Artificial lawns vs Real Grass
Lawn maintenance can be a pain, especially here in Perth where the long hot summers, sandy soil and water restrictions make it difficult to keep lawns looking healthy and green. These reasons coupled with a lack of time are why many people choose to have artificial lawns. If you drive to any newish subdivision, you will see there are several houses with fake lawns on almost every street. Busy working couples just dont have the time to be out fertilising, watering and weeding real grass (and some of the small Perth blocks barely warrant owning a lawnmower)!
While to some, the thought of fake grass may sound off-putting at first, there are some real advantages to choosing a lawn made of artificial grass over real grass. Of course, this option will not be right for everyone, but for some, it can save you loads of hassle while providing a clean aesthetic that still feels surprisingly natural. Here we will discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of artificial grass.
Cost and Maintenance
A huge advantage of using artificial grass is the amount of effort and trouble that you will not have to put out to keep it maintained. Obviously, artificial grass does not grow, so it will not have to be mowed, watered or maintained nearly as much as real grass.
The cost to install artificial grass is steep compared to real grass, however, this is a cost that you would bear initially, which would then pay for itself in short order in the form of money that you won’t spend to keep it maintained. In the long run, artificial grass ends up being far cheaper than real grass.
Grass is a wild form of plant life which grows from dirt and feeds on fertilizers. This, of course, brings with it all sorts of undesirable mess which can be tracked in by kids and pets. Grass is home to all sorts of bugs and insects, weeds and other strains of invasive rogue plant life. With artificial grass, you will have to deal with far less of these types of problems and it will be appreciated by those who suffer from grass allergies like hay fever.
Some would say that we need to do our part to conserve one of the world’s most precious resources: water. Real grass consumes an amazing amount of clean water each year, providing a favorable argument for the efficiency of artificial grass.
Artificial grass is typically made of petroleum based materials. This means that it’s creation process is not exactly ‘green.’ Some people are apprehensive about surrounding themselves with plastic in place of plant life. If the grass is going to be used in a backyard, consider whether your children and pets will be able to enjoy the same freedom that they would with real grass. Will a sliding soccer tackle cause a plastic grass burn? Front yards are a bit different and that is why many Perth homeowners are opting for artificial front lawns and real grass in the backyard.
Vulnerable to certain types of damage
Everyone loves standing out in the yard, enjoying a cold beverage and grilling up some steaks. With real grass, a stray ember from a lit coal or ashes from a cigarette is of no consequence. With artificial grass, however, such a thing could burn a hole right through it, leaving an unsightly and permanent gap in your lawn.
The pros and cons in artificial grass versus real grass are pretty clear. Now, it’s up to you to weigh it all up and decide which is best suited to your lifestyle. If you’re one who likes low maintenance and cleanliness, maybe the artificial grass is for you. If you like gardening and all natural living, then you’d probably be more happy with a real lawn made of real grass.