Who doesn't love a well-manicured lawn?
It adds a certain “reconnect” value to the place where it is installed.
Turf is simply another word for artificial grass, and many people may wonder how faux grass works better than sod (real grass).
Turf doesnt need water, fertilizer, or any extensive grooming to look amazing, and as an added bonus, many manufacturers use recycled plastics to make at least a part of their turf products.
So, turf grass is eco-friendly, looks beautiful, and requires little to no work? That’s a win-win-win situation right there.
When it comes to the turf versus sod debate, here’s the scoop: a higher initial investment will pay for itself by cutting costs in the long run.
You can expect your turf grass lawn installation to have paid for itself within 2.5 - 3 years for a moderately sized patch, and even quicker for large installations.
Here are five reasons why turf grass is better than sod:
|Suitable for all weather conditions||Specific grasses only grow in certain weather|
|Low, easy maintenance||Most sod lawns will require bi-weekly care|
|Turf installations easily last over a decade||Sod lawns need to be replanted now and again|
|For commercial spaces, synthetic turf always proves more cost-effective than sod, by a significant margin.||Sod maintenance bills can quickly add up to a lot, especially the water charge.|
|Last, but not least, Turf grass just cannot die||Sod can be killed with overwatering, by weeds, or be uprooted by man and machine.|
Once you've decided to lay down some turf, a little forethought will go a long way in ensuring its longevity and usefulness.
Contrary to popular belief, artificial grass can be mixed with real grass, and more often than not, the two manage to complement each other quite well.
There are several reasons why people might want to combine the two: a client once wanted a large, low maintenance turf grass installation, but a small sod patch for a dining area.
Whatever the case, it's quite possible to lay turf beside sod.
Important: You can lay the grasses next to each other, but you cannot, under any circumstances, layer them.
In other words, never put one on top of the other — that's just you asking for a headache down the line
Side note: Many people are of the opinion that turf and sod should be combined because turf alone isn't suitable for children and/ or pets — false, false, false.
Turf grass is nontoxic, and pets can use the turf lawns just the same as they would a regular sod grass lawn.
Things to remember when combining turf and sod grass:
The last thing you want to do is accidentally run a lawn mower over your beautiful new turf grass installation.
This demarcation could be a simple brick inlay, or a path (both types of grass on either side of the path).
The goal is for you to know exactly where each lawn begins — do that, and mission accomplished.
Since turf can be hosed clean, training your pets to do their business on the turf side will make maintaining the lawn much easier: just take a hose to it when they’re finished.
As a result, the difference in looks between your turf and sod can become rather contrast-ey, especially in winter.
A little extra maintenance will be required for the sod to keep it looking and feeling at par with the turf.
It's easy to get caught up in the excitement and forget the prep when installing turf — skipping this section will result in guaranteed heart (and wallet) ache in the long run.
At a minimum, you’d want to have at least 8-10 cm of rubble spread over the entire area where the turf is to be laid.
Ensure that the rubble is well compacted and has no room to move, or else you’ll end up with sagging patches of mushy turf.
Concrete (type 1) bases are excellent at removing water from puddling in your turf.
Plus, there won't be any blades of grass being tracked all over the place since artificial grass blades don't dislodge easily.
Lastly, using artificial grass as a pool surround is a much better alternative than hot concrete, especially in summer.
Using turf is a great way to reduce your workload and spruce up your lawn, and it's super easy to install too.
With regards to its higher cost, remember that only the initial investment is higher than sod, and that turf always proves to save money in the long run.
All in all, turf grass proves to be the perfect upgrade or addition to your lawn, whether you include it at home or in a commercial space.