Is Artificial Grass Worth the Money?
Are you sitting on the fence when it comes to artificial grass versus the real deal? You would not be the first. Many of us are not sure artificial grass is the right choice for our gardens.
To be honest, there are pros and cons to both. One of the main advantages of artificial grass is that is less time-consuming to look after. But, there are also other benefits to artificial grass that you are probably not aware of. Let us explain the pros and cons of artificial grass.
Pros of artificial grass:
Artificial grass is easier to maintain. You don’t have to worry about coming home from work and getting the lawn mover out. There is also no need for aerating the grass. That is when you go through the glass with a rake or other sharp garden tool and make small holes in your lawn. Doing so allows the grass to “breathe” and grow better.
No watering is required. As we all know, water is becoming a precious commodity. One thing for sure, water bills are going up all of the time Unlike real grass artificial grass does not need to be watered. You may have to hose it down on occasion, but that is rare. The best way to keep artificial grass clean is to give a good brush once a week.
No harmful toxins are needed. You don’t need to feed your artificial grass with fertilisers that may be toxic to the environment. Not only can fertilisers damage the natural environment. They can cause allergies including asthma.
Artificial grass has no grass pollen. If you suffer from hay fever you will know what a nuisance grass pollen is during the summer. That is another thing you don’t have to worry about when it comes to artificial grass. Also worth mentioning is that artificial grass don’t have grass seeds. These can easily get stuck up pets’ noses landing you with high vet bills. Grass seeds are even dangerous to young children.
Makes a safe play area. As there are no toxins in artificial grass, children can play safely on artificial grass. Best of all, artificial grasses stay relatively bug-free which means you don’t have to worry about insect bites. You can choose from different underlays making your lawn safe for young family members that are not so steady on their legs.
Artificial grass is more durable. Unlike natural grass, you are not going to end up with ugly bare patches to worry about. Your artificial grass is going to stay looking good for many years to come. Of course, your four-legged best friend is not going to be able to dig holes in your artificial lawn.
Good value for money. As artificial grass lasts for a long time, you don’t have to worry about replacing your lawn every couple of years or so. And don’t forget, you are saving on maintenance bills as well.
Cons of artificial grass:
It can get hot. One thing that you do want to bear in mind, is that artificial grass can get hot. Before you have yours installed, discuss the different underlays with your supplier. You also need to make sure that when you barbecue, you don’t drop hot coals on the grass as it can melt. However, most of us have paved dedicated areas for outside cooking.
Does artificial grass smell? Just like on natural grass, odours can build up. Some underlays hold on to smells. Your supplier will tell you how to look after your grass and avoid any problems.
What about toxins build-up? In the past, there were a lot of concerns about toxin build-ups. However, there are now many new materials available and the impact of toxins have been shown to be minimal anyway.
More information is available. All you have to do is to give us a call. One thing is for sure, artificial grass can save you both time and money. On top of that, it always looks good. That is perhaps one of the main reasons many gardeners invest in artificial grass.