those who want the best of both worlds. It is hard wearing and low-maintenance and is great for use on smaller plots of land which are now considered the norm. Products currently on the market have good colouration and are often difficult to tell apart from natural turf. Synthetic turf can be combined with hardscape spaces and some appropriate mixed borders for a functional, beautiful, low-maintenance backyard landscape.
WHY HIRE A PRO?
Installation of synthetic grass requires a qualified installer to prepare a suitable base and to ensure the turf is positioned, seamed, and filled correctly.
Typical installation costs for synthetic turf is between $118 and $150 per square metre ($11 and $14 per square foot), which is typically eight to nine times the cost of installing natural turf. However, installing synthetic turf can save you money on maintenance, water, fertilization, etc., which results will typically result in a three- to 10-year return on investment (ROI).
This article discusses just a few of the longer term trends founds in today’s backyard landscaping. By using the information provided you can talk to your landscape contractor on how to incorporate one or more of these features when developing your own unique space.
Originally published in Pools, Spas & Patios - 2017 Annual Issue.
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