Renovating your backyard comes with an entire list of decisions that you have to make. Among these is whether or not you should choose natural grass or synthetic turf. There are plenty of pros and cons to both, and you can find which kind of grass is important for your needs.
Grass lawns generally require more care than synthetic turfs do. During summer months you’ll have to mow your lawn and rake grass clippings. Every now and then, you might even have to fertilise it to keep it healthy. And it take a lot of time to manage and maintain the watering cycle during Spring and Summer months.
Synthetic lawns are easier to take care of because they don’t have roots; meaning, they won’t grow longer with time. You won’t have to mow them, water them, or fertilize them. If your grass gets dirty, you can simply hose it down.
If you don’t have much time to keep up backyard maintenance, then you should consider artificial lawns. The only care you’ll truly have to do is to rake strands of turf that get pulled out.
Synthetic turf doesn’t have the same look and feel as natural grass. You can get very expensive and high-quality turf that will resemble natural grass more, but it will never be the same. Beyond this, homeowners also find that artificial turf sounds different when it’s being walked on.
If you prioritise the aesthetics more than any other quality, then you should consider keeping your natural grass because overall, it does look better. That said, there are some artificial turfs that will fool your friends and neighbours.
If you’re like most Australians, you probably consider your wallet and budget when you invest in your home. You should be aware that synthetic turfs cost A LOT more than natural grass does. That’s because your entire yard has to be unraveled and turned upside down. Your grass is dug up so a layer of sand can be placed down, followed by the lawn being labelled, pellets being placed down, and finally, having your grass installed.
Still, having synthetic turf does not require ongoing maintenance. It lasts for up to 20 years, and very little care is needed until then. Natural grass needs to be invested in and will cost plenty of money in the long-term. Natural grass needs to be mowed, have pesticides sprayed on it, and it has to be irrigated.
We live in a world where the impacts of our choices on the environment are known and advertised. You might want to know, then, which grass has the most hazardous impact on the environment.
Generally speaking, natural grass is cleaner because it helps to filter runoff water. Synthetic turf has runoff water that is much cleaner; however, it does require some products to keep it healthy, and these products are known to be toxic when combined with water.
Synthetic turf also absorbs more heat than natural grass does, so you might have to air condition your home more. In comparison, natural grass has the tendency to cool down your property.
There is no doubt that synthetic turf can be beautiful. It’s meant to mimic natural grass, while cutting down on maintenance. For those who work a lot or who have large family, it could be thought of as a gift from God.
Still, natural grass has plenty of other benefits. For one thing, it doesn’t cost as much. It also feels and looks better, and it isn’t as hazardous to the environment. Depending on your needs, your choice could go either way!