Are you searching for a lovely, natural looking garden?
Maybe you want to brighten up your outdoor space, or need a lovely, green, natural feel for your front yard. But wait a second… what about maintenance? If you’re feeling torn about artificial grass vs real grass, this is definitely the article for you.
As an artificial grass specialist – and experienced landscaper – I can tell you right now that both real and artificial grass have their pros and cons. So, if you’re undecided about which to go for, hopefully I can help.
First, let’s take a closer look at the advantages and disadvantages of real grass, and why you might opt to have it in your garden. Long relaxing Sundays doing a spot of gardening, and childhood memories of freshly-cut grass, anyone?
Pros of natural grass:
- It smells nice – freshly cut grass is usually in people’s top 10 favourite smells
- It can look great when it’s well-maintained (and when that’s possible for your garden)
- It’s initially cheaper to install than artificial grass (but will cost more in the long-term)
- It’s very easy to install
Cons of natural grass:
- It’s very high maintenance and requires a lot of care (mowing, weeding etc.)
- It can be costly to keep it looking great all-year-round
- It can get very muddy/messy – especially if there’s drainage issues with your garden
- Puddling can be an issue and it can stay wet for days after heavy rainfall
- Pets can stain it or dig it up so that it’s yellow and patchy in areas
- You may need to use fertilisers to keep it looking good
- It’s not great if you have allergies such as hayfever
Now, let’s see what real grass is really up against! Artificial grass has some clear benefits (like very little maintenance, and zero drainage issues!), but just like anything, it also has its downsides.
Pros of artificial grass:
- It’s very low-maintenance and doesn’t require mowing or weeding
- It’s child and pet-friendly
- It can help with your allergies
- An optional shock pad layer can make it even safer for playing on
- No more mud or mess!
- Eliminates drainage issues
- It looks great all-year-round
- It can last for 15 – 20 years, making it a great investment
- It could add value to your property
Cons of artificial grass:
- It can be quite an upfront investment
- It can melt if exposed to hot objects/machinery and would need to be patched
- There’s no freshly-cut grass smell
- Some people are concerned about its impact on wildlife – check out our blog about why your installer should have an eco-policy
Advice from an artificial grass specialist
Still trying to decide? Your choice should ultimately come down to what you’re looking for from your garden. However, I’ve found that fake grass has so many benefits, and looks so natural that it allows my customers to enjoy their garden at any time of the year, without the hassle of upkeep.
They tend to contact us, having done their research into these pros and cons first. They usually decide that real grass requires too much upkeep, and want the benefits of a green garden without all the mowing, so opt for fake.
It also means children and pets can get out to play on it all-year-round, without needing to keep them off the lawn for days at a time due to the risk of trailing mud through the house. Everyone wins!
I hope you’ve enjoyed reading. If you’re struggling between artificial grass vs real grass, you’ll know there are pros and cons of each. But only you can decide which option is right for your home. If you love that freshly cut grass smell and don’t mind spending time maintaining your lawn and garden, natural grass may be your best option.
However, if you live a busy lifestyle, or are unable to spend a lot of time mowing and maintaining your lawn, artificial grass may be best. It can be great for children and pets, or for eliminating drainage issues.
Is there anything else you want to know about artificial grass vs real grass? Let me know in the comments. I’m always happy to help!