July 7, 2015
With the heat of summer here, we’re sure to again hear one of the annual arguments against artificial grass: that it tends to get hotter than natural turf under hot sun.
While that’s true, as NewGrass® has reported before, it’s also true that synthetic grass blades cool down very rapidly when the lawn is covered, put under shade, or watered even a little. One study, Evaluation of the Environmental Effects of Synthetic Turf, in fact found that, “rapid cooling of the fibers was noted if the sunlight was interrupted or filtered by clouds. Significant cooling was also noted if water was applied to the synthetic fibers in quantities as low as one ounce per square foot.”
It’s also true that synthetic grasses installed with eco-friendly infill become less hot on average compared with artificial lawns installed with traditional crumb-rubber infill. The Penn State Center for Sports Surface Research reported those findings in its Synthetic Turf Heat Evaluation Progress Report.
To bring even greater comfort to homeowners and others considering artificial grass, NewGrass is unveiling new varieties made with a special blend of yarns that are guaranteed to be less hot under the summer sun.
“When combined with an eco-friendly infill rather than traditional crumb rubber, NewGrass Supreme and Ultra with Cool Blade Technology, our latest NewGrass® varieties, will reduce surface heat by as much as 30 percent,” said NewGrass Co-Founder Gregory Goehner.
Just as with all NewGrass®, our Cool Blade yarns:
- Resemble the look and feel of natural grass
- Don’t need watering, weeding, or fertilizing
- Are skin-friendly and UV stable
- Require extremely low maintenance to remove debris and keep the blades lifted
The advantages of NewGrass with Cool Blades are even greater when installed with environmentally safe infills such as ZeoFill.
The debate over the safety of crumb rubber is being waged among environmental groups, concerned-parent organizations, the rubber industry and some members of the synthetic grass industry. But some cities – and NewGrass – argue that caution is the best path and advocate for the use of alternative infills.
“The combination of a summer-friendly yarn and a safe, cooler infill is a definite winning combination all the way around,” Goehner said.
June 10, 2015
If you’re considering xeriscape landscaping for your home, business or school, NewGrass® gives you the option of including lush, green lawn as part of your eco-friendly, super-water-wise ground design.
“NewGrass® gives any xeriscape design an added dimension of rich texture, natural beauty and healthy green color all year and in any climate,” said company co-founder Gregory Goehner.
According to the informational web site About.com, xeriscaping is essentially a “landscape design that has been carefully tailored to withstand drought conditions.”
Xeriscape landscaping can take many forms. For some, it’s simply grouping plants with similar watering requirements together on the landscape. For others, xeriscape landscaping means using only plants that are indigenous to the region, and relying only on natural rainfall or reclaimed water.
Whatever xeriscape means to you, and however much you want to reduce your household’s water consumption, a NewGrass® synthetic lawn can be a natural choice in a xeriscape design for a number of reasons:
- NewGrass® is water and pesticide free, so it’s a perfect match for low-water-use, environmentally conscious landscaping.
- NewGrass® offers even the most rigorous xeriscape design an area where your pets can play and roam – and where the kids can play, too!
- NewGrass® fits into hard-to-access areas and in garden landscapes that have irregular borders or planting configurations.
- NewGrass® naturally complements any form of shrub, plant, garden rocks or gravel.
- Compared with natural turf grass, NewGrass® significantly reduces the number and kinds of pests and insects, aiding your entire xeriscape design.
- NewGrass® is certified 100% eco-friendly, made in part from recycled products and is itself recyclable.