If you’re trying to decide whether a natural grass lawn or an artificial one is a better choice for your garden, it can be tough to know.
Artificial grasses have come a long way, and a good quality one will often look and feel similar to the real thing. However, some people will never like the idea of artificial grass, no matter how good quality.
We’ve rounded up the pros and cons that you should consider when choosing which direction to take in your garden.
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Pro: Low Maintenance
A considerable benefit of having artificial grass is that its low maintenance. So you can enjoy all the benefits of having a lawn, but without having to spend your Sunday afternoons mowing it!
Usually, there are just a few things you’ll need to do to take care of an artificial lawn:
Remove leaves and debris regularly. If you don’t remove leaves and debris regularly, they will build up and ruin the look of your lawn. The easiest way to get rid of leaves and debris is to use a leaf blower or a stiff brush.
Clean periodically. If your grass becomes dirty, simply clean it with a hose and a light detergent.
Be aware of the heat. Artificial lawns can melt if subjected to extreme heat, so be careful when using the barbecue or if you have any mirrors or other reflective surfaces in your garden.
Pro: Your pet will love it
If you have a dog or a cat, they will love playing on an artificial lawn just as much as they would a real one!
Artificial lawns are also easier to keep free from pet waste because they won’t hide it in the long grass so easily. No more nasty surprises when you’re walking around the garden barefoot!
To prevent your artificial lawn from holding onto odors from pet waste, it’s a good idea to use an artificial grass cleaner that’s been designed to get rid of pet smells.
Pro: Great for allergy sufferers
Artificial lawns don’t give off any allergens, unlike the real thing, so if you’re a hayfever sufferer, it will make your garden a much more pleasant place to be.
Pro: Weed resistant
Weeds are much less likely to grow in artificial grass, which means that you can avoid using weedkillers that contain toxic ingredients.
Not having to use a weedkiller is of particular comfort to pet owners, people with children, and people who want to encourage native insect populations to thrive.
Con: It won’t smell like freshly cut grass
A side effect of not having to mow your lawn every Sunday is that you won’t be able to enjoy the smell of freshly cut grass anymore. For many people, this smell is a sign of summer and something that they would miss if they were to install an artificial lawn.
Con: You’ll need to promote biodiversity elsewhere
Insect populations won’t be able to thrive in an artificial lawn as they can in a real one, so if you’re concerned about promoting biodiversity, you’ll need to bear this in mind.
One way around this is to plant more shrubs and flowers around the edges of your lawn.