Know What’s Best for You: Synthetic Grass vs. Real Grass

A bit of green cover can brighten up your mood any day. But should you go for the real thing or is synthetic turf just as good?

Here’s how you can compare.

Look and Feel

Though artificial grass came into being in 1960, it took another five years for it to take center stage when it was used to replace the natural turf in Houston’s Astrodome. While nylon was used initially to manufacture artificial turf, the 1970s saw the use of polypropylene to manufacture grass carpets. Synthetic grass sure has come a long way.

The closely packed tufts of nylon or polypropylene that were characteristic of grass carpets have given way to softer, more resistant, and less abrasive polyethylene fibers. With advancements in technology and availability of better materials, it has become possible to mimic natural grass in terms of look, feel and comfort.

Remember that if you purchase inferior quality artificial turf, anyone will be able to tell that your lawn doesn’t have real grass.

Care and Maintenance

If you have a normal-sized garden, just mowing the lawn can take up about three hours of your time each week. Add to this the amount of time it takes to remove weeds, and add fertilizers and pesticides, and you’ll see why synthetic lawns are becoming increasingly popular. You don’t have to worry about any of these things when you install an artificial turf.

Synthetic grass is low maintenance and as such, it is the best choice for people who aren’t able to mow their lawns or take care of their gardens. Synthetic turf is also a great choice for holiday homes where owners may not be present at all times to care for the lawn.

Real grass can easily wither if the conditions aren’t right. You may also see bald patches in high traffic areas. None of these problems arise when you install artificial turf in your garden or backyard. Artificial grass can also be used in public settings to reduce costs related to maintenance.

Cost

The initial costs of installing an artificial turf may be a lot higher than growing real grass. However, think of all the money you will have to spend on buying pesticides, weed killers, fertilizers, lawn mowers, sprinklers, and what not to keep the lawn in top-notch condition.

On the other hand, once you invest in a good-quality synthetic turf, it will last you for 15 to 20 years and you won’t have to spend money to maintain it. So in the long run, artificial grass will prove to be a lot cheaper than real grass.

Environmental Impact

Synthetic and real grass each has its pros and cons when it comes to impacting the environment. Synthetic grass is known to absorb heat and may heat up the surroundings. Conversely, natural grass has a cooling effect but remember that automatic trimmers and mowers add to noise pollution and their emissions add to air pollution.

Furthermore, real grass can filter runoff water to an extent, but as synthetic grass doesn’t require pesticides or fertilizers, its runoff water is cleaner. Synthetic turf usually ends up in a landfill and takes a long time to break down. However, it does make use of recycled tires as the base.

Special Uses

Artificial grass gets bonus points as it can be installed in places where real grass cannot be grown, for example rooftops that cannot support the weight of a real garden. You may as well use synthetic turf to design a putting green on your rooftop!

If you have a garden or backyard that needs grass cover in patterns, real grass may prove to be a hassle as it isn’t easy to limit grass to certain areas. Synthetic grass comes rolled up like a carpet and you can easily cut it into any shape or size you desire.

Lots of people are allergic to grass and weeds. As synthetic grass doesn’t give rise to allergies, it can be used in homes where adults, kids or pets are allergic to real grass. When it comes to kids and pets, synthetic grass will be a better choice than real grass. As synthetic grass has a cushioning of rubber, it can prevent kids or pets from hurting themselves fatally when they fall. You also don’t have to worry about them ingesting any toxic weeds while they play outside.

Pets will love the feel of our Pets Synthetic grass and you won’t have to deal with muddy paws or chance leaf blades around the house. Moreover, synthetic grass doesn’t develop spots or stains due to pet urine. In case of a pet accident, all you need to do is wash the area. Synthetic turf drains well, so you needn’t worry about puddles. It is also less susceptible to damage from pets.

Synthetic turf is also being increasingly used for sports fields. Natural grass can easily wear out with regular on-field training and matches. Bald patches may require the ground to be seeded a couple of times a year. With sports artificial turf, one needn’t be bothered about these things as the turf will remain in good condition no matter how much it is used. Synthetic turf is also the preferred choice for indoor stadiums where real grass cannot be grown.

Conclusion

Synthetic grass is becoming a favorite among people for use in residential settings too. So what are you waiting for? Get in touch with us to find out more about state-of-the-art artificial grasses!