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Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

Hello, I am Monica Grimbles. I recently tore up all of the grass outside of my home to create a fully edible landscape. The ability to eat all of the plants growing in my garden helps my family's journey to self-sustainability. After all, relying on the supermarket may not always be an option. Even if it is, the food you grow in your yard just tastes and feels so much better. I also like that I do not have to tend the grass to keep the yard green. I change out the plants each year to keep the yard looking fresh and renewed. I will share my plant selections, planting techniques and tools on this site to help others create an edible landscape. I will also discuss all of the ways our professional landscaper helped out with this fun project. Please come back soon.

Exploring Edible Landscape Designs

The Dos And Don'ts Of Caring For Artificial Turf

by Eugene Jones

Over the years, artificial turf has come a long way; today, artificial turf does an impressive job of mimicking both the look and feel of real grass--to the point that it's becoming commonly used not only in sporting venues but in residential settings as well. For those considering the option of having artificial turf installed on their properties as a means of cutting back on lawn maintenance and enjoying a lush, green yard year-round, it's important to understand that artificial turf does require some basic care.

DO Brush Periodically

One of the most important steps you'll need to take to keep your artificial grass looking full and healthy throughout the year is to brush it regularly. This might sound strange, but you'll notice over time that your grass can become matted in areas of high foot traffic--just like the carpeting in your home. Fortunately, this is an easy fix. By using a large brush or broom, simply brush against the grain of the turf to "fluff" the grass back up. Just be careful to use a brush with synthetic bristles to avoid damaging the turf fibers.

DO Know How to Keep it Clean

In addition to periodic brushing of your turf, you should also take steps to clean it every so often. Luckily, rainfall will be your friend in most cases, as a heavy rain is just as effective as a manual cleaning. However, for stains and blemishes on your lawn, you may need to spot-treat with a bio-friendly cleaner. After all, while synthetic turf is very resistant to stains, they can still occur. When cleaning a stain, never use a product that contains bleach, as this could permanently damage your turf.

DON'T Overestimate its Strength

Finally, although synthetic turf is very resilient and is certainly stronger than real grass, you should be careful not to overestimate its capabilities. Specifically, this means avoiding tossing cigarette butts into the turf, keeping furniture with sharp or jagged legs off the turf, and being careful to keep vehicles from driving on or parking on the turf. This way, you can avoid premature wear and tear, and can keep your turf looking great for many years to come.

Artificial turf is certainly easier to care for than real grass, but this doesn't mean that it comes without any maintenance responsibilities. Be sure to keep these tips in mind should you decide to have turf, like that available from Turf Pro Synthetics, LLC, installed on your property.