Artificial vs Real Grass

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Choosing between artificial and real grass can be a tricky decision when landscaping. Some prefer real grass because they like the smell of fresh grass in the morning while others prefer artificial grass because it requires less maintenance.

To determine the most suitable grass for you, you should know which features, and the kind of look, you prefer. Considering the pros and cons will also help you to select between artificial grass and real grass to lay in the garden.

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  • Aftercare Installation

After installation, grass needs extra care whether you use the artificial or the real one. For general maintenance, real grass requires regular watering, weeding, as well as feeding fertilizer for it to remain in good condition. Some people like to do this aftercare themselves to save cost. 

Never think that you can just leave the artificial one because it also needs aftercare. For regular maintenance, you have to scrub off any dirt and clean away fallen leaves. Whenever you discover any torn part, it must be filled with proper material. 

  • Durability

Without regular weeding and trimming, a fake lawn may last more than 10 years without needing replacement. However, you need to step or do activities on it carefully. Because any sharp hit can cause damage and an artificial lawn cannot repair itself. The reparation for artificial turf sometimes can be pricey. 

When talking about replacement, real grass offers a more affordable option. Anytime you find a damaged part, you can just dig it and replace them with fresh grass. 

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  • Surface Temperature

Artificial grass tends to get hot under the sun and it also releases heat both day and night. So, if you don’t want to feel hot when stepping on its surface during the day, it is better to place artificial turf in shady areas. 

Meanwhile, the real grass keeps providing a comfortable place for a walk even in the middle of the day under the sun. It is because the real lawn has a natural cooling effect and doesn’t release heat. 

  • Environmental Effect

Take into account the effects on the surrounding environment. The real turf offers fewer effects to the environment as well as just needs regular watering and energy like other plants. Besides, it is easier to decompose.

On the other hand, artificial ones are often made from synthetic material which provides more effects to the environment. The production of artificial turf also requires high carbon. They are not degradable and pretty hard to recycle. 

  • Cost

Covering gardens with real grass naturally will come at a low cost. Perhaps, you only need to spend money on soil improvement and irrigation to support their growth. Artificial lawns cost more than real ones. Not to mention the installation cost.