Save on time and money with a year-round artificial grass surface
With a traditional grass surface, the only problem with the onset of the warmer spring and summer weather is the increased amounts of time spent mowing and generally tending the lawn. Hours of time not to mention money are spent on real grass each year.
Things are changing as more people are retiring their lawn mowers and investing in virtually maintenance free artificial grass so as to spend more time enjoying their garden rather than working in it.
The rise of artificial grass
Artificial grass is becoming the surface of choice in more residential gardens and commercial premises as, over the years, the standard and quality has risen appreciably and over a period of time proves a money saver compared to real grass.
It’s easy enough to take a look at some samples and then buy artificial grass and have it professionally installed or, if you know what you’re doing, install it yourself.
Virtually no maintenance
Unlike traditional grass, an artificial surface doesn’t require much in the way of maintenance – perhaps the occasional sweep and that’s about it. Real grass, on the other hand, requires year-round attention especially in the warmer months when growth accelerates, and mowing is a weekly or even more frequent chore.
Not just mowing – there’s also weeding, watering, feeding and a myriad of other grass maintenance tasks that eat up time that could be better spent reclining in a garden chair and generally relaxing.
In extreme cases such as after some damage caused by perhaps extremely hot conditions or using it when too wet, grass can become damaged and some areas may need re-turfing or re-seeding. Generally speaking, real grass does require ongoing time and expense.
Cutting – along with buying the mower itself, there’s the petrol or electricity required to power it and occasional blade replacement.
Watering – you may need to water grass on occasion and this can obviously add considerably to your water bill.
General care – depending on how much you desire a healthy and good-looking lawn will determine how much time and expense you’ll devote to grass care.
Lawns may require fertiliser, feed and weed killer at various times and these all represent ongoing costs as does replacing damaged areas whether with turf or grass seed.
While artificial grass does represent an initial outlay at installation, over a period of time this cost would be made up and even eclipsed by the ongoing maintenance costs of real grass compared to virtually no expenditure for artificial.
Older people, holiday home owners and landlords – some older people find it more difficult to complete tasks such as mowing the lawn, and holiday home owners and landlords can forget about requiring regular grass cutting if they have artificial surfaces installed at their properties.
After all the time, expense and trouble taken over maintaining a real grass surface it may only be possible to use the lawn for a certain part of the year when it’s (hopefully) less wet and cold – if severe rainfall or drought strikes it may not be usable even then.
By contrast artificial grass is usable pretty much all year round. This is particularly useful if you have pets as they can soon inadvertently damage grass when it’s wet or frosty while fake grass can stand up to more punishment even straight after rain or frost.
Some say artificial grass is damaging to the environment in its manufacture, but this doesn’t stand up to close scrutiny. Most artificial surfaces are made of recycled plastics which is a positive; by contrast the maintenance tasks required for real grass can have a detrimental effect on the environment.
Mowing – the manufacturing of thousands of replacement mowers bought in a given year has an environmental impact as does the fossil fuels involved in running them whether petrol or electricity.
Watering – we face increased demands on water supplies, so high volumes of water used on thousands of lawns doesn’t help.
Chemicals used – weed killers and fertilisers are mostly chemical based and these can find their way into the ecosystem by getting washed into drains and sewers.
Save money, time and the environment
Overall, there’s a very strong case for artificial grass now that the standard has risen to a point where many claim to enjoy their fake surface and have no regrets over changing from traditional grass.