Contours Landscapes Synthetic Turf department was established when our team of award winning landscape designer received regular enquires for artificial turf.
Contours Landscapes saw this as an opportunity to offer our clients the option of an eco-friendly solution in lawn application that would enable people to have perfectly green lawns all year round without the need for constant maintenance and regular water applications. The synthetic lawn market offers exactly that, along with many other positive benefits, such as being pet -friendly, and offering a versatile surface for those shaded spots in the garden where conventional lawns would not grow.
With our artistic landscape design experience we are able to incorporate synthetic lawns into the landscape installation. Perhaps the advantage Contours Landscapes has over companies who specialise solely in the installation of synthetic turf, is that we use our design expertise to ensure that the installation takes into account the principles of design and so compliments the rest of the landscape.
Why artificial lawn?
With the extreme weather patterns that we are currently and are likely to experience in the future, and which are predicted to persist (driven largely by the effects of global warming) one can expect ones landscape to be dry and barren during the dry periods and wet and muddy during periods of excessive rain. These extreme weather fluctuations are not conducive to healthy natural lawns (or landscapes).
Synthetic lawn eliminates the negative consequences of adverse weather conditions on one’s lawn. Synthetic turf does not need to be irrigated which will substantially reduce water consumption and hence costs. By choosing this alternative to natural lawn you will also reduce the amount of pesticides/herbicides that have a detrimental effect on the environment.
When artificial lawn?
Budget – Due to the capital cost (the initial expense of installing the product) you will need to have a bigger budget than if you were to install natural turf. But as shown later in this article, in the long term, it is in fact more cost effective to install synthetic turf than it would be to install natural turf.
Traffic – If you have an area with hi foot traffic for instance a balcony or a narrow pathway, synthetic turf will not die back like natural turf.
Shade – Shade and natural turf do not go together. Shady areas seldom look good under natural turf…especially when it is combined with high traffic and or limited irrigation application.
High traffic – Be it pedestrian or vehicular traffic, natural turf does not thrive under constant traffic.
Unsuitable underlying soil – If you have an area with an underlying hard surface such as concrete, or an area where the underlying soil has a high clay content, or very sandy soils with little nutrient value, synthetic turf would be far more effective than natural turf.