It would appear at a cursory glance that synthetic grass is a very expensive replacement for natural grass, but the high cost is only up front. When measured over the life of the grass you will find that synthetic grass is actually a cheaper alternative to the real stuff and the savings may not simply be the cost of maintaining the grass.
So, that higher upfront cost of a synthetic grass surface is pretty quickly recouped by the lower maintenance requirements. Time, energy and the possibility of greater usage gives you a surface that will pay for itself over its lifetime.
Synthetic Grass - The Benefits Over Natural Grass
As pleasant-looking and – feeling as natural grass is, it nevertheless possesses a series of characteristics which make it less than ideal in certain situations. Not only does it require considerable maintenance in order to maintain its vivid look, but it may also not be suited to certain climates or soils.
These particularities are a major factor behind the rise in popularity of artificial grass. Much more durable than natural grass, not to mention weather-proof and requiring a minimum of upkeep, this material has slowly but surely been catching up to, and oftentimes replacing, its natural partner. There are certain circumstances where turf, as it is also called, can definitely constitute the better option, and even in situations where either choice would work, synthetic turf can still hold a number of advantages over natural grass. The lines below provide a few examples to illustrate this point.
Advantages of Artificial Grass
As noted above, artificial grass is significantly more weather-resistant than natural grass. Rolls of turf also tend to be durable, enduring a fair amount of wear and tear, and require very little by way of trimming or tending once they have been laid down. The majority of artificial turf options are also excellent for homes with pets and children, as, unlike real grass, they cannot be dug up or through and do not generate mud – a parent’s dream!
When To Go With Artificial Grass
The characteristics outlined above make artificial turf suitable for a variety of situations. Elderly people, who are no longer able to tend after a real lawn, will find turf carpets to be an excellent, alternative for their back garden, which requires no upkeep and will stay permanently verdant, smooth and even. Holiday home-owners may also find it an excellent option for their summer or winter homes, as unlike real grass it does not require them to be physically present to tend after it regularly. Finally, as noted above, homes with children and pets may also benefit from this type of lawn, as opposed to a natural and easily damageable one.
Despite its growing popularity among private home-owners, however, it is for its role in public spaces that artificial grass continues to be best known. While parks continue to go with natural grass as a general rule, almost every other public space has opted for artificial turf, or astro-turf, as the perfect lining for their floors. Swimming pools, for example, often employ it, as it allows for safe barefoot padding without creating muddy footprints as a result.
Similarly, roof gardens where the covering is too light to support natural grass often go with substitute, as do dog runs and kennels, to prevent the pooches from digging holes or otherwise damaging the ground beneath them. Finally, areas of heavy public use, such as playgrounds or event grounds, also often resort to artificial grass to cover their floors. This is due to the fact that, as noted above, this material is capable of withstanding significant wear and tear, which makes it the perfect surface for children to play on or partygoers to tramp over. Perhaps if they forwent the usual meadows for astro-turf expanses, festival organisers would not have such woes once the event is over and they are forced to repair damages to the grass!
It is clear, then, that there are a number of situations in which artificial grass is more suitable than its natural counterpart. While many continue to dismiss this material as looking phony or tacky, or to regard it as a poor man’s substitute for a real lawn, the truth is, using it instead of natural grass can often make a home or land owner’s life much simpler and more hassle-free. Fortunately, more and more people have been catching on to that fact, and artificial lawns are enjoying a resurgence the world over!
Synthetic Turf For Dogs
With each passing year, commercial artificial grass becomes more and more established as a credible and highly-regarded material within western society. Gone are the days in which ‘fake grass’ was regarded as being tacky and not at all up to standard with ‘the real thing’; if anything, this opinion has been reversed, with artificial turf currently being the covering of choice for not only domestic lawns, but also sports surfaces.
One of the most underrated factors contributing to give commercial artificial grass this widespread popularity and approval was its high suitability for use in households with pets. Despite claims to the contrary having emerged over the years, the vast majority of artificial turf rolls available on the market nowadays are especially designed to be suitable for use by animals and small children. One sub-section of the market is even specifically geared towards this purpose, having earned the moniker of ‘pet grass’ as a result.
In fact, there are a number of ways in which commercial artificial grass trumps natural grass when it comes to its use by pets. Listed below are arguably the main three.
Allergies are one of the main concerns any pet owner faces. Animals, especially those allowed outside, such as dogs or cats, are just as prone to allergies as humans, and the very things which can trigger sneezing fits, fevers or rashes in humans can have the same effect on a pet. This is especially troublesome since nature tends to be full of substances and materials which can cause allergies or rashes, such as poison ivy or pollen. Natural grass, in and of itself, can often cause animals to itch or be otherwise allergic to them.
Commercial artificial grass does away with such an issue. Most artificial turf rolls are completely hypo-allergenic, meaning pets (and small children) run no risk of contracting allergies while romping about on them. In addition, replacing a natural lawn with an artificial one does away with most of the elements traditionally associated with allergies, further contributing to ensure pets remain allergy-free both during and after their outside expeditions.
As mentioned above, natural grass can often cause skin irritation in pets. While every pet likes to roll around in a grassy lawn, these moments of delight often result in itchy skin or rashes. With commercial artificial grass, such an issue is done away with, as most rolls of this material available on the market are non-irritant. As such, pets living in homes where natural grass is replaced by this material are likely to enjoy a much more pleasant, comfortable outdoor experience than they would have otherwise.
As also noted above, replacing a natural lawn with a commercial artificial grass carpet will do away with most of the elements likely to cause discomfort to animals while enjoying the outdoors. Two such elements are bugs and insects, which can cause irritation to pets, be it through bites or segregated substances. Once again, the installation of commercial artificial grass goes a long way towards solving this problem, as the synthetic nature of this material is not appealing to insects or bugs in the same way a natural lawn is. As such, these and other pests tend to stay away from commercial artificial grass carpets, which in turn can benefit the health and overall comfort levels of household pets.
It is clear, then, that when it comes to benefits for household pets, commercial artificial grass boasts a far larger number than its natural counterpart. It is, therefore, not at all surprising that more and more pet owners have been taking to replacing their natural lawns with artificial turf carpets, a tendency which is expected to continue and expand in years to come!