You may have noticed that more and more people are switching up their lawns for something a little different. Artificial grass has been gaining popularity over the past couple of years for a number of reasons, and because the latest products have been developed using innovative technology, they often look good enough to be passed off as real grass!
But is artificial grass all it’s cracked up to be? Or are we better staying with the trials and tribulations of real grass for now? Let’s take a look at the pros and the cons of going fake.
Advantages of artificial
You’d be surprised how many benefits there are to artificial grass. It’s both a smart and suitable solution for your lawn if you’re looking for something convenient. One of the main benefits is that it always looks aesthetically pleasing in all types of weather. Come rain or shine your grass will always look green, neat and tidy!
With an artificial lawn, you’ll also find that you’ll spend a lot less time maintaining it, giving you more freedom to enjoy the space as and when you want. You also don’t need a lawnmower, which could mean more space in your shed or garage for other bits and pieces.
Disadvantages of artificial
There are a handful of drawbacks where artificial grass is concerned, so it’s important to understand them all before you make a decision. If you’re opting for an extremely high-quality turf, the price can be hefty, so make sure you have the budget or finances in place ready to pay for the materials and installation.
If you’re a keen gardener and love maintaining your outdoor space, it may not be for you, as you’ll never get the same satisfaction of trimming it and enjoying the natural, fresh-cut smell that real grass gives you.
Advantages of turf
Overall, real grass is better for the environment. If you’re conscious about your carbon footprint, for example, an area of real grass that measures 2,500 square feet produces enough oxygen for a family of four to breathe.
Green spaces have also been shown to improve wellness and reduce stress, so getting out and digging your toes into real grass can have a number of other health benefits for you too.
Disadvantages of turf
One of the main downsides of real turf is the amount of time you’ll need to dedicate to it. In the summer it’s important to maintain your green space. This includes everything from weeding and mowing to feeding and treating if necessary. If you want your lawn to look pristine, these jobs are a must!
Another disadvantage is that with all that maintenance, comes the bill you’ll need to keep on top of for products, equipment and even taking bits and pieces to your local waste recycling centre.