Today's Artificial Grass & Turf - Not your parents fake grass

Maintaining your lawn requires money and time. The constant watering, seeding and trimming for a perfect lawn hardly seem worth it to a lot of individuals. So why bother? Especially when you can have a grass that never grows, always looks perfect and does not need to be watered? These are some of the benefits of artificial grass. With artificial grass, you can enjoy all the advantages of natural grass without the troubles.

Artificial Grass Installation

Synthetic grass is made from synthetic fibres that look like natural grass. Traditionally artificial turf was used on sports fields. The main reason for this was with so much foot traffic it could be difficult to maintain and keep it looking beautiful. In Calgary, for example, when SAIT installed its soccer pitch in the mid-2000s, they opted for artificial turf. The space to this day still looks good and is enjoyed by students and staff alike.

The enhancements in the synthetic grass industry has added chiefly to its more prominent use for the housing turf and lawns. By making use of artificial grass, homeowners can enjoy a fit, green, ideally maintained lawn all through the year. Moreover, synthetic grass also needs the smallest protection and maintenance, making it far handier and less expensive to keep than the natural grass.

At Curb Design we have four different types of artificial grass under our Precision Greens product line: Cascade Elite, Park Royal, The Classic, and Spring Pro. All of these artificial grass products have their own characteristics and styles. It really comes down to what’s best for your property and where you want to use it. Artificial grass is ideal for backyard putting greens, dog runs or just for overall landscaping of a property.

Side View Of An Artificial Turf Installation
Artificial Grass, Percision Greens & Curb Appeal

Why Choose Synthetic Grass?

A well-manicured lawn is a lovely sight to behold. We all want a perfect green landscape, but this is very difficult to achieve. Grass needs lots of maintenance. It should be mowed, watered, and edged regularly. Also, it needs fertilizing to keep it looking at its best. It can be frustrating to maintain because it requires a lot of gardening skills. Today, an alternative is available in the market – artificial grass. This type of grass is quickly gaining popularity all over the world as a practical and superior solution for landscaping.

Synthetic turf can fill in for the real thing in virtually any situation, whether it is a playground or a back yard, the front lawn of an office park or even an indoor space.

Percision Greens product and Artificial Grass. Golf turf putting green

What is Artificial Grass made from?

Artificial grass is made of synthetic fibres designed to imitate the appearance of natural grass. Imitation grass was first used in sports stadiums, where natural grass often doesn’t get all the sunlight it needs and is difficult to maintain.

Many people who are only familiar with the older types of synthetic turf think that all artificial grass is stiff and abrasive. Newer types are much softer and feel more like natural grass. Polyethylene makes this possible. Because more and more people have begun using artificial turf for residential lawns, the application of this new technology is more critical than ever. Homeowners demand high-quality synthetic grass that doesn’t feel fake.

Artificial Grass, Precision Greens with putting green on a lake

An Environmentally Friendly Solution

Natural grass requires chemicals and toxic fertilizers which is not good for the environment. When you choose synthetic grass instead, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing that you are not causing any type of damage to the environment. Also, you can find fake grass that is made from sustainable and recycled products.

Large circular swimming pool on a golf course and artificial grass. Backed on a large storm pond with fountain.

Enjoy a Maintenance Free Lawn

Imagine all the money and time you could save if you did not have to water your lawn all the time. You could also conserve water and save you on your utility bills. Artificial grass stays green in all kinds of weather. It will never dry or turn yellow, and will always look beautiful.

Synthetic grass also does not require mowing. Which makes it perfect for homeowners who don’t enjoy mowing. Because it is low maintenance synthetic turf is also helpful for homeowners with limited mobility. You won’t have to pay someone to mow your lawn. Best of all, artificial turf will always be the right length.

Downtown skyscraper balcony with artificial grass. Balcony with installed synthetic lawn.

Natural Look & feel

Concern over the look and feel is why many people think synthetic grass is not a good investment. But high-quality artificial turf feels and looks like natural grass. It’s also much more durable than cheaper variations. Most people will not be able to tell the difference between your new synthetic grass lawn and the real thing in the summer.

The lawn provides a place for your kids to play; it is much softer than gravel and concrete. Synthetic grass is just as good for this. Because it looks real, does not need watering, and never grows, it will always be in perfect condition.

Adding a dog run is another option for artificial grass. A dog run gives your pets a place to do their business, without wrecking the grass. One of the benefits is that these synthetic sods are easy to clean. They also never discolour. With an artificial lawn, you can use a pooper scooper to collect any excrement. Wash any remaining residue with a spray bottle or hose.

Drone shot of artificial grass putting green and pool. Landscape is backed on a green space. Stunning large concrete driveway.
A Custom Landscape with Artificial Grass, a fire-pit and large rocks

Its Easy to Install and maintain

As with anything, if artificial grass is not installed correctly you will have problems. One way to ensure success is by hiring a company experienced in artificial turf installation. This will help ensure that the installation is consistent, professional and of high quality.

Before the installation, carefully choose the artificial grass that best fits your needs and lawn area. Search for a company with an excellent reputation that offers a lengthy warranty for their product. Many companies will guarantee their product for 15-20 years depending on the quality of the materials used. Read testimonials, or ask friends if they recommend anyone.

deck and artificial grass and concrete curbing

We start by getting the ground ready

The first step in installing synthetic grass involves clearing the area down to the soil. Crushed stone aggregate is then spread to allow for proper drainage. It also helps provide a consistent, stable base for the artificial grass. The next step is to place a weed barrier over the stone. The weed barrier will prevent vegetation growth through the rock and into the fake grass turf.

Once those steps are done, the artificial turf is cut to fit the area. When the grass is set and secured, infill such as rubber and sand are spread out over the lawn and spread deep into the turf. This smooths out and fills the surface, giving it a comforting and soft base. Arranging the turf’s blades gives it the look of a professionally manicured lawn, similar to what you would see at a baseball stadium.

Artificial Turf beside a lake

Artificial lawn prices & Installation costs

Artificial turf comes with a significant upfront cost — $5 to $20 per square foot, installed. However, once it is down, it is free for the next 15 to 25 years.

Natural sod, on the other hand, costs only 14 to 60 cents per square foot. But that’s where expenditures (and upkeep) begin. You have to water, mow and fertilize to keep it looking lush and green. All of which cost money and take time.

Synthetic grass offers homeowners pristine looking lawns with little maintenance. Synthetic turf brings with it a unique set of qualities. Those qualities allow you to save what you might have spent on maintenance and upkeep of your natural grass. Knowing this, it makes sense that you look into the possibility of making artificial grass a part of your outdoor space.

Artificial grass or synthetic lawn. Curb appeal or concrete curbing. Road median.

Learn about some of the Artificial Grass varieties that we recommend