Grass. It is not exactly something that we are all thinking of each day. However, that does not mean that we should not give it the attention that it deserves! It can be a fascinating topic, especially when we start to delve into some of the alternative styles of it.
One of these that I would like to highlight is called artificial turf, also known as turf. There are a ton of different types of it, so today I will discuss those variances with you. If you are new to this at all, though, consider taking a peek at this post beforehand. Once you are back, let us get started!
Warm Season Artificial Grasses
As the name of these suggests, these types are meant to emulate the natural grass that grows in the Southern United States and other warmer regions across the globe. There are a few different species to select from, so it will be up to you to decide what look you prefer. What are some of them, then?
In terms of a list, the most common that fall under this category are St. Augustine grass, Centipede, Zoysia, Bahia, Buffalograss, Carpetgrass, and Bermuda grass. Of course, there might be some other options too. Do not be afraid to inquire with the vendor of yours to see what might work for your needs. The area where it is installed will influence this selection, of course.
In general, these types of turf flourish in regions that experience warm temperatures for most of the year. Remember that while it is artificial, usually there is still upkeep required. So, the species that you decide to choose does matter.
Cool Season Artificial Grasses
As you have probably gathered from the name of this category, these kinds of turf are better for cooler climates. So, think the northern part of the United States and another other places across the world with colder weather. If that sounds like your experience, these might be the correct choice for you.
In regard to the specific species, some popular examples are Red Fescue, Kentucky Blue grass, bentgrass, and ryegrass in both perennial and annual forms. You can read further about them here: https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/lawn-care/lgen/what-is-cool-grass.htm. Just note that there will be differences between the natural and artificial varieties, most notably when it comes to maintenance.
Transition Zone Turf
This is the final category that I will discuss today, and it is notable because these are types that can thrive in both types of climates and areas where the temperatures range between the two extremes. Usually, they are considered the most popular ones to choose, since they have a bit more flexibility. After all, they can survive in more regions.
Many of them were already listed in the first two sections, so I will spare you the repeat there. If this is the category that you are interested in, you can usually just let your vendor know and they can typically steer you in the right direction. I find that talking to the experts about what could survive best in our yards is usually a wise idea.
In terms of artificial turf for recreation, these transition zone ones are usually the go to. Why is that? Well, they are designed to withstand the wear and tear of many people traversing it, for one thing. Obviously, that is preferred when it comes to spaces such as a playground or a sports field.
There is a good reason for turf being the surface of choice for places like football fields, as just one example of it. Obviously, it does not need to be mowed and watered nearly as often (if at all, depending on what you select). Additionally, the makeup of it lends itself to softer falls when a player hits the ground. This can help mitigate the severity of injuries, including concussions.
The transition zone grasses are most suitable for this because they can survive many temperature oscillations. A lot of stadiums experience that as the year goes on, depending on when the sports season is. Usually, they span across at least two, meaning that the weather can change considerably between the start and the end.
Hopefully, this article has been helpful for you today. While it is not always the most exciting thing to read about, I would certainly consider this information valuable. As more and more people decide to install turf on their lawns and in parks across the country, being able to care for it is obviously important.
Because the upkeep can change depending on the type that you select, things can get a bit tricky. Educating ourselves on those species can help with this, though. That is the main reason that I shared this today, so use it to your advantage!