There is no doubt that artificial grass has been growing in popularity over the past few years, as it requires little to no maintenance and is far more eco-friendly. Modern “fake” grass looks real too, unlike fake grass of the past, making it almost impossible to tell the difference when not up close.
Of course, there are pros and cons of each, which is why we are here today. Let’s dig into the soil so that you can make a decision for your lawn!
The Benefits of Artificial Grass
Artificial grass first came out on the scene to help address the environmental concerns that we had with real grass lawns. Artificial grass is great, as it doesn’t require any mowing, watering, or fertilizing. Most artificial grass manufacturers will use recycled materials, such as plastic bottles or old tires.
While it may be an expensive upfront cost, it will cost you far less in the long run. Most artificial grass manufacturers say that their products will last for up to 25 years. Plus, it looks fabulous!
The Drawbacks of Artificial Grass
Synthetic grass might look like the real deal, though it is pretty difficult to get past the fact that it is plastic. Though it might save you on your water bills, there are a few environmental disadvantages. For starters, it creates pollution on the sole fact that it is a petroleum-based product. It is also not biodegradable, meaning it will end up in a landfill when you’re done with it.
We don’t recommend it for children or pet owners either, as it absorbs heat and can be hot to play on.
The Benefits of Real Grass
There is something quite beautiful about real grass. It can make your front or backyard look like a serene, green palace if taken care of. Real lawns are rich and inviting, perfect for kids to play on and pets to run around atop. Plus, to keep things more environmentally-friendly, you can use greywater to water your lawn.
The Disadvantages of Real Grass
Having a beautiful and green lawn comes at a cost to the environment. Real grass lawns account for a massive part of our residential water use, which is very bad for those who live in dry climates to start with. Beyond using up tons of water, you have to constantly maintenance your lawn, trimming and mowing it with gas or electrical tools. Most people who use fertilizers have no idea that they are polluting the groundwater by doing so. In short, real grass lawns might be beautiful and inviting, but they are costly in more than one way.
Going Beyond Lawns
Of course, real grass and artificial grass are not the only two options out there. Many people have begun using wood mulch, decomposed granite, sand, or gravel to decorate their backyard space. It really comes down to what you want to use your yard space for.
Do you have an artificial grass lawn or do you take care of your real lawn? What has your experience been? Let us know in the comments below!