Whether outfitting a playground or creating a back garden oasis, choosing between turf and artificial grass can be confusing. When it comes to landscaping your garden, the debate between turf and artificial grass can be a tricky one. Natural grass has environmental benefits; however, artificial turf is often a more practical and cost-effective alternative. But what are the advantages and setbacks of each?
In this post, we will get into the nitty gritty between turf and artificial grass so you can make an informed decision when designing your outdoor space.
To most people, fake grass is literally that – an artificial surface designed to mimic the look and feel of natural grass. However, many don’t know that the technical name for fake grass is ‘artificial grass’ and ‘artificial turf’ is used to describe sports surfaces shorter in length than traditional artificial lawns.
So now we’ve cleared that up, we will continue to use the term interchangeably because the chances are you’re thinking about artificial grass in a domestic setting – although if you need your football pitch replaced with artificial turf, we can do that too.
When considering cost, natural turf is usually the cheaper option initially. However, over time the cost of maintaining a natural lawn can add up quickly with mowing, weed control and fertilising all necessary to keep your grass healthy. Artificial grass, on the other hand, requires little maintenance; once installed, you only need to keep it clean and free from debris.
Regarding maintenance, natural grass requires more upkeep than its artificial counterpart. On average, you must mow a natural lawn once a week and fertilise it every three months. Artificial turf does not require mowing; however, you must clean it regularly as leaves and other debris can accumulate on the surface.
Natural grass needs regular attention, which is fine if you’re retired or have more time, but artificial grass may be the best option if you’re a busy family.
It’s common knowledge that natural grass is environmentally friendly, but there are several other benefits to consider. For example, natural grass helps reduce air pollution by absorbing CO2 (carbon dioxide) and releasing oxygen through photosynthesis.
Natural grass also absorbs water and prevents flooding by providing a natural drainage system that filters runoff into the soil. Using real grass as landscaping also cools your garden because its blades reflect sunrays away from the surface. Natural grass absorbs the sound of rain and other outdoor noise, providing a peaceful environment.
Although there are many advantages to having natural grass in your garden, there are also some drawbacks to consider. For example, real grass requires more upkeep than artificial turf and can be labour-intensive.
One of the significant drawbacks to natural turf is that it can be unpredictable in terms of growth rates and health due to factors such as weather, soil type, and the amount of sun or shade your lawn receives. Artificial grass has a far more consistent appearance; it won’t die off in dry spells, you don’t have to worry about weeds or moss taking over, and you don’t have to spend a fortune on fertiliser.
Another downside to natural turf is that it can become difficult and uncomfortable to walk on or even penetrate the soil when it gets wet or muddy. Artificial grass is designed with drainage holes; this means it can handle damp weather without becoming boggy and waterlogged.
When installed properly and taken care of, artificial grass can increase your home’s value. It’s easy to install, low-maintenance and a great way to give your garden an instant facelift.
However, if it is not installed correctly (for example, using poor quality materials or laying it unevenly), then artificial grass can potentially devalue a property. Therefore, it’s crucial to invest in a good quality product and ensure an experienced professional appropriately lays it.
Here at Planet Turf, we understand grass and garden maintenance and the importance of having a healthy lawn. We have years of experience dealing with natural and artificial grass, making us the ideal choice for anyone looking to improve their outdoor space.
By choosing our team of specialists, you can be sure that your garden will be in safe hands and that you can trust us to provide professional advice on which type of grass is best for your garden. We’ll also be able to help you assess the benefits and drawbacks of natural and artificial grass to decide what’s suitable for you and your family.
Whether you want natural turf or fake grass, Planet Turf will guide you in finding the perfect solution for your garden that fits your budget and needs.
Grass varieties differ, and grow patterns change in different parts of the UK. Therefore, a local garden maintenance company knows exactly what’s best for your garden. We are familiar with your area’s soil, climate, rainfall and local plants – critical information when deciding if real turf or artificial grass is the right option for your garden.
If your looking for a team of experienced gardeners and lawn experts in Dartford, Caterham, Bexleyheath, Sidcup, Sevenoaks, Longfield, Oxted, Orpington, Biggin Hill, and Rochester, or, in fact, anywhere in Kent, get in touch with us at Planet Turf today to start your journey towards an ideal lawn.