In the effort to prevent homeowners from turning their front yards into a car park, municipalities took to writing bylaws effectively preventing just that. The bylaws on the books for the past 30-40 years restrict the use of hard surfaces by requiring a large percentage up to 75% of all front lawns must be of a living breathing plant such as grass or gardens.
The bylaw intentionally or unintentionally ensnared homeowners who wanted artificial grass not to park cars on but rather for the overall esthetic of having a low-maintenance care-free beautiful front lawn.
The on-going headache and maintenance of a real grass lawn have become so challenging what with pesticide bans, ever-growing tree canopies that don’t allow needed sunshine and tree roots sucking up needed nutrients. A growing generation of dog owners now have every street busy with constant dog walking, resulting in dogs relieving themselves, soil erosion, and soil compaction is just a few of the setbacks even the most seasoned gardeners struggle with.
Many city residents are well past retirement age but want to remain in their homes but can’t keep up with the challenge of real grass but want the yard space to be attractive without the headaches.
Even though there have been improvements over the years in the manufacture of artificial grass, city planners remain unmoved arguing that artificial grass although permeable to some extent most require a compactable aggregate sub-surface no different than other hard surfaces. This fact means excessive water run-off is still an issue, and other improvements to artificial grass don’t address the excessive heat concerns often cited.
ProGreen Canada’s recent advancements in their new Playfair Turf think they have found the perfect system using their Newest Dual Fiber (40% more durable than all other landscape grass) designed specifically for landscape areas and notably designed to accept 2 lbs. of a 100% organic infill that keeps their turf almost as cool as real grass. The new infill is harvested from cork, and coconuts shells from pesticide and toxic-free crops, and 100% recyclable in nature. The new Dual fiber turf is a thatch free landscape product, the key to making the inherent low-bulk density fill easily accepted into the fibers.
Absorbing 150% of its weight in moisture, the Greenplay Infill takes humidity out of the air and by other natural moisture, i.e., rainfall and as such, employing the new Fairlawn Turf system greatly helps reducing water run-off, with the infill slowly releasing moisture back into the atmosphere in an evaporative cycle like natural grass.
Test prove using the hottest 50° C full sun the Fairlawn Turf is just 6 °C warmer than real grass, compare that to all other artificial turfs that temperature results a blistery hot 76.66 ° C. The FIFA Method 14 test classifies Greenplay as a Category 1, same as grass at 50 °C.
Perhaps as important as heat reduction and reducing water run-off Playfair incorporates their patent-pending ProFlow Backing which drains at a whopping 437 Gallons per hour (even faster than real grass) compared to all other turfs that drain 40-60 gallons per hour.
By employing Playfairs non -perforated backing, there is no concern of weeds infiltrating and as such minimum aggregate of any kind is needed. The beefier the aggregate base, the slower the drainage and literally using Playfair turf system the drainage will no different than the drainage of a natural lawn.
ProGreen would even submit why not allow for some extra car parking relieving the city streets of parked cars and allow some homeowners that much needed extra car space making for less stress all around.
Just like a real paved asphalt driveway or paver driveway, ProGreen advocates to excavate the area to a depth of 14” and back-filled with a non-compacting aggregate, i.e. HPB. To carry the weight of the vehicle parked ProGreen would install an Ultrabase panel over a Geotextile fully draining fabric. Fairlawn Turf with Greenplay then is installed over the panels, and you have now created a space that holds large volumes of water. Other mitigating factors include temperatures almost as cool as real grass, (no fertilizers ending up in our lakes), a 100% organic infill that retains and sucks water out of the humidity, (cooler feeling temperatures), savings of valuable water resources, free up busy street parking, less noise pollution from lawnmowers and the list goes on.