Top 10 Benefits of Artificial Turf
No one can deny that a lush, healthy lawn can be a beautiful addition to any home. However, keeping that lawn in pristine condition takes a lot of time, physical effort, and money. Not every homeowner wants to spend their weekends mowing the lawn or dealing with weed and pest outbreaks. That’s why the popularity of artificial turf has grown so rapidly over the past few years.
Before you raise your eyebrows, it’s important to note that this isn’t your parent’s synthetic grass. The quality of today’s artificial turf has improved immensely. If you invest in a high-quality brand, it really does look and feel like real grass. In this article, we’ll review 10 significant benefits of artificial turf. We will also explore the pros and cons of artificial grass so that you can make an informed decision about whether synthetic grass is right for you.
1. Low Maintenance
The biggest benefit of artificial turf for most homeowners is that it’s extremely low maintenance. When you have artificial grass, you’ll never have to mow, weed, fertilize, or aerate your lawn again. You won’t have to spend weekends reseeding or dealing with major pest outbreaks. No more brown patches and bald spots. You’ll have a lush, green lawn every season.
If your lawn gets dirty or dusty, you can quickly clean it with a hose, some detergent, and a brush.
2. No Watering = Lower Water Bill
As droughts become more common and water rates continue to climb, homeowners can save money and lower their water usage with artificial turf. Synthetic grass doesn’t need any watering. It just needs to be quickly hosed down to clean. That could represent significant savings for homeowners with a lot of property.
Lawns are meant to be used. If you love having friends and family over for barbecues, or if your children spend all day running around the lawn, all this activity can quickly damage real grass. Artificial grass can stand up to lots of use and play. It’ll never look worn down or flat, and you won’t have to deal with thin patches or bald spots due to overuse.
4. Pet Friendly
We love our pets, but we don’t love how they dig up our yard, wear it down during play, and create brown spots. (The nitrogen in dog urine can damage or even kill real grass over time.)
There are many benefits of artificial turf for dogs and other outdoor pets. It’s safe and comfortable for them to use. Dogs can’t dig it up, and their urine won’t damage the grass. Synthetic grass is also easy to clean after your dog does its business. Just use water and a light detergent, and your lawn will be good to go.
5. Weather Resistant
Severe weather can quickly damage a living lawn. Early frost, heavy rains, or punishing heat waves can damage or ruin the look of your lawn. Artificial turf can stand up to all the elements. No matter what Mother Nature throws at it, your artificial lawn will survive it all and still look gorgeous.
Living grass can be vulnerable to all kinds of diseases, including mould and mildew. These infestations can be difficult to prevent and expensive to treat once they get started. They can also be a health hazard to you and your family. You don’t have to worry about mould or mildew when you have an artificial lawn. Mould and mildew thrive in wet, shady conditions. Synthetic grass tends to drain quickly, making it difficult for mould and mildew to grow.
7. Chemical Free
Sometimes, the best way to tackle weeds and insect infestations is to use pesticides and insect killers. These chemicals, while effective, can damage the local environment and may harm local wildlife. Many homeowners also don’t like the idea of exposing their pets, children, and guests to lawn chemicals.
Since artificial turf doesn’t invite insects, weeds, and other lawn diseases, there’s no need to store or use chemicals on your synthetic grass.
8. Strong, Consistent Colour
One of the most challenging parts of managing a living lawn is maintaining its lush, colour. Heat, cold, lack of nutrition, and many other factors can stress grass, which negatively impacts its health, causing it to turn yellow or brown. A big benefit of artificial turf is that you can enjoy its rich, long-lasting colour every single day.
All quality artificial turf is UV-stabilised, meaning it won’t get bleached by the sun, so the colour won’t fade.
Did you know that artificial turf comes in lots of different colours, lengths, densities, and textures? All these choices mean you can pick a look and feel for your artificial lawn that you love. You can also create a lawn design that fits your aesthetic taste, combining your artificial turf with hardscape features, water features, and even a living garden if you’d like.
Your lawn can truly be one of a kind.
10. Value Over Time
Artificial turf does require an upfront investment. However, over time, artificial turf may be more cost-effective than maintaining a living lawn.
Every month, you’ll save on watering and maintenance costs. You also won’t have to buy fertilizer, pesticides, new grass seeds, and sod. You won’t need a lawnmower, either. Don’t overlook the value of your own time and effort. You’ll save hours every week that you would have used weeding, mowing, and otherwise caring for your lawn.
Weighing the Pros and Cons of Artificial Grass
Now that you’re aware of 10 significant benefits of artificial turf, you can weigh them against some of the cons of artificial grass.
As mentioned, you’ll need to spend some money up front to purchase artificial turf and have it professionally installed. However, spending a little more on a high-quality turf that looks and feels like real grass is a worthwhile investment when you consider how long it will last.
Artificial turf may also lower the biodiversity in your area by reducing the number of insects that live in real grass and attract birds and other animals. However, you can still support local wildlife when you install artificial turf by adding a garden or bird feeder to your property.
Finally, synthetic grass is not a permanent solution. How long does artificial grass last? Depending on the brand, location, and use, it usually lasts eight years or more.
Choose Knowledgeable and Experience Artificial Turf Installers
If you’re now convinced of the benefits of artificial turf, the next step is finding the right company to install and maintain your artificial lawn. The Grounds Guys®are knowledgeable and experienced when it comes to installing artificial turf. We’d love to help you choose the right type of turf and design a landscape that meets your specific needs. We can also install hardscapes along with your turf and create a new garden to add more color and diversity to your property. We offer free estimates and back all our work with the Neighbourly Done Right Promise™, which means your satisfaction is our top priority.