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Artificial Turf Gets Rid of Weeds

February 16, 2017

Most people who have lawns have to deal with weeds at some point. Many of them are an eyesore, and some are beautiful. The problem is most of them can be health hazards. Do you know what is safe, and what isn’t? Your children and pets are playing among plants that may not be safe for them to touch or ingest. When you purchase and properly install artificial, you can avoid weeds. Watersavers Turf can help you create a safer yard. We are the SF Bay Area’s premier artificial grass distributor and have over 60 styles of turf to choose from.

It would be much better if you could have a perfect lawn without ever having to concern yourself with weeds. One way to do it to install artificial turf. With an artificial turf surface, you can be sure your lawn is safe for all of your loved ones. Caring for it is easy as well, saving you time and money.

One of the most well-known is poison oak which causes a blistering rash. Some of the other plants can cause real health problems. True, there are products you can buy to get rid of them, but you can’t be sure they’ll work. Also, they will leave chemicals behind that are not safe for you and your family.

Synthetic Turf Makes Lawns Safer

Lawn care is already a major process if you own a home. You have to water the grass, mow it, and make sure it looks its best all year long. You also need to be aware of what kind of plants are growing in it. Staying on top of the dangers is key to safety. So is getting rid of any harmful weeds. If all this sounds like too much of a challenge, synthetic turf is a great option. When you install a synthetic turf lawn, you can always be sure that there are no plants posing a risk to loved ones. Synthetic turf also stays in great shape in all sorts of weather, making it much safer to play on for kids.

Fake Grass and Landscape Material—A Weed-Fighting Duo

If you don’t have a fake grass lawn with an underlayment of landscape material, there are a number of common plants that might be in your garden that poses health risks. Take a look at the following list, and read about the dangers they present:

Foxglove – This colorful flower can be deadly. It is highly toxic and can cause severe pain, hallucinations, irregular heart function, and even death.

Devil’s weed – This plant may look harmless, but its seeds and leaves can be deadly if eaten. It grows to three to five feet tall and has purple or white trumpet-shaped flowers. It is also known as Jimson Weed.

Poison oak – Often hard to spot, it blends in with nearby plants like blackberry bushes. This plant has a trio of scalloped leaves and white flowers in the spring. In the fall, it has light-colored berries. People who touch it could suffer an allergic reaction such as a severe rash.

Poison hemlock – Another plant that could be deadly, even if it looks safe. It is highly poisonous, and eating any part of the lacy white flowers can be fatal. Think “Macbeth.”

Oleander – This common garden shrub is very toxic when ingested by pets or humans. It is known by its blooms of white, red or pink.

Buttercup – They look lovely growing in a field, but if eaten can cause major digestive damage.

Monkshood – This plant, especially the roots, contains an alkaloid that can paralyze major nerves if contact is made with any mucous membrane.

Hydrangea – Comes in varying shades of white, pink and blue flowers. Cats and dogs that eat either the flowers or leaves could develop diarrhea, vomiting or lethargy.

Wisteria – The flowers, seeds and the pods can cause mild to severe digestive problems when eaten.

As the list above shows, properly installing a fake grass lawn makes it much easier to own a home without having to constantly inspect your garden for weeds. If you’re thinking about going this route, we at Watersavers Turf have a line of fake grass that are safe for you, your family, and even pets to play on.

Get a free estimate to see how much it would cost to install it on your property. Our reps can be reached for chat 24/7 on our website. We’re more than happy to answer your questions when you call us at 844-874—8873. To make life easier for you, we offer an 18-year residential warranty as well. If you’re not convinced yet, stop by one of our SF Bay Area locations and ask about getting some free 1’ X 1’ samples.

 

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2 comments on “Artificial Turf Gets Rid of Weeds”

  1. Pat Condelli says:

    After seven years my artificial turf is now getting LOTS of weeds and real grass growing in it and it is nearly impossible to remove them. I can’t use Roundup because my dog can not be near Round Up and also once you use roundup until the root dies instead of having ugly green things growing in my artificial turf then I have ugly brown things growing in my artificial turf. How can I get rid of the weeds and grass in my artificial turf?

  2. Hi Pat:

    Thank you for your inquiry! We typically hear this question when the installer did not use weed barrier. We recommend weed fabric be installed to prevent such an issue from happening. But now that it is, there are a few options:
    1) Weed killer, and in your case, weed killer that is safe for animals. There are a few brands out there like AVENGER or DR. EARTH that is safe for pets. You can also try a home remedy (https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/special/organic/homemade-pet-friendly-weed-killer.htm).
    2) Power washer – some contractors power wash the area to remove weeds.
    3) Pull up the turf – Pull on the turf and pull all the weeds. Then install weed barrier prior to reinstalling the turf.

    In reality weed killer is just a temporary fix, so installing weed barrier is the best bet.