Everyone desires a beautiful, green, and luscious lawn. However, the cost of maintaining these beautiful lawns, and the amount of water required to grow real grass, are serious downsides that most homeowners fail to realize.
Did you know? Over one-third of residential water use is a result of watering lawns. That’s some serious pressure on your water bill.
Plus, mowing the lawn with a gas-powered mower, and using gas-powered tools, such as blowers, edgers, and trimmers both contribute to pollution and your home maintenance budget. Weekly usage of these tools, multiplied by millions who use them each week, equals a very real threat to our environment.
As with any product comparison, there are positives and negatives to weigh before making your purchase decision. Seeing as we have some skin in the game, we thought we’d provide you with an honest assessment of the pros and cons of using realistic synthetic turf instead of growing your own lawn:
Pros of Synthetic Turf
- As you’d expect, environmental concerns stand at the forefront of why artificial turf is a fantastic alternative to real grass. Artificial turf requires no watering, which results in lower water bills and less waste. Also, turf doesn’t require any mowing, trimming, edging, or blowing, which cuts back on the amount of gas pollution spewed out into the air.
- A large number of manufacturers use recycled materials to produce their artificial turf, such as old tires and plastic bottles. This helps reduce the number of wasted plastics that end up in landfills or oceans and continues to positively impact the environment.
- The life expectancy of artificial turf can be up to 25 years, which means you save countless dollars from not paying for lawn equipment, lawn mowing services, fertilizer, and a variety of other lawn-related products.
- Artificial turf is also very aesthetically pleasing. There is a variety of colors, blade length, and textures. This gives artificial turf the look of real grass, just at a fraction of the maintenance and environmental cost.
- One thing many people don’t consider is the positive effect synthetic grass can have on allergies. With synthetic turf, there will be a far less pollen count in the air, due to the fact other plants and flowers can’t grow on it. This can be very beneficial to someone with severe allergies who may react severely to an increase in pollen in the air.
- Synthetic turf requires no fertilization to keep green. Fertilizer is another very prominent, real threat to the environment. When someone pours fertilizing chemicals on their lawn, rainwater results in a lot of runoff that can carry these chemicals into rivers, streams, and lakes, and can seriously harm wildlife. There are limits being placed in certain areas on how much fertilizer can be used, and how large your lawn sizes can be.
Cons of Synthetic Turf
There are also some cons to using artificial turf, however…
- Artificial turf is a petroleum-based product that is built in factories. This process alone creates hazardous waste and pollution during the manufacturing process.
- Even though artificial turf is often created using recycled materials, such as water bottles and old tires, it is not biodegradable. This means, after the 20-25 year lifespan, the artificial turf might still end up in a landfill if it is not recycled again.
- If you enjoy gardening, you can’t plant anything in synthetic turf. This is one of the downsides that certain individuals take note of, especially if they are avid gardeners.
The type of lawn that people choose ultimately depends on the type of lifestyle they want to live. Some individuals prefer the feel and smell of a freshly mowed lawn during the summer, and other individuals prefer the long-lasting, minimal maintenance aspects of artificial turf. There really is no right or wrong, it’s all a matter of preference.
If you look at it from a cost perspective, real grass typically ends up costing more than investing in artificial turf.
There are a variety of factors that play into someone’s decision, such as those listed above. It typically comes down to the price per square foot of installation, the environmental impact it can have, the cost and time it will take to properly maintain the lawn, and the overall look and feel of the lawn. Some areas around the country require certain types of grass, so it truly comes down to personal preference and budget when deciding on the type of lawn to go with.
Ready to install a yard that’s green all year long? Contact us today for a free residential synthetic turf estimate!