The Benefits of Artificial Grass vs Natural Lawn

When a lawn needs to be replaced, most homeowners automatically think of replacing the natural grass with more natural grass, but there is a modern alternative in artificial grass that is proving lower maintenance, longer durability and cheaper over the long-term.

PermaLawn has introduced a range of high-quality artificial grasses that are really changing the way homeowners perceive a faux lawn. Long behind are the days of AstroTurf-esque matting; today, you can be hard-pressed to tell the difference between natural and artificial grass.

Aesthetics are not the only reason you might choose to install an artificial lawn over natural grass, as there are many benefits to be had.

Durability of artificial grass vs natural lawn

Artificial grass is almost always chosen because of its durability in a variety of situations. It should be obvious for anyone that using artificial grass for a sports field is a no brainer. Hockey, football, rugby fields and even park spaces where people go to exercise all take a hammering every single day. In fact, in a single day sports pitches laid with natural grass suffer multiple areas of damage. At times the damage can be left to self-repair by regrowth. Very often huge tufts of grass are lost. This is because natural grass is not woven into a single unit and will have multiple weak areas. Wet weather contributes to serious damage that takes time and costly repair and replacement.

The durability of artificial grass is a completely different scenario. Because it is not organic, it can weather all sorts of treatment without degrading. Properly laid artificial grass on an adequately prepared substrate, will not separate and tear in the same way that natural turf does, especially when it gets wet.

Weathering

The impact of weather conditions such as heavy rain on natural grass means that often when the ground becomes waterlogged, the grass surface cannot be used until the weather improves and the grass dries out. In situations where artificial grass has been laid, the substrate will have been designed for both drainage and runoff. The waterlogged sports or recreation surface will no longer be a concern.

Durability extends life expectancy. Well laid turf, even with high traffic can expect to last between eight and ten years, provided the correct type of artificial lawn was selected for purpose. In fact, lower traffic artificial grass surfaces can last much longer.

With ongoing basic care and cleaning even exterior artificial turf can last under very harsh weather conditions. In environments such as the UK and parts of the US, an artificial grass surface can endure both hot summers and very cold winter weather. Snow, ice and occasional heatwaves all add to the wear and tear on natural grass, yet a good-quality artificial lawn will survive even the toughest weathering.

Cost comparison of artificial grass vs natural lawn

When choosing to lay synthetic turf, the cost to value ratio is very important. When comparing the cost of laying a natural turf to a synthetic grass, it's not only the price of the product that matters. Comparing the price in relation to longevity as well as the cost of upkeep is relevant. While on the face of it natural grass may be cheaper, over its lifetime the time, effort and money in maintenance is so much higher, it becomes very difficult to compare.

When you also factor in the cost of purchasing, running and maintaining a lawnmower, without mentioning the time spent actually mowing the grass, raking and ensuring bare patches are re-sown, artificial grass is beginning to sound like a great choice.

Great for pets

Because of the way that your faux turf is made, it is in fact ideal for dogs and other active pets. The weave, shape of the yarn and the base will all determine long term durability. Also consider length, and whether the tufts are single strand or looped. Single strand blades look more authentic and are easier to keep clean, once solid waste is removed from the surface.

Remember too, that because the grass is artificial your pets will not be exposed to weed killer or other garden products that are poisonous to pets.

These are but a few of the benefits you can realise in your choice of artificial grass over natural lawn. Visit our shop to find out more about the types of artificial grass available. We have a wide range of types suitable for domestic gardens, show gardens, exhibition stands, parks, sports fields and many more.

Don't hesitate to contact us today on 01773 441 950, or email us at info@perma-lawn.co.uk for more information or to request a brochure. You can also view our artificial grass ranges directly from the website.