What Real Estate Agents Need To Know About Artificial Turf

Artificial grass is a quick and easy, maintenance-free method to add value to a garden, terrace or roof. Agents who are well informed about its benefits can help their customers increase their attractiveness.

The hum of lawnmowers and the smell of freshly cut grass often herald the start of summer for most of us.

A lush green lawn is a symbol of status and luxury in many communities, and an entire industry of landscaping, lawn fertilization, and irrigation systems, both above and below ground, has evolved to aid and improve lawn care.

Commercial real estate will place a lot of emphasis on presenting a lush green lawn and carefully manicured landscaping as part of their public appearance. Golf courses, country clubs and putting greens require lawns that are immaculate with great effort, i.e. passed on to their members.

Imagine a lawn that is always green all year round, requiring a one-time investment, little maintenance, and minimal maintenance. A weather-independent lawn that is bright green without watering or fertilization and looks consistently healthy – even if the garden does not get much or no sunlight.

Chemicals required to keep a lawn green, such as fertilizers that can get into the water system from rain, would not be a problem. Muddy conditions due to drainage problems would not exist. What’s more Insects would not thrive on this ideal lawn, eliminating another problem, especially when children are playing.

As global warming continues around the world, innovations are taking place in lawns.

Artificial turf, also known as artificial turf or simply “artificial turf,” is fast becoming a selling point in residential real estate, replacing any labor and concern that living grass requires. (In fact, synthetic fibers are evolving in everything from apparel to insulation to medical applications, and have made their way into artificial turf.)

There are a variety of sources and price points for artificial turf, with guarantees from 10 years. Companies specializing in artificial turf offer full service from planning to installation and maintenance. These companies begin the installation process by removing the topmost layer of vegetation and leveling the surface of the area to be covered.

Gravel, sometimes referred to as the “crusher run”, is laid over the leveled surface, then the lawn is installed. A variety of layering techniques of stone and other crushed materials allow drainage and prevent water retention, mold, or insects.

If plantings or shrubs are desired, areas of the garden are left uncovered to allow access to the ground. The roots of trees and bushes do not disturb the artificial turf. Plantings can be easily watered or sprinkler systems installed for easy maintenance.

Patios, patios and urban roofs are the ideal installation area for artificial turf, as the surface underneath is flat, with no piping, roots or obstacles underneath. Pool decks are another good place for artificial turf because chlorine doesn’t attack the material and it eliminates muddy areas.

It also makes maintenance easy. If you need to do maintenance, such as on a playground, you can simply roll back the artificial turf to access the area below.

Although artificial turf has been shown to be safe for children because there are fewer chemicals and insects, many pet owners have concerns and reservations about its use. A special pet-friendly lawn has been developed that is porous and can be hosed down to prevent odors and to stay hygienic. Will Your Pet Know the Difference? Regardless, you as a pet owner will be satisfied with the ease of care and low maintenance.

Other types of artificial turf have been developed for putting greens, landscaping and even area carpets. There is a type of lawn for every need and so many companies have different suggestions and options.

The best advertisement for this developing product is a lush, light green lawn in the middle of winter, when other yards are faded or brown.

Artificial grass is a quick and easy, maintenance-free method to add value to a garden, terrace or roof. Growing weed from seeds is a labor-intensive process that can delay property sales. A landscaper’s planting of a sod is expensive and requires maintenance.

Efficient and economical artificial turf can help your sellers improve their property, add curb appeal, or enhance a roof deck or patio that may never receive sunlight.

Gerard Splendore is a licensed associate real estate agent with Warburg Realty in New York. Connect with him on LinkedIn.

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