Weighing the Pros & Cons of Artificial Grass for Your Yard

So you’ve been mulling over the idea of artificial grass for your landscape for some time now. The prospect of no longer having to mow and edge your lawn sounds like a dream. Many of your questions have been answered, and now you’re taking time to weigh all of the benefits and drawbacks before you decide whether or not to trade your natural grass for a nearly perfect permanent lawn. Here’s a quick list of some of the pros and cons associated with this green outdoor carpet. (The terms artificial grass/turf, and synthetic grass/turf are used synonymously).  

Pros

With artificial turf there’s no mowing your lawn. Turf also eliminates the need for edging and trimming around trees, bushes, and sidewalks.

The newest generation of artificial turf looks increasingly like the real thing.

Artificial grass can last for up to 20 years with very little maintenance.

Synthetic grass is ideal for climates that are prone to drought.

Artificial grass is eco-friendly because it doesn’t require watering (only occasionally to remove dust) or fertilizing. Since there’s no need for fertilizer, there’s no threat of pollution to groundwater. 

Artificial turf helps reduce air and noise pollution, since there’s no need for gas-guzzling mowers, edgers, and trimmers.

Some manufacturers use recycled materials, like plastic bottles or tires, in portions of the construction of artificial turf.

Cons     

Synthetic turf has a hefty up-front cost.

Synthetic turf may absorb heat and feel hot to the touch on very hot days in direct sun.   

Some synthetic grasses are plastic, which is a petroleum-based product that creates waste and pollution during the manufacturing process.

Although synthetic grass is often partially constructed using recycled materials, it’s not biodegradable and at the end of its lifespan can wind up in a landfill.

Artificial grass may sometimes hold odors from pet waste. (Solid waste should be removed, liquids will pass through to the ground. Lingering odors can be neutralized using a combination of vinegar and water).

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