The Grass Is Always Greener—Or Is It? The Pros and Cons of Artificial Turf

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Maintaining your yard so that it is lush, green, and pristine all year long is a formidable task. Flooding, wildlife and the task of tending to grass make yard work a tedious undertaking. Artificial turf seems like the perfect solution in this case. However, it is important to understand that while synthetic grass has its advantages, it also comes with some drawbacks.

Maintenance

Taking care of a synthetic lawn in comparison to real grass is considered easier. You don’t need to water it, pick weeds or get rid of pests. Not having to go out into the summer heat and mow the lawn is a huge advantage in the eyes of many homeowners. But just because artificial grass doesn’t have similar maintenance protocols doesn’t mean that it can be installed and not taken care of. Debris, algae and moss are capable of creating buildup on artificial grass over time. If you have pets, you’ll need to make sure that you regularly use a cleaner that has enzymes that can break up the smell of pet waste on the turf and disinfect it.

Cost

Artificial turf saves homeowners a significant amount of money on their water bill as watering is no longer required for lawn maintenance. However, the upfront cost of the initial installation will be an expensive investment. Other costs relating to upkeep and repair may accrue over time depending on the wear and tear that the artificial turf endures over time.

Impact on the Environment

The lack of bugs, patches or weeds makes artificial turf more environmentally friendly for homeowners. The potential to save thousands of gallons of water annually and stop the usage of pesticides that cause damage to the environment makes synthetic grass an investment that is worthwhile for some. However, artificial turf can have as much of a negative impact on the environment as its natural counterpart. It is not a biodegradable substance, so large amounts of synthetic grass cannot be recycled once the time comes for it to be replaced. Also, the heat-absorbent material can reach temperatures of up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit in regions with hot weather.

While artificial turf has many benefits, it also has its fair share of issues. It is important to understand that it will not erase all the problems that come with lawn care and may create a new set of concerns. All the pros and cons that come with its installation must be analyzed thoroughly so that you get the lawn that is right for you and know how to properly take care of it.