Summer becomes even more fun when a pool is included in the festivities. When a pool is being used, shoes are off and there can be a lot of foot traffic around this aquatic feature. Therefore, it’s advantageous, if not imperative, that the pool surround remains cool to the feet, non-slippery, soft, and doesn’t promote the tracking of dirt or mud into the pool itself. This is where Artificial Grass shines. During pool parties or even everyday use, natural grass can get muddy and slippery and needs constant upkeep. Natural turf also requires regular maintenance, chemicals, mowing, weeding, etc., and grass clippings can become another pool contaminant. Synthetic Grass won’t get muddy and slippery like natural grass, and Artificial Turf not only saves water, but it always looks perfect.
Summer can be hot anywhere in the country, but in the deep south and southwest U.S., especially, temperatures can reach 100 degrees or hotter during several months each summer. Artificial grass for pool areas has so many advantages over natural grass when all things are considered. Choosing the wrong pool surround material can lead to slipping, falling, burned feet, muddy messes, and more. There are many options to consider when planning for or updating a pool area, but artificial grass features more advantages than any other option. Some of these advantages are listed below:
Compared with natural grass, artificial turf requires minimal maintenance. With synthetic grass, there is no watering, fertilizing, insect or weed control, dethatching, aeration, mowing, trimming, edging, etc., which saves time, effort, and money in maintaining a pool area.
Synthetic grass is purposely designed to withstand heavy foot traffic and any weather conditions. It doesn’t wear down with repeated use like natural grass can, which makes it a much more durable option for pool surrounds where kids, adults, and pets frequently walk, run, or lounge.
No matter what kind of natural grass is put down, enough traffic in wet conditions can turn the best-looking grass into a muddy mess around a pool. Unlike natural grass, artificial grass holds up very well when moisture is introduced. This helps keep the pool area clean and mud-free, even after rain or numerous cannon balls.
Even though artificial turf isn’t completely slip-resistant, it can be much less slippery than natural grass which tends to mix dirt with water for a muddy and slick mess. With its artificial composition, it naturally creates more traction.
Natural grass requires a lot of water to properly maintain its health and appearance year-round. This is especially problematic in areas that are short on water or dealing with water restrictions. Artificial grass only requires occasional rinsing unless pets frequent the area. Many thousands of gallons of water can be saved each year when synthetic turf is used around pools versus natural grass.
Looks Good Year Round
Synthetic grass maintains its vibrant green appearance throughout the year, regardless of what season it is. This ensures that any pool area will always look appealing, inviting, and well-kept regardless of the season or weather.
Providing a soft and comfortable surface on which to walk, sunbathe, play, or exercise, artificial grass creates a pleasant and safe environment for families and guests to gather around a pool area without having to worry about dried-out grass, stickers, insects, or sunbaked ground.
Some artificial grass varieties can help reflect some heat rather than absorbing it all internally. This can be advantageous for pool deck areas where people are typically barefoot and hot surfaces are a touchy subject, literally.
Nobody likes stepping on a fire ant mound next to a pool with their bare feet. The same goes for ground-dwelling wasps or bees that can be present in natural grass turf. There are a host of insects that can sting, pinch, burn, or somehow injure someone if stepped on. Synthetic turf provides an almost pest-free area that is much safer to walk on.
When artificial grass has a good drainage system, it dries out quickly. This allows for the surface to be utilized sooner than natural turf without the risk of slipping or creating a muddy mess.
Natural grass is susceptible to design challenges, shade, lack of water, too much water, poor maintenance, and so on. Artificial grass can be put down in any shape or design and has very few design limitations.
Artificial grass installations can be designed to feature the latest and greatest drainage systems that wick away a lot of water quickly, whereas natural grass areas may take hours or days to completely drain. Synthetic grass is designed with lots thousands of perforations or holes that allow water to move through the turf at a fast pace so water doesn’t pond or stagnate.
In closing, artificial grass installations can have numerous advantages for pool surrounds that natural grass can’t provide. From being more durable, better drained, less muddy and slippery, longer lasting, design-friendly, water-saving, less maintenance and soft, artificial grass is worth considering for any turf needs around pools.