POOLS AND ARTIFICIAL GRASS: A MATCH MADE IN HEAVEN

YOU MIGHT WANT TO READ THIS IF YOU OWN A POOL.

Perfect combination of pool and artificial grass

Anyone who lives in Northern Territory knows that having a pool can improve the quality of your life. Installing artificial grass can improve the quality of your life, too. In fact, once you make the move to faux lawn, you’ll have a lot more time to enjoy your pool. And more money to invest in splashier pool toys for the kids, more towels to dry the dog, and that outdoor kitchen you’ve been contemplating.

Quite simply, pools and artificial grass are a match made in heaven.

Cooler and safer for people  

Most pools have a hardscape surface around their perimeters, such as concrete or brick. Regardless of the material, it can get so hot it burns your kids’ bare feet (yours, too). In fact, it heats up the entire surrounding area, taking the enjoyment out of sunbathing or simply relaxing.

Splashed water makes hardscape surfaces slippery, increasing the likelihood your kids will fall and hurt themselves while dancing around to avoid the hot surface. This is no fun! Artificial grass is soft underfoot and never slippery, no matter how many cannonballs your family can produce. It drains fast and dries fast.

You can install artificial grass right over the top of that hard, hot, boring surface, creating a seamless transition from lawn to pool.

Safer for poolside landscaping

Splashed water can make a mess of nearby planted areas. Aside from mud, the chlorine and other chemicals in the water can damage many plants, including natural lawn grass. (And, by the way, natural grass gets really slippery when wet, adding to safety concerns for playing kids.)

Cleaner than natural grass

With artificial grass, you can skip the annoying clippings and other debris that inevitably makes its way into your pool. Not to mention mud. And you won’t have to worry about lawn maintenance chemicals making their way into the water, either.

Prettier than concrete or brick

Aside from all the practical considerations, why surround a beautiful, inviting pool with something essentially ugly? Artificial grass is the essence of pretty. Its lush texture and emerald color compliment your pool and enhance your entire landscape. Not only that, even in winter when the pool is not in use, that area will continue to look green and vibrant.

Artificial grass adds grace and beauty to more than swimming pools, too. Your yard may include a lovely pond with koi or a fountain as a water feature. A grassy surround or pathway will draw the eye to this special aspect of your landscaping.

No pool? No sweat

Just put a kids’ wading pool on your lawn. No reason to gasp, “OMG, it will wreck the grass!” Artificial doesn’t just look perfect, it’s tougher than natural grass. Leaving a pool on live grass in the sun all day can severely damage it, even roast it to death. When you empty it at the end of the day, you get a different kind of pool that can take forever to sink in. Faux grass will happily accommodate the pool and quickly drain away water when you dump it out at night.

What else makes pools and artificial grass a heavenly match?

The truth about synthetic grass!!

 

There has been a fair bit of debate around Australia recently on how environmentally responsible synthetic grass is in our neighborhoods and there has been a lot of misleading information out there.

Several councils around Australia are debating the viability of installing synthetic grass on their verges but there have been some misguided statements flying around council chambers and the wider community. That’s not too surprising because synthetic grass is a relatively new product in Australia and its popularity is only just starting to grow.
First of all, we should point out that several councils in Australia have invested in the synthetic grass because of the obvious benefits:
• Saving serious amounts of water
• Saving maintenance costs
• Eliminating use of fertilizers and pesticides, which often leach into our rivers
Some councils are more cautious than others when it comes to approving the use of a new product and that’s understandable as councilors need to know they are making the right policies for their taxpayers.
In this blog, we seek to dispel some of the popular myths and misgivings about artificial turf. We want people who care about their gardens, verges and the environment to have a balanced view of synthetic grass.
We want you to be able to make an informed choice about the products you use for your garden.
So below we highlight some of the statements we’ve heard about synthetic grass recently and give you the facts:
Rainwater runs off plastic lawn – Some people will tell you that rainwater runs off synthetic grass preventing replenishment of groundwater. This is not true. The good quality synthetic grass is permeable with stormwater drainage wholes and, if installed properly, will allow absorption of rainwater in harmony with established drainage systems.
Bright green surfaces all year-round look unnatural – This is debatable of course but it is important to point out that there is a great variety of different synthetic lawn products available now, with different densities, coloring and ‘thatch’ that gives a much more natural appearance. It could also be said that ‘natural’ grass lawns look unnatural if they are green throughout an Australian summer – that’s because they often receive an unnatural amount of irrigation and fertilizer.
Synthetic grass is not energy efficient –
Obviously, there is an input of energy required to produce synthetic grass but this should be balanced against the elimination of the need to use a lawn mower, excessive amounts of water, pesticides, and fertilizers for the next 20 to 30 years of the lifespan of the lawn.
Plastics used in the synthetic grass are not biodegradable, so end up as land-fill – While it is true that synthetic lawns are made of non-biodegradable materials (you wouldn’t want your lawn to fall apart would you!), most of the components can be re-used at the end of its long lifespan. We believe the scope for recycling synthetic lawn components will grow in the coming years but these are yet to be developed because synthetic grass has only just started to grow in popularity and most high-quality artificial lawn products with reasonable maintenance and care given will last for 20 to 30 years.
Degradation of synthetic lawn releases toxins which leach into groundwater – It is important to ensure that when you purchase synthetic grass that it comes from a reliable supplier who can guarantee quality and safety. No Worries Turf Grass lawns do not contain toxins or heavy metals which can be harmful to the environment, your family, or pets. However, there is a growing number of small-scale operators have entered the synthetic grass market in Australia recently and the quality of products varies considerably. We suggest that you do as much research as possible before you choose synthetic grass for your lawn. Those selling synthetic grass should be able to give you full information about their products – if they are not able to answer your questions then look elsewhere to ensure you have confidence in the investment you are making for your home.
Synthetic grass can get hot – It is true that synthetic grass products can get warmer than a natural grass lawn. However, this is usually only a consideration in the height of summer. Yes, this has been a long, hot summer but synthetic grass certainly does not get as hot as paving, another popular alternative to natural grass. The NWTurf product range also includes ‘Cool Grass’ which is up to 25% cooler than other synthetic grass products. We believe that some accounts of the heat retention of synthetic grass are overstated as few people walk on (even natural) lawns on hot sunny days.
The soil under plastic lawn is sterile – In a majority of Australia natural soil is largely sand and has been classified as one of the poorest quality agricultural soils on the planet.  If you have good quality soil under your lawn you are either very lucky or have put an awful lot of work and additives into it. Synthetic grass will not support bacteria, insects, ants, and worms, in the same way, good soils under natural cover can but not many gardens do!
The synthetic lawn does not absorb CO2 or produce oxygen – True. Natural lawns do absorb carbon dioxide and release oxygen but that natural process is largely inhibited in Australia’s summers due to the extreme heat and dry conditions, especially with the necessary water restrictions. Synthetic grass will not enhance the carbon budget in your garden – perhaps one reason why many people see it as an attractive option to paving their backyard while retaining the lush look of a lawn.
Poorly- maintained synthetic lawn looks bad – We agree! It is important to maintain your synthetic grass properly but if it is properly installed that is an easy job. Good quality synthetic lawns look great if they are well maintained. But any garden will become unattractive if it is not well maintained (whether it uses synthetic or natural products).
In heavy rain, the synthetic mat will wash away – One of the more laughable and misinformed statements we’ve heard. Properly installed lawns are very firmly attached through solid fixings and considerable “infill” and would only be moved by an extreme natural disaster in which other structural damage would occur.
Know the facts!
Through this blog, we want to make sure people considering synthetic grass know all the facts. If we were to highlight one aspect of choosing the right product for your garden then it is to ensure you have a quality synthetic lawn that you have confidence in. We want you to have a lawn that you can enjoy for many years to come but there is a wildly varying quality of synthetic grass products on the Australian market. If you feel some of your questions about synthetic grass remain unanswered check out our website or give us a call on  Phone1300 03 77 11

How To D.I.Y. Tips & Maintenance For Synthetic Grass Installation

No Worries Turf is affiliated and working in partnership with professional landscapers and gardeners who specialise in installation services. You are most welcome to utilise their expertise and services but if you decide to give it a go yourself then this is what you will need to do:

Planning

• The area for turf installation should be clearly defined and marked out as necessary.
• Pay special attention when you unroll your product.
• Always run the grain of the turf against any slope, if possible.
• Another useful forethought to have is on how you want the edges to look.

Recommended tools for the job:

1. Stanley Knife with a new blade. (Get a heavy duty tradies knife. Anything lesser in quality will cause hours of annoyance and potential injury)

2. U Shaped synthetic Grass Pins. These pins are used as anchors to pin and anchor the grass down to the crusher rock sub base to secure it in place.

3. Joining / Seaming Tape. You will find there are two types of joining tape for synthetic grass: Self Adhesive (no glue needed), more expensive but cleaner and faster to use and Non Self Adhesive Tape, cheaper and the bigger the project and the more join you will need to do the more economical it becomes (glue will be needed), 1L will glue down approx. 4sqm of turf or will be enough for approx.20 linear meters of non adhesive tape depending on its width. Now which one you will need for your project I suggest will be decided by the size of your project and budget you have allocated.

4. Infill Sand. From professional installation point of view we recommend Kiln Dried Silica Specialty Sand, because it comes nice and dry and that makes it an easier and faster sand to use, as well as because of its high density it takes a much longer time for it to get washed out by rain and that is good from the maintenance point of view. However, if for some reason you cannot get it than use the White washed sand or Play sand that’s OK as well. Now how much sand infill you will need will really depend on the type, style, pile height and density of the grass you have decided to get as well as the overall size of your project. (As a rule of thumb you want your infill level to be no higher than half the length of the grass fibers, for example, if your chosen grass strands are 4cm high than you want your infill to be about 2cm deep).

5. Flat Tip Shovel.

6. Garden Brush. A good stiff bristled plastic outdoor /garden brush. You will need it to brush the infill in to the grass and to give the grass a really good brushing as a finishing touch from all sides and I mean 360 degrees so it really looks good as well as you will need to use it in the future for maintenance to introduce more sand when needed and to give it a good brushing from time to time especially in the heavy traffic areas.

7. Synthetic grass glue; Only to be used if you have chosen to use the Non Adhesive Joining Tape or if you are installing on a hard solid base sub structure like decking, concrete or any other solid base as long as it is not dirt or sand based, think of it this way, glue will not stick to dust or dirt.

8. A plate compactor;
You will only need this tool if you are installing on a crushed rock / crushed dust sub structure. You will need to use this to compact the crushed dust and rock in to a stabilized hard smooth surfaced sub structure to install your synthetic grass. You can rent it from any equipment hire place.

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SYNTHETIC GRASS INSTALLATION

Synthetic turf should be installed on a compacted base of fine crushed rock at least 50mm thick (more if in a sandy area). All joins should be attached using Joining tapes and adhesives. Importantly the turf should be in filled with a mixture of SILICA sand (not washed sand or brickies sand) and/or rubber granules to at least HALF WAY. Once installed properly you should not be able to pick up the turf.

A solid compacted base is vital, but more importantly the correct amount of fill is vital. The fill not only helps keep the grass upright, but also protects it from UV. Sand fill on its own will compact over time and make the area very hard, and pure rubber will eventually wash away and leave no fill.

*Please note, a natural consequence of a roll of turf is the look of creases due to compression in packing and delivery. However, the creases will naturally straighten out after a few hot sunny days after laying the turf.

To make it easier for you to install the turf, it is recommended to unroll the rolls and leave them unrolled for a couple of days, which will help the turf relax and straighten out. Furthermore, infill helps to secure the integrity of the strand.

1) Mark off the area that you will install with an outdoor spray can marker. Consider the dimensions of your Turf to try to get as few seams as possible with your layout.

Installation 1

2) Remove sod, you will need to remove approximately 50mm-100mm of soil. Ideally, the sub base will be pitched slightly towards the best direction to allow for water drainage to run-off. Also, after the sub base and the Turf are installed, you will want to have the edges of the Turf at an even level with the natural landscape.

Installation 2

3) Cap Sprinklers. Turn off valves, compact existing ground to “firm it up fully” (you can rent a vibrating plate compactor at most rental centers). Spray weed/grass killer and place a weed barrier mesh down (not always necessary in all areas).

installation 3

4) Sub-Base: It is very important to ensure the sub-base is completely dry before laying any crushed rock to reduce settling and ensure proper compaction for the surface. Once you confirm that the sub-base is dry, add a top layer of crusher dust or a 5mm crushed rock (these types are best so you don’t feel any protruding rocks when you walk on your Turf) – ask your local garden supplier or nursery what material local landscapers use under paving bricks, etc. The purpose is to firm and level your base, 50mm -100mm of base is usually enough, although in some areas of the country where soil is especially unstable you may need up to 100-150mm of base material; just ask a local expert like a nursery, landscape center, or rock yard if you are not sure. *** Please note if more than 75mm of base material is used, you will also need to increase the amount of soil removal.

Instalation 4

5) Spread, and then compact the sub base material twice. Use the plate compactor again.

6) Finishing Sand layer (not always required if crushed rock is adequately smooth). Spread a fine layer of sand (approx. 2-5mm using just an ordinary seed drop spreader) on the surface to make it more level, bags of “play sand” are available at garden suppliers, some hardware stores. You may also use a water-filled sod roller for an even more level surface.

7) Check surface for depressions. Any depression areas 10mm-20mm or deeper should be filled-in and re-leveled. Although the turf also drains vertically through the drainage holes that are manufactured in the turf, it is still advisable to give the sub-base a slight slope, to avoid any pools of water (slope away from buildings).

8) Roll out Turf. Position the turf where it goes, be accurate (so you don’t cut off turf you actually need). Note: Try to avoid dragging the turf as this may dislodge some crushed rock or sand.

Installation 5

9) Cut the turf. Cut off excess material so it’s easier to work with. Always use a sharp blade in your utility knife! Make sure turf is still positioned where it goes. Now, trim turf more exactly with straight lines. For optimal performance and beauty, make sure the turf is installed exactly over the prepared base.

10) Seaming. Where two pieces of turf come together you will need to make a seam. You can always pay a local synthetic grass installer or carpet layer to help you for a few hours with this process if it makes you feel more comfortable although it usually isn’t necessary for most. The seams are simply glued together with outdoor turf adhesive and 150mm wide seaming tape.

Installation 6
At the joining seam, a 150mm wide piece of seaming tape should be cut to the length of the seam. The turf is to be laid seam to seam the way that it should look to ensure it fits tightly together before it is glued. Note: The pattern of turf stitching on the underside must run in the same direction before the two pieces are adhered. Both sides of the turf at the seam must be pulled back in order to install the seam tape. Note: Before adhering both pieces ensure that both edges have been properly trimmed, straight, and will match up perfectly.
Lay the seam tape down on the base directly between the two pieces of turf that are to be joined. Apply gluing compound to the entire piece of seam tape with a notched trowel. Place one side of the turf in the middle of the tape (approximately 150mm) to the center of the tape. Lay the other side of the turf over the middle of the seam tape to match up exactly to the turf that has just been adhered to the tape. Mesh the fibers together with fingers or brush. Note: Allow 24 hours for glue to properly dry. The following procedures can be administered during the drying time, but turf may shift and require repositioning.

11) Infill Preparation. Once glue has dried, trim off turf so your lawn fits as desired. Next, it is a good idea to nail the perimeter every 500mm-800mm with steel pegs (80-120mm length). In order to prepare to infill the turf, rake or power broom the turf in the opposite direction that the turf is laying on the roll. This will allow the infill material to infiltrate the turf rapidly and prevent turf blades from getting trapped in the infill. The infill process will now commence using a standard seed drop spreader with either sand or crumb rubber as an infill. The infill helps to weigh the turf down, and stabilize the fibers so as to help avoid “matting”.
Most use sand infill as it is the least expensive compared to rubber infill. Of course rubber is more shock absorbent than sand, so choose what you can afford and prefer, although it is advisable to have at least the top half in rubber infill. You want to calculate the amount of infill in advance, as you will want to leave around 15mm of grass blade exposed. As a general rule of thumb, approximately .75 of a kilogram of sand equals around 10mm of infill height. Spread the infill in several passes. As you spread the infill you should make one entire pass on the surface then sweep it down into the fibers, repeating the process until all of your infill has been spread.

Installation 7

12) Optional Edging. Depending on your yard, you may want to install some type of edging material around your new lawn. Examples are natural stone, brick, rock borders, metal edging, plastic edging and timbers edging (similar to what is used around flower beds) are popular.

Congratulations!!! The installation is complete!

Synthetic Grass Maintenance
Compared to natural grass, artificial grass maintenance is a breeze. After installation has been completed, there are no more worries about mowing, weeding, fertilizing, or regular watering. Even still, synthetic grass is not entirely maintenance free.

Artificial Grass Maintenance: Remove Debris Regularly
Your synthetic grass should be kept as free from debris as possible. This includes leaves, animal waste, and smaller objects like discarded paper wrappers and branches. Inspect your lawn regularly for these objects. Remove them by hand or use a plastic garden rake. Never use a metal rake. It is also safe to use a leaf blower on synthetic grass.

Artificial Grass Cleaning
For homeowners who live in areas where it rains periodically, rainwater will usually be sufficient to remove dust and bits of soil from the synthetic grass. If desired, the area can also be hosed down periodically.

Clean up after your pets by removing solid waste as you normally would. Wash off any remaining debris with a hose. However, if there has been no rain for a long time we suggest you prevent pet odors and dirt by spraying the turf with Simple Green or a ?green? household cleaner and thoroughly wash down the area with a hose. If there are stains that cannot be removed with water alone, a mild detergent may be used. Gently wipe the surface until the stain is removed. Solvents or harsh chemicals should never be used to remove stains.

Artificial Grass Maintenance: Considerations for High Traffic Areas
Synthetic grass installed by a knowledgeable professional will be quite durable. However, it is important to keep a close eye on the areas of the lawn that receive the most traffic. Two problems in these areas are common. First, the fibers can become flattened over time. To remedy this, use a brush to return the fibers to their original position. Brush them in a number of different directions for a more natural look. Secondly, the infill under heavily-used sections can become compacted, resulting in noticeable depressions. To fix this, all that is needed is some infill and a stiff brush. Simply apply infill to the depression and work it in using the brush. Continue to add infill until the surface is once again uniform.

Professional Artificial Grass Maintenance
Removing debris, inspecting high traffic areas for depressions or flattened fibers, and artificial grass cleaning are all tasks that can quite easily be handled by the homeowner. However, there are times when it is advisable to call in a professional. If large portions of your synthetic grass lawn are flattened, it will likely be too time-consuming to fix this problem with a hand-held brush. Similarly, if your lawn requires major repairs, you would like to change its appearance, or you want additional synthetic grass installed, a professional is your best bet.

Increase Value of Your Property- No Worries!

Increase Value of Your PropertyNo Worries!
No Worries Turf, once installed will dramatically change the look of your property and instantly increase its value. Great and practical solution if you are planning to sell your property. Let’s face it, picture says a thousand words.
 
How does a 100% to 200% return on investment (?R.O.I?) sound to you?  Too good to be true? Not according to a Money Magazine story on home renovations or Penn State University, Department of Landscape Architecture.  They both agree that a well done landscaping home improvement offers the best return on investment of any home improvement you can make; and that you will get a 100% to 200% return on your investment when applied to a home’s resale value. 
This far surpasses the R.O.I. you could hope to gain from a kitchen remodel, bath remodel, swimming pool, or any other home improvement.  Yet homeowners rarely think of landscaping first when remodeling in hopes of commanding a higher home price.  Even if you aren’t planning to move, it’s nice to know you are adding real value to your home by installing No Worries Turf ? not to mention the savings from water usage and costs of maintaining natural grass.  And it looks great!
 
No Worries Turf synthetic grass harmonizes well with surrounding foliage.  Our products are very realistic and compliment nature, which gives your home great curb appeal.
A real estate appraiser or agent would tell you that landscaping contributes to a home in two ways.  First it simply adds to the total value of the property, and second is the aesthetic and emotional role landscaping plays when trying to sell a house.
It’s tough to measure how powerful a value-oriented landscape could be in the selling process.  For a prospective buyer, it is very hard to separate the house and the landscaping.  For two houses equal in all other respects, the one with better curb side appeal will sell faster.  Though it’s difficult to define what makes a landscape pleasing, it’s obvious to everyone when something’s not.
 An ugly lawn speaks of the type of owner and how the entire house is cared for.  A beautiful lawn can increase the perceived square footage of a home because this is seen as  a really useable area.
 

5 Reasons Synthetic Grass is Perfect For Parents

Kids love a garden!

Whether it’s warm and sunny or pouring with rain, you can bet your little ones will want to get outside to run around. Have you ever thought how much better off you and your children would be if you had a synthetic lawn?

Keep reading, because we’re going to show you 5 reasons why a synthetic lawn is perfect for parents!

1. Your kids won’t hurt themselves as much – One thing you can guarantee is at some point your kids are going to fall down. What with the play fighting, racing, and skipping, they’re going to get the occasional bump and bruise.

The advantage of synthetic grass is it’s naturally soft and springy. Children will get a much more cushioned landing, and that means less cuts and less tears.

2. Your carpets will last longer – Is there anything worse than your little one charging in from the garden with muddy shoes?

You’ve spent ages trying to keep your carpets clean and fresh, and within seconds your lovely thick carpet is transformed into a brown sodden mess. If you’re really unlucky you may even spot the odd tinge of green where grass has stained your floor.

Synthetic grass doesn’t get muddy even when it rains. Muddy carpets will be a thing of the past, and there’ll be no more screaming at your kids to leave their shoes outside.

3. Children won’t suffer with hay fever so much

Hay fever is horrible enough for adults. Imagine how uncomfortable it can be for a child. Nothing makes them more irritable than suffering from streaming eyes, sore throats, and sneezing fits which seem to last for hours.

How bad do you feel after you’ve sneezed nine times in a row? Synthetic grass won’t antagonize their hay fever. You’ll have less allergen in the air, and no freshly cut grass, which is known to have a bad effect on hay fever sufferers.

4. You’ll save money on new clothes

Getting muddy and dirty in the garden is all part of being a kid. But mucky clothes need more washing and regular washing will reduce their lifespan. You’ll also avoid mud and grass stains, which can be a nightmare to get out!Think of how much money you’ll save in stain removers!

5. You can design a garden wonderland

The great thing about synthetic grass is it comes in different colours. It means you can give your children their own themed play area. You could create a football pitch or racetrack for boys or a princess’s kingdom for girls.

The possibilities are literally endless!

So there are just 5 reasons parents and children will benefit from having synthetic grass in their garden. When you roll in the advantages of low maintenance and water savings, it makes replacing your real grass a no brainer!