Artificial turf, aka fake grass, is a surface of synthetic fibres made to appear and feel like natural grass. It is most often used in arenas for sports that were originally or are normally played on grass. However, it is now being used on residential lawns and commercial applications as well.
If you loath yard work or live in a climate that has you watering a dry lawn all summer without much result, you may be considering switching to artificial turf. While artificial turf does have its advantages, including less maintenance, it also has a few drawbacks. Real grass and synthetic turf both have positive and negative attributes you need to be aware of. Before making any rash decisions it’s best to get good picture of both.
In this Article we will compare some of the differences between using artificial turf vs. real turf.
Well, when it comes to real grass, nothing can look and feel more like the real thing than well… the real thing! Although artificial turf may be easier to care for than the natural grass, some people have trouble getting past the feel of fake grass. While high quality grass imitations are soft and many are quite comfortable to walk on in your bare feet, artificial turf will feel 100% like real grass. Some owners notice a different sound when walking on artificial turf.
While the feel of artificial grass may not be identical to the real thing, the look of a high end synthetic grass can easily fool your friends and neighbours. Some grass manufacturers even incorporate multi-coloured blades into their artificial turf to create a more natural look. As with anything else, the more you pay the better and more realistic you get.
We all are familiar with the amount of maintenance and care the average yard needs. Natural lawns require mowing and raking to remove any debris, not to mention all the weeding and edge work which can be extremely time consuming. A natural lawn and garden will also require a lot of watering, which can be costly. And let’s not forget about those squirmy insects which will require a various supply of insecticide. For these reasons, artificial lawns are much easier to care for than real grass. Artificial turf requires no mowing, fertilizing or irrigation and does not attract insects. Use a hose to rinse away the dirt as each installation has a draining system built in. Artificial lawns will still need to have the leaves raked off.
Real grass acts as natural filter for water runoff, but artificial grass requires no fertilizers or insecticides, making its runoff cleaner. Synthetic grass absorbs heat, especially when temperatures reach 90 degrees and above, and may result in an increase in air conditioning needs, while natural grass has a cooling effect. On the other hand, the mowers and automatic trimmers used to control real grass create emissions that contribute to air pollution and add to noise pollution.
An Artificial turf installation is typical going to run a lot more in costs than the natural alternative. However once installed, little is needed to maintain it besides the occasional hose down. Real grass will need ongoing maintenance expenses for mowing, landscaping, insect control and watering. Artificial turf will not have these ongoing up keeping costs and can last up to 15 to 20 years. When adding it up over the years than means quite a bit of savings, not only with your money, but with your previous time too.
The guys from A View Turf in Sydney can give you more information about real grass and the different varieties. This should help you make a better decision. Artificial or real, both have their pros and cons; you just have to pick which one works better for you.