As the weather warms up and we start to venture outdoors, around the neighbourhoods far and wide are the sounds of lawn mowers being dusted off and roaring to life. The unmistakable smell of a freshly cut lawn means spring at last but as time becomes more and more precious the argument of artificial grass versus a live lawn is an interesting debate.
Synthetic grass has gained significant ground establishing a reputation for being eco-friendly and more and more realistic looking. Due to recent droughts, concerns to conserve water and reduction of maintenance costs over time, artificial grass is becoming more and more popular. With endless artificial turf options now it can fool anyone who looks at it that it’s the real thing.
The question is whether there will be a time when it will become even more popular than real grass? Like any good argument the pros and cons for both live and synthetic lawns is compelling.
A case could be made for the emotional impact of a natural lawn, and nothing can replace the unmistakable smell of fresh cut grass. A natural lawn will:
· Look great when well maintained
· Soft and takes the ‘ouch’ out of any fall
· Inexpensive to install
· Easy to install
· Muddy when wet
· Weeds and moss
· Brown patches
· Sometimes dies
A true outdoor carpet, artificial grass directly addresses the primary environmental concerns of real turf. It requires no watering, no mowing, and no feeding. Some manufacturers use recycled materials such as old tires or plastic bottles.
· Long lasting
· No weeding
· No watering
· No brown spots
· Very low maintenance
· Can go in places where natural grass will not grow
· Kid and pet friendly
· Wide variety to choose from
· More expensive than real grass
· Needs to be well installed
· Can be slightly less forgiving to fall on
· No freshly cut grass smell
For some people, nothing can replace the real thing, but if you’d rather spend your weekends playing in the yard than working in it, artificial grass may be the right choice for you.
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