Artificial grass has been in existence since 1964 although it was originally used in a commercial setting. Today, homeowners around the world have realized the potential of artificial grass and have started to use it in their own gardens.
Of course, as with anything, there are advantages and disadvantages associated with this product. It’s time to take a look at those pros and cons to help you make the right decision.
However, if you do decide to purchase this, it is important that you choose a reputable supplier of artificial grass. This will help to ensure the grass lasts as long as it should.
There are many benefits that artificial grass has over live lawns:
This is probably the biggest advantage of artificial grass, minimal maintenance. Live lawns need to be watered during the summer and have adequate run-off during the winter. They need to be cut regularly, and you may need to consider the amount of traffic if you want the lawn to look perfect.
In contrast, artificial grass needs virtually no maintenance. Once installed excess water will run off by itself, it never needs cutting, and doesn’t become flattened even with heavy foot traffic
At first glance, artificial grass seems the more expensive option. You have to prepare the ground underneath and then pay for the artificial grass and lay it.
However, it lasts for as long as 25 years. During that time you’re going to spend a lot of time and money maintaining your live lawn. You’re also likely to have paid out to have it turfed. Over the long-term, it’s substantially cheaper to have artificial grass.
Of course, it’s also much more convenient.
Aesthetically artificial grass is more pleasing. You can choose the shade you want and, thanks to the UV protection built into the grass, it will stay looking like this forever. It won’t fade.
You also won’t have bald patches, or unsightly weeds to concern yourself with. Artificial grass will look fantastic for years.
No solution is perfect and it is important to be aware of the downsides of laying artificial grass.
It’s Not Real
Good artificial grass looks very similar to the real thing. But, it’s not. For some people, this is impossible to get past. This is a personal preference but if you’re against fake anything you may not be able to commit to artificial grass.
More importantly, artificial grass is made of a type of plastic, which uses petroleum in its production. This means pollution and waste are created during the manufacturing process and potentially at the end of its life.
You should also note that live lawns contribute to the absorption of carbon dioxide and release of oxygen into the air. The size of your lawn probably means the amount is negligible but it is still a consideration.
The bottom line is that artificial grass is an attractive and viable option for busy modern lives. Just be sure to choose one that is environmentally friendly.