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Going Hybrid Is the Best Eco-Friendly Option

In the world we live in right now, being eco-friendly is a big deal. Saving money on electricity, water, and gas is always on our minds but now there is an even bigger obstacle ahead of us. There places in the United States that are facing critical water supply issues such as Georgia, Califronia, Nevada, Arizona and Colorado to name a few. 
So what have these states done to try and combat these issues?  The simple answer for homeowners has been to make the switch to using synthetic turf on their lawns. Although the switch seems like a very logical one to many, studies have shown over the past 10 years that going synthetic might not exactly save you a ton of money and may also be damaging to the environment.

Heat Problems: Because natural grass retains moisture unlike any synthetic product, the surface area will never be too hot to play on or walk on even on the hottest of summer days. Synthetic turf on the other hand cannot retain moisture so on a typical hot summer day of 95 degrees, the surface temperature on these artificial turf fields could actually rise to 130+ degrees. That makes the surface unbearable to walk or play on.

Drainage Issues: When covered in rain, the synthetic grass doesn't allow for proper drainage meaning blood, animal feces, sweat, and skin cells can remain on the synthetic turf because of the lack of proper drainage. When proper drainage does not happen, bacteria will start forming on the surface which will then be detrimental for the environment.

Lack of Realistic Feel: Although synthetic grass may look like real grass when an iron shot is taken on these synthetic turf surfaces the shot feedback is less than stellar. Natural grass is soft which then allows a golfer to take a divot, but because the synthetic grass solution is meant for the blades to stay in place, hitting shots on these surfaces can sometimes be painful.

High Costs: Synthetic grass is not a cheap solution to have, as they cost a lot of money to manufacture and that's not even including installation expenses. Although going synthetic does in theory reduce the amount of time to manage the turf compared to natural grass, it still does require some repairing to do and to have products reinstalled with cost more money.

Once Synthetic, Forever Synthetic: Once the switch to synthetic grass has been made, it kills all living organisms in the soil making it almost impossible to grow grass for a very long time.

Those are just a simplified reasoning to why going synthetic may not be the best option. This is why a hybrid product that combines both natural grass and synthetic could be the best option to be eco-friendly. Because the surface isn’t 100% natural grass, a homeowner will save on water expenses, fertilizers, and maintaining expenses as well. 

 

 

 

                    

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