Which is the Best for your Backyard: Artificial or Natural Grass

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By Jane Grates / Published by Jane Grates
Your backyard is an important feature of your home. Be it when your kids want to play, when you feel like making that BBQ, or even that time for replenishing your soul.

As a parent who is concerned about the safety of your kid, ensuring that your backyard is as safe as possible should be your first priority. 

Artificial grass has increasingly gained popularity in the recent past. Apart from being eco-friendly, they don’t need fertilizer, water or mowing. The manufacturers have taken the threshold even further as its almost impossible to differentiate real grass and the artificial counterparts. 

Which begs the question, have we been unfair to natural grass by extolling the attributes of artificial grass? Many people have hinted they find it more gratifying to grow actual grass as opposed to having an artificial carpet lying on their backyards. Others have even gone further to castigate it by indicating it can be unsafe as it may be toxic. 

My readers got me thinking. Is artificial grass the salvation to dry areas that have scarcity of rain or is it just a one hit wonder that will not see the light of the day? 

 Here is what I found out about live grass versus artificial turf. 

Live grass backyard case 

Live grass is an emotional thing and has an emotional value to the owner. It will make your backyard look lively, beautiful, and serene. 

If you plan on having a live grass backyard, be ready to spend on the sprinklers that will slake the undying love for water from the live grass. The good thing about the sprinklers is that they have a precision adjustment so you don't have to worry about messing your neighbor’s artificial lawn. 

However, it comes with its fair share of controversies. It is costly to the environment. About one-third of the water that is consumed in residential properties goes to live backyards. This is not a good thing for areas with water shortage. Maintaining live backyard is also a pain in the ass. It needs pampering by trimming, mowing and blowing. This involves using electric powered tools which create pollution. This weighs down on the oxygen-producing reimbursement of grass. Additionally, they use fertilizers that pollute underground water. 

Many municipalities have even gone further to restrict the size of live laws and even established grass police. This shows the environmental impact a live grass backyard has. 

Artificial grass backyard case 

An artificial grass backyard addresses the concerns of environmental degradation of a live turf. It requires zero mowing, watering, and feeding. Most manufacturers use old plastics and tires to make their products. Although it’s expensive, it can push you for 25 years without replacing it. This overall translates into value for money. 

The aesthetic value of the artificial grass is to be admired. It comes with a wide array of lengths, textures, and colors. 

Although it may appear and look like real grass, artificial grass still remains plastic. It has been hailed for a number of benefits like saving water, it also has its drawbacks. It is petroleum based that pollutes the environment in the course of manufacturing. Although it is mainly made of recycled products, the product itself is non-biodegradable. Many may argue its 25 years lifespan significantly reduce the pollution but it eventually ends in a landfill. 

Critics have also pointed out that synthetic grass heats the environment. When directly heated by the sun, it feels hot. For the pet owners, be ready to scrap the animal waste from the artificial grass as it will not absorb it. 

Verdict 

 Naturally, some people will prefer artificial grass for their lawn while others will settle for natural grass. 

For those who are seeking to conserve water, limit chemical use, exposure to chemicals, and reduce carbon footprint then artificial grass would be ideal for your backyard. 

 If you are leaning towards creating a green environment then live grass is a perfect match. However, keep in mind to reduce the use of herbicides and create a special spot for your pets to prevent bacteria build-up on your backyard. Also mow, weed and water it as frequently to keep it looking excellent. 

When it comes to creating a safe backyard, what you choose to do the landscaping and installation of your backyard grass is as equally important as what you choose. 

Be it live grass or the artificial one, your safety and satisfaction of your backyard must have one cornerstone, which is installation.   


Writer's Bio:

Jane Grates  

Writing from Copenhagen, Denmark, Jane is an entrepreneur, and a full-time housewife. She spends most of her time on doing kitchen stuff reviews and owns several health and home sites such as Fighting Report, Winter Ninja, That Sweet Gift,  Monica’s Health Mag, Jane’s Kitchen Miracles & Car Seat Experts