Artificial Grass v Real Grass
This post was originally published as a guest posted on homeiown.com and has been included here for the sake of completeness.
As I walk around residential areas one thing I have started to see more and more is artificial grass. I have even seen builders put artificial grass on the nature strips in front of their show houses. (Can you still call them nature strips with artificial grass?)
Here are my thoughts on how they compare for use in the home:
|Installation||To get a good lawn requires good soil preparation whether you are going to use seed or turf. It will initially require heavy watering.||Artificial grass should be laid on a level well compacted gravel bed. Following the laying of the mat a filler of rubber granules is added and brushed in.|
|Cost||Low for seed to high for turf||High|
|First use||Can be a few weeks for turf to months for seed||Immediately|
|Water Use||10-20L/m2 per week in summer without rain||Zero|
|Maint’nce||Weekly mowing in summer and regular edging||Regular weedkill and monthly raking to keep up appearance|
|Repair||Easy and low cost||Difficult and expensive, particularly if it becomes uneven.|
|Suitability for sport||Ok for garden putting greens||Good for sports such as tennis as it’s resistant to wear|
|Enviro Effects||Helps absorb CO2||Saves water|
|Look||Seasonal and weather changes also watering dependant||Always green|
|Feel||Soft and cool on feet Neutral to pleasant smell||Soft but Hot in direct sunlight, static can build up, and has rubbery smell*|
|Effect on the House||Will help keep the house cool||No effect|
|Allergies||Can affect hay fever sufferers, especially when mowing||No effect|
* spraying with a weak solution of fabric softener will help with static and smell
As for me….. well my children have grown up and I don’t like mowing lawns so we haven’t got any lawn, just a native garden.
If you do go for a natural grass you need to keep it well mowed or get someone like Jim’s Mowing Mornington Penisula to look after it.
Which do you prefer?