The artificial grass of years gone by was not very attractive. It looked totally fake and not many garden owners would have wanted such a plastic looking mat outside their home. Today’s artificial turf is a lot more aesthetically pleasing. It looks like the real thing.
On the downside, fake turf doesn’t feel like real grass. You can’t walk over it in bare feet and enjoy the sense of grass tickling your toes. It also lacks the smell of real grass, particularly after it has rained.
Artificial turf is very easy to maintain. Synthetic turf stays verdant green all year round. In the summer, your fake lawn won’t wilt in drought conditions and you don’t need to water it to stop it dying. If the lawn gets dirty, all you have to do is clean it with a hosepipe. Lastly, synthetic turf does not need cutting, which is a big bonus for families with precious little spare time at the weekend.
Whilst artificial turf is easy to maintain, it is not maintenance free. It needs to be swept weekly, as leaves and twigs will rot down and cause algae and moss to grow if left. The turf will also need to be treated with chemicals to prevent moss from growing over the winter.
Synthetic turf is made from recycled materials, so it is very environmentally friendly. It also doesn’t need to be watered or mowed, so you won’t be expending energy when firing up the lawn mower.
Artificial grass may be green, but there are some environmental considerations to take into account. Firstly, fake turf takes a long time to break down because it is made from plastic and rubber. Your artificial lawn will not last forever, so at some point you will need to take it up and replace it with new product. When this happens, the old turf will probably end up in a landfill site, which is never good for the environment.
Cost of Installation
The cost of artificial turf will vary depending on the quality of the product and where you buy it from. In the long run, the installation should pay for itself, as you won’t be spending money on lawn weed killer or energy costs mowing the lawn.
The ground needs to be carefully prepared before synthetic turf is laid, which can be expensive.
Artificial grass has many benefits, but weigh up the pros and cons before you install it.