Turfgrass QOW #4

Turfgrass QOW#4 - years Also synthetic turf has a limited life span which requires resurfacing or replacement There is also a high amount of

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Anthony Benes Question of the week #4 Synthetic turf vs. natural turf There are a lot of things to take into consideration before deciding to make the switch to synthetic turf. A majority of the concerns that arise with turf tend to point out the costs of maintenance, safety concerns and aesthetics. Some of the advantages to having synthetic turf are not having high maintenance costs like water costs and the costs of cutting and fertilizing turf. Synthetic turf is a great solution for high traffic areas such as athletic fields because it keeps the look of a well maintained turf without the use of chemicals and fertilizers. Nowadays the technology has improved the aesthetics of synthetic turf to the point where most people cannot tell the difference between the real turfgrass until they physically inspect it Some of the disadvantages of installing synthetic turf are that there are very high initial costs of installation, and the saving payoffs are not seen for several
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Unformatted text preview: years. Also synthetic turf has a limited life span which requires resurfacing or replacement. . There is also a high amount of concerns with environmental problems that arise from artificial turf. First off, real turfgrass creates a cooling effect that reduces the climate temperatures. In direct sunlight artificial turf can be 80% hotter than real turfgrass. This poses a problem for the athletes as well, which can cause heat stroke and is very dangerous for the health of athletes playing on the artificial turf. Although artificial turf seems like a good idea, most of the economical benefits do not outweigh the environmental disadvantages of installation of synthetic turf. http://www.ed.state.nh.us/education/doe/organization/ProgramSupport/ArtificialTurf.htm http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/161614/use_of_synthetic_turf_for_athletic.htm l...
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This note was uploaded on 04/16/2008 for the course HORT 341 taught by Professor Koski during the Fall '07 term at Colorado State.

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