by Ashley Moore

Everyone enjoys a beautiful, lush lawn that is a consistently green, eye-pleasing, soft to walk on and keeps dirt at bay. Businesses and homeowners alike have strived for decades to remain one step ahead of Mother Nature and maintain crowd-pleasing lawns and swaths of grass.  It is a never-ending battle that can be thrown off course by any number of missteps, unfortunate incidents or just plain old bad luck.

Some enjoy battling the elements, insect plagues, turf diseases, water shortages, shade, pet overuse and a myriad of other ailments that can dramatically affect the look and durability of natural turf.  And these efforts can and do succeed.  When they do prevail they are worthy of praise and admiration because the vast majority of people aren’t able or willing to spend the time to create the “perfect lawn”. 

Luckily with today’s amazing scientific advances in turf technology, we are able to recreate the perfect grass for any situation or circumstance.  There are so many varieties to choose from for every purpose imaginable, and artificial grass features very little maintenance, no disease problems, no pests, no more mud, no wear and tear and no more fighting the elements for that perfect lawn or strip of grass.

So, even though maintaining a natural lawn to exacting standards is a noble endeavor, many more are able to enjoy that “perfect lawn” by installing artificial grass.  It also frees up a lot more time and provides the perfect win-win situation.  

Below are 10 really compelling reasons to choose artificial grass over natural grass.  They are definitely worth a close examination, especially if you enjoy that perfect lawn without all the work and hassle.  You can now have your cake and eat it too.

Looks Great

If you want a perfect looking, consistently green and manicured grassy area or lawn year-round, then artificial grass is the way to go.  Without a tremendous time and resource investment on a year-round basis, there is not a better solution.  You can also say goodbye to brown, dormant grass for 6 months a year and hello to a perfectly green yard all year long.

Very Low Maintenance

What’s not to like about a low maintenance yard. That is unless you enjoy spending hours upon hours each week maintaining a natural grass area or lawn.  Natural grass needs to be watered, mowed, edged, weeded, fertilized, pest controlled, re-seeded, and the list goes on. Artificial grass only needs the occasional rinsing and leaf/debris removal, which can typically be performed with a leaf blower.  Artificial grass also brings more peace to the family.  No longer is there a need to argue over who’s turn it is to mow and maintain the grass each week.

Saves Water, $$ and The Environment

Watering a natural grass area or lawn can be a big expense when the rains don’t come.  For a quarter of an acre lot, the water bill each year can easily reach over $2,000. And that is each and every year. Not to mention the wasted potable water that could be used for more important purposes than irrigating a lawn. Artificial grass also saves $$ when lawn equipment, gasoline, fertilizer, weed control, pest control, grass seed/replacement, etc. don’t have to be purchased.  This is an additional savings of several thousand per year. As our water resources become more and more strained and harder to secure, artificial grass will become more important to our pocketbooks and environment.

A Time Saver

Winter brings a nice respite from lawn duties. Late fall through most of the winter means a lot less work is required to maintain natural grass.   This affords the opportunity to do other things and enjoy interests outside of our yards.  Instead of spending 3 – 4 hours each week for 8 months a year maintaining natural grass, that time can be spent doing other endeavors.  If you add all that time up over the eight months of the natural grass growing season, it equates to 100 plus hours of time spent growing natural turf.  That’s more than 4 entire days that can be rescued if artificial grass is installed.

Reduces Allergies

Grasses contribute to a lot of airborne allergies. Artificial grass eliminates this issue. It also eliminates mold and mildew which can grow in natural grasses that may not drain well.

Pet Proof

Both pets and pet parents love artificial grass. No more holes to dig or escapes under fences. No more pee stains that burn and kill the grass, and no more worn areas or messy paws.  Pets can lay down on artificial grass without getting dirt and debris all over their fur. 

Environmentally Friendly

Without the need to send grass clippings to the local dump, add fertilizer, pest and weed control chemicals and anti-fungal concoctions to the environment, artificial grass becomes a good solution for remaining as environmentally friendly as possible.

No Messy Feet or Paws

With artificial grass, messy feet and paws are relegated to the history book.  It can be such a relief to let pets in and out without having to worry about wiping their paws off each time they re-enter the house.   And businesses can rest assured that their interiors will remain cleaner as well.

Toxin Free

Artificial grass contains no toxins and there won’t be any added chemicals from fertilizers, pest control or weed control chemicals.

It “Grows” Anywhere

Natural grass doesn’t grow everywhere.  It doesn’t like too shaded, too wet or too dry of an area.  The soil even has to be the right composition to maintain a healthy lawn.  Artificial grass doesn’t care.  It “grows” anywhere and everywhere.  And it especially “likes” shaded areas where natural grass just won’t grow.

There are many considerations to weigh when it comes to deciding if artificial or natural grass is the best option for your project. In the end, if you desire to save a lot of time, enjoy a low maintenance area, a green lawn year-round, an environmentally friendly solution and turf that will be at home in the sun or dense shade, then artificial grass may be the way to go.

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