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PROS AND CONS OF ARTIFICIAL GRASS

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WHAT ARE THE PROS AND CONS OF ARTIFICIAL GRASS


Artificial Grass is a very smart and suitable solution for your lawn and has several benefits that make it more convenient for the owner.


PROS OF ARTIFICIAL GRASS

Artificial grass always looks aesthetically pleasing in all types of weather. This is because the weather does not have a direct impact on the appearance of the turf. It will continue to stay green, neat, tidy, and look good all year round, whatever the weather. It is much more convenient for the owner because it does not require much maintenance, does not need to be watered, fertilised, or mowed like real grass and less time is spent maintaining meaning more time to spend enjoying your garden.

The easy maintenance of artificial grass will benefit older and disabled users who might find it difficult to mow and maintain their lawn. Also people who live away from home for long periods of time, own a holiday home or work away a lot and are not at home very often can benefit from artificial grass as it will not grow like natural grass and so doesn’t require any maintenance from the owner.



Artificial grass does not need to be watered like natural grass. This is better for the environment because it reduces water usage and by cutting your hose pipe and sprinkler usage, you can both save water and save on your water bills.

Artificial turf is pet-friendly. It can’t be dug up and spoiled by pets as real grass can so will stay smart even if you have cats and dogs. It stays hygienic and unaffected by urine and is easy to clean making the turf ideal for use in places such as kennels. Also, the grass can’t be spoilt by mud patches dug up by dogs. Plus, dogs love to play on it as much as natural grass. Animal waste is easily cleaned off the lawn using a light detergent and water.


Artificial turf can work out to be cheaper to maintain over time. This is because natural grass becomes expensive when adding the cost of fertilisers, pesticides, lawn shears, hoses, strimmers, rakes, weed killers, lawnmowers, water, and grass feed required to maintain it, making it far more cost-effective than real grass over its full lifespan.

The appearance of synthetic grass has improved vastly over time and many higher-end surfaces have a very convincing natural appearance. It can look and feel as good as the real thing.

When installed correctly, artificial grass has excellent drainage properties (up to 60 litres per minute!) when it rains and, in many cases, will dry quicker than natural grass. It is UV-stabilised for fantastic protection against the sun meaning it won’t fade or discolour in sunlight and will maintain its vibrant green colour.

Artificial grass is very child friendly. It is mess-free, soft and cushioned so perfect for playing on, and requires no chemicals or pesticides so is safer.



Enjoy no more mud. Artificial grass is mud-free so you can look forward to no more muddy footprints, muddy patches, and no more dogs digging up mud holes in the turf and walking paw prints into the house.

It is ideal for shaded areas as artificial grass does not need the sun to stay looking fresh and healthy. Without sunlight, real grass can die, making shaded areas difficult to care for. Artificial grass won’t turn brown, making it ideal for shaded areas where real turf struggles to grow. It is much more weed resistant than natural grass so weeds are less likely to grow through artificial turf than real turf. By laying a weed membrane and applying weed killer, you can be practically weed-free. As well as being very long-lasting artificial grass has a life expectancy of around 15 years through normal use.

The turf is very easy to maintain. Simply remove debris using a leaf blower, brush, or rake, and if the grass gets dirty and requires cleaning, hose it down using detergent and a brush.

Artificial grass is highly durable. It can withstand wear and tear, is weather-proof, does not dry out, does not get waterlogged, and will not fall victim to pest infestations. It is way more robust than real grass.



Artificial grass can be recycled at the end of its life so that it can be repurposed into other products. This reduces landfill and waste, preserves resources, prevents pollution, and saves energy. This makes it highly sustainable and reduces the impact on the environment.


CONS OF ARTIFICIAL GRASS

It can be expensive to install if the quality of the turf is of a good standard – but this is a sound investment for a professional installation as you need your grass to be fitted to the highest standards. Whilst artificial turf can be expensive initially, it will pay for itself over the long term and often works out even cheaper than natural turf as it does not have the high maintenance costs of real grass.



Some keen gardeners like to look after and maintain their gardens and take pride in the way it looks. So, they might see artificial grass as cheating. It takes longer to install compared to natural grass due to the process of fitting it, and it does not have the natural, fresh-cut smell that real grass has which some people might see as a negative point, along with enjoying cutting the lawn on a sunny Sunday afternoon.

Artificial grass can get hot in extreme heat, however it should not cause any burns. Applying sand infill will help keep the turf cool. Using common sense such as spraying the grass with cool water, wearing appropriate footwear, and laying a white blanket where you intend to sit can help keep you cool in warmer temperatures.

Artificial turf may reduce the biodiversity of your garden as it is made of plastic and so is not a natural material that wildlife can live in. However, by planting flowers, shrubs, and plants around your lawn and in other areas of your garden, you can combat the lack of biodiversity, encourage wildlife, and make your garden a habitat for many different species whilst providing a safe and practical year-round space for all the family to enjoy – this way, you get the best of both worlds.

For further advice on anything related to purchasing Artificial Grass please contact our team at IBT who will be happy to help you.

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