Schools, nurseries, child care centres, or anywhere else where children gather in large numbers benefit from large grassy areas where kids can enjoy their time outside in the fresh air and sunshine. Natural grass can work well for these situations, but it does possess a few limitations.
Natural grass can be a burden on the financial system of all educational institutions. Natural grass needs regular maintenance to such a degree that substantial areas require a full-time groundskeeper to ensure the lawn is fertilized and mowed regularly.
Unless natural grass areas are immaculately cared for, and have excellent drainage, even an hour of moderate to heavy rainfall can render a large outdoor play area unusable for the rest of the day, or week due to it becoming wet, muddy, and slippery.
Therefore, children are denied their ordinarily energetic outdoor playtime. Active play is substituted with indoor activities that don’t burn off excess energy. As a result, the children are at risk of becoming unruly and hard to manage during the afternoon periods.
The educational system is often challenged with maintaining educational standards year after year, but with fewer and fewer resources as governments continually siphon money from the education system into other projects.
Naturally, the funds required for the maintenance of large outdoor play areas is usually the first to be compromised when schools are allocating the resources necessary to educate the next generation of citizens.
Artificial grass is a viable alternative for educational institutions to free up funds by providing a cheaper, less resource intensive ground covering.
Artificial grass has many advantages when compared to natural grass. It will always provide an attractive ground covering that does not fade and comes with longer warranty. Innovations in UV protection gives each artificial blade resistance against fading and degradation, ensuring a long usable life.
The covering of natural grass will change during the seasons. In hot, dry weather, large areas of a schoolyard can turn into a clay baked dust-bowl, especially when schools cut back on watering due to increased levels of conservation.
In wet weather, grassy areas are in danger of becoming unusable mud pits requiring even more expense and extra maintenance to bring them back to a usable level.
Artificial grass possesses none of the above limitations. Many of the grasses available today look incredibly realistic, and are an excellent alternative to natural turf, without the associated cost of maintenance.
In areas where kids enjoy a more rambunctious style of play, artificial turf may also be a much safer solution over natural grass, as it can be installed over rubber impact matting to reduce the impact from falls of slides or monkey bars.
Maintenance is barely an issue for artificial grass as the only task required to keep it looking great is to brush debris from the area occasionally.
For grassy areas around where younger children play, artificial turf also provides opportunities for livening up the play area with different patterns and designs, using a combination of colors from the many shades of artificial grass now available.