While some of us live for the summer season, many people dread it, thanks to their seasonal allergies. Since grass and the weeds that grow in grass are some of the most significant contributors to allergies, investing in artificial grass for your home/property can ease your symptoms.
What Causes Grass Allergies?
Grass pollen is typically the predominant pollen in the air during the late spring and summer months, causing allergic rhinitis, conjunctivitis, and asthma. Direct contact with grass from either playing in the grass or mowing the lawn can also cause issues like hives and eczema. According to the American Academy of Allergy Asthma & Immunology, these reactions are very prevalent.
Your household pets can even experience allergies to grass. If you or one of your family members suffer from allergies associated with natural grass, specifically those from grass pollen, you know the struggle of enjoying and maintaining your lawn.
While it’s hard to eliminate turf allergens, changing to artificial grass will reduce your grass pollen exposure by eliminating the natural turf on your property. So while there may be pollen in the area from bushes and plants, turf pollen will be removed.
Some people have turned to other natural grass alternatives in an effort to alleviate allergies. One of those options is mulch, especially common on and around children's play areas. However, mulch brings issues of its own in the form of mildew and bacteria, which are also common allergens. Mulch also requires frequent maintenance and regular replacement.
Synthetic Turf Benefits
Synthetic turf is a safe alternative to natural grass. It replicates the look and feel of natural grass without the natural irritants. Installing synthetic turf for grass allergies is a smart landscaping solution that not only alleviates allergic reactions but also saves time, money, and water.
Synthetic grass has many eco-friendly properties besides alleviating allergies, too. Consider how often you currently mow your lawn. If you’re mowing with a traditional gas-propelled mower, you could be emitting as much pollution in one hour as 11 cars, and with a riding lawn mower, as much pollution as 34 cars! Not only are you saving yourself from a day full of allergies and hassle when you no longer have to deal with natural grass, but you're also saving the environment and your family from harmful airborne pollutants.
Fake grass is the perfect choice for active areas such as your backyard because it is highly sturdy. Although, no two synthetic surfaces are the same. Shawgrass products are created and made by the research unit responsible for the top-notch sports fields created by Shaw Sports Turf. While the initial investment is higher than real turf, you will recoup your investment quickly with lowered maintenance expenses.
Shawgrass products are also cooler, thanks to innovative technology like HydroChill. This patented technology was created thanks to years of research in both a laboratory and a real-world setting. This precoat is used on the sand infill and activated by adding moisture to offer appreciable cooling for days, depending on local weather.
Best Synthetic Turf Options
Made up of either 100 percent polyethylene or a polypropylene/polyethylene blend, the fibers of Shawgrass synthetic turf are low-density, light-weight, and durable. These fibers are also naturally antimicrobial. The turf features an efficient drainage system that, combined with high-quality fibers, makes it easy to keep clean and allergen-free.
Shawgrass synthetic turf comes in a variety of colors and textures to match the look and feel of your home, with varying fiber types and pile heights. All Shawgrass synthetic grass is installed as a system that includes components like the fibers attached to a premium backing system and infill (sand/silica), making the turf resilient for families and their pets. Additionally, all products boast a Shaw-backed warranty, one of the most comprehensive in the industry.
Reduce Your Allergies
Don't let pesky irritants of natural grass keep you from enjoying your own lawn this summer. It's your yard -take control. Shawgrass is the perfect allergy-free grass for dogs and cats and your family. You can permanently remove the need for traditional lawn care maintenance with the added benefit of comfort and safety for you and your family (not to mention, your yard will be the envy of the neighborhood. Contact us today for a free consultation.
Editor’s Note: This post was originally published in May 2021 and has been updated for accuracy and comprehensiveness.