Synthetic Turf Helps Edible Gardens Bloom

This year we thought we would try something new. We have redesigned our yard to create a local, impressive show piece for our clients to see a variety of high end products. Scott’s love of golf made the decision to have a large focus on the putting green quite easy. And so the design began! There is a large 900 sq.ft 3-hole putting green, 3 chipping decks and even 2 “sand” bunkers under the trees. There is a large area between the putting green and laneway where we used our popular SoftLawn Plush Pro, a turf that gives the lush, realistic appearance of a lawn. In the one section we have added a 2” foam pad, displaying the surface we use under play equipment. This soft surface is safe and satisfies HIC and fall ratings up to 12’.

 

synthetic turf garden 

Scott also wanted an area solely dedicated to growing vegetables. He had wanted to grow his own vegetables, spices, and try to eat more local, fresh foods. The idea became that there would be large wooden boxes lining the entire outside edges of the yard, about 40ft long, 3ft wide and 1ft deep. Now you would think the ideas stopped there, we have a putting green, an area to play and let the dog run around on, and a full edible garden, what more could anyone want? Well, Scott decided to incorporate the synthetic turf into his garden. He lined the insides of the boxes with a short piled turf. The theory behind this innovation was to allow for an increase of gaseous exchange vital for root growth and healthy plants. As an added bonus, it also protects the wood from the damp soil. It was a bit of an experiment as there isn’t much research into this (as far as we have found) so we didn’t know what to expect fully.

 

building the garden

synthetic turf garden

artificial grass lining

 

edible garden

The results were amazing! The garden produced so much fresh produce and it was all so colourful, tasty and huge! The garden had some of the biggest vegetables we had ever seen! And so many of them! As an added bonus there were much fewer unwanted weeds a synthetic turf reduced the amount of wind-blown spores in the air. The plants and trees further assist with the CO2 uptake, compensating for the loss of native grass in the area. In the end, there was much more time spent using the yard and enjoying the fresh vegetables, rather than working on it and buying groceries.

 

watering the garden 

Technology has come a long way in recent years, and artificial turf can have a truly realistic appearance without the hassle associated with the real grass. Growing live plants balances the footprint of synthetic turf. By planting edible vegetables and plants that will put food on your table, you are doing your part to eat local and promote the much healthier local economy.

 

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The Unspoken Benefit of Synthetic Turf

We often hear people talk about the usual benefits of synthetic turf; we know that it requires low maintenance, no water and provides a soft, safe, and allergen-free area for children and pets. What we don’t hear about very often though, is the fact that bacteria can’t survive in synthetic turf products, and the benefits of that. One of our very own sales representatives has a story about that.

This gentleman, much like all of us, likes to spend his summers outdoors and around his home, and with this comes the typical household chores. Last summer this young man (in his mid-30’s) became ill. He began experiencing flu-like symptoms, but they were lasting for far too long. He then started to go blind in one eye. The doctors didn’t know what was wrong. He was only in his thirties, kept a typical healthy lifestyle, and they didn’t see any red flags. They then discovered he had contracted Toxoplasmosis, a parasitic disease which lives in organic materials or on host animals.

Toxoplasmosis can infect most warm-blooded animals, including humans, though the primary host is the cat family. The most significant risks come through contamination of raw meat, hands, and from animals. Up to one third of the world’s population is estimated to be carrying the infection. For some, they will never even know they are carrying it and it will never make them ill. Those with weakened immune systems have a greater chance of becoming severely ill, and it can occasionally be fatal. This parasite can cause an inflammation of the brain, neurological diseases, and can affect all major organs. In this gentleman’s case, the infection had spread to his eye, leading to him losing his eye.

The doctor assumed he picked up the infection by cutting his lawn, handling the grass clippings, then touching his mouth, nose or eyes. The infection then quickly spread to his eye and caused him to lose it. Due to his life-changing experience last year, this man decided to make some changes. Once he learned bacteria can’t survive on synthetic turf, he wanted to make the switch as one of his ways to protect himself and his family from any future harm. He is now a synthetic turf sales representative and promotes all it has to offer. His goal is to educate people to prevent anyone else having this happen to them and get the word out.

As one of his efforts to protect his and all other children, he began promoting the Playground Turf. Children are much more likely to play in the dirt and pick up bacteria on their hands, which then spreads very quickly through those little bundles of energy. The safe recreation surface is ADA/ABA compliant and consistent with all CPSC requirements. It exceeds national safety standards and is ASTM certified. The surface is soft and safe for kids with fall zone safety ratings to 12’. Not to mention, this surface provides a lush, grassy, play area which is inviting for children. Facility owners and parents alike, never again have to worry about exposure or contact with harsh chemicals found in pesticides and fertilizers.

 

playground fake grass turf kids play safe
 

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