What real estate agents need to know about artificial turf


Synthetic turf is a quick and easy, maintenance-free method of beautifying a yard, patio or roof. Agents knowledgeable about its benefits can help their customers improve their attractiveness.

For most of us, the buzz of lawn mowers and the smell of freshly cut grass often herald the first days of summer.

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

Commercial properties will go to great lengths to present a rich green lawn and carefully maintained landscaping as part of their public image. Golf courses, country clubs and putting greens require pristine lawns at great expense, that is, in turn, passed on to their members.

Imagine an evergreen lawn, requiring a one-time investment, little care and minimal maintenance all year round. A lawn that doesn’t depend on the weather, that is a vibrant green without watering or fertilizing, and regularly healthy looking – even if the yard does not get enough sunlight, or not at all.

The chemicals needed to keep a green lawn, such as fertilizer, which can enter the water system through rain runoff, would not be a problem. Muddy conditions due to drainage problems would be nonexistent. What else, insects would not thrive in that ideal lawn, eliminating another concern, especially where children play.

As global warming continues around the world, innovation in lawns is ongoing.

Synthetic lawns, also known as artificial turf or simply ‘fake turf’, are quickly becoming a selling point in residential real estate, replacing all the labor and worry that living turf requires. (In fact, man-made fibers are growing in everything from clothing to insulation to medical use, and have moved to artificial turf.)

There are a variety of sources and prices for synthetic lawns, with warranties starting at 10 years. Companies specializing in synthetic lawns offer a full service, from design to installation to maintenance. These companies begin the installation process by removing the top layer of vegetation and leveling the surface of the area to be covered.

Crushed stone, sometimes referred to as a “crush stroke,” is laid on the leveled surface and then the sod is installed. A variety of layering techniques for stone and other crushed materials provide drainage and prevent the build-up of water, mold or insects.

If plantings or shrubs are desired, the areas of the yard are left uncovered, to allow access to the ground. The roots of trees and shrubs do not interfere with artificial turf. Plantations can be easily watered or sprinkler systems can be installed for simple maintenance.

Patios, decks, and city rooftops are the perfect installation area for artificial turf because the surface below is flat, with no plumbing, roots, or obstructions underneath. Pool decks are another good place for artificial turf as the chlorine won’t damage the material and muddy areas are eliminated.

It also facilitates maintenance. If you need to do maintenance work, for example, 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 bugs, many pet owners have concerns and reservations about its use. A special grade of pet sod has been developed. It is porous and can be washed with a water jet to prevent odors and remain hygienic. Will your pet be able to tell the difference? Either way, you, the pet owner, will be happy with the ease of maintenance and low maintenance.

Other types of synthetic turf have been developed for greens, landscaping, and even rugs. There is a type of lawn for every particular need, with so many companies offering different proposals and options.

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

Synthetic turf is a quick and easy, maintenance-free method of beautifying a yard, patio or roof. Growing grass from seed is a labor intensive process that can delay the sale of a property. Having a landscaper planted sod is expensive and requires maintenance.

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

Gérard Splendore is a certified associate real estate broker with Warburg Realty in New York. Connect with him on LinkedIn.


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