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Lawn & Garden

Is Artificial Grass the Right Choice for Your Lawn?

Growing and maintaining your lawn can get tiresome quick. Learn about why so many people are switching over to artificial turf. Fake grass can be easier to care for, and still looks great!

Dog playing on artificial grass

Artificial turf isn’t just for football fields anymore. More and more homeowners are turning to artificial turf for a low-maintenance, low-cost alternative to real grass in the front and back yard. And it’s not hard to see why – it never needs cut or watered, it stays green year-round and it’s a great alternative for the arid-climate landscaper who wants a green lawn in the desert. Let’s look at some of the benefits of landscaping with fake turf.

Benefits of Artificial Turf

One of the biggest benefits of installing fake grass is that it saves the homeowner time and money, without sacrificing style. Here’s a short list of some of the reasons why you should consider installing artificial turf grass:

  • It never needs mowed, fertilized, or watered.
  • There’s no need to aerate or de-thatch.
  • You don’t need to spend money on fertilizer, gas, purchasing or maintaining a lawn mower, spreading pesticides or any of the other costly accoutrements of real lawn maintenance.
  • No more toxic chemicals!
  • It stays green year-round, even in the coldest winter or harshest desert climate.
  • It’s easy to replace.
  • It’s environmentally sustainable.

Maintenance is a Breeze

Lots of homeowners and landscapers spend hours every weekend mowing, fertilizing, weeding and treating their real turf grass lawns for pests and disease. But when you install artificial turf grass, you can get all that time back. Obviously, artificial grass doesn’t grow, so there’s no need to cut it. No more looking up landscaping tips for low-maintenance or water-wise landscaping, either – artificial grass is the last word in low-maintenance landscaping. All you have to do is sweep off any debris that might accumulate on it.

Laying down artificial turf

No Water, Pesticides or Fertilizers Needed

When utilizing artificial grass, you don’t need to install and maintain an expensive sprinkler system or worry about wasting water on your lawn in an arid climate or under drought conditions. Artificial turf is the ultimate energy-efficient landscaping option. Fungi, grubs, dog damage and other pesky lawn pests can’t kill your artificial turf. You won’t need to spread fertilizers or spend time on your hands and knees digging out weeds. It’s easy to install and you’ll have more time and money to spend enjoying your lawn instead of maintaining it.

It Looks Great Year-Round

Real grass needs a lot of care and maintenance in order to look its best and it also needs the right weather and climate conditions. Warm-climate turf grasses will turn brown in cold weather and cool-climate grasses tend to wither at the peak of summer, even in milder climates. Artificial grass stays the same lush green all year round and you don’t need to baby it to make that happen. 

You also don’t need to replace it every couple of years like you do a real lawn; and artificial lawn will last 12 to 15 years. Whether you’re looking for a long-lasting, great-looking landscaping alternative that will let you and your family enjoy your outdoor space with less of the backbreaking lawn work, or you’re just trying to get your HOA off your back about the brown spots in your front lawn, fake grass could be the answer.

It’s Environmentally Sustainable

Perhaps the biggest benefit of installing artificial turf for many homeowners is its environmental sustainability. If you live in the desert, artificial turf lets you enjoy the look of a nice, green lawn, without fighting a losing battle against Mother Nature. If your region is prone to drought conditions, an artificial lawn can save you from having to choose between paying water restriction fines or having a nice lawn. As more and more municipalities prioritize sustainability measures, many homeowners can now take advantage of “cash-for-grass” incentive programs that pay homeowners for replacing water-hungry turf grasses with more drought-tolerant landscaping options.

Of course, using less water isn’t the only thing that makes artificial turf more environmentally sustainable. Installing artificial turf also means you’re pumping fewer chemicals, toxins and pollutants into the environment, because you’re not dumping pesticides and fertilizers all over your lawn. You won’t be running a lawnmower, so there’s no lawnmower exhaust polluting the air. You might even find that your home is cleaner, since artificial turf doesn’t get muddy like real grass does. And, because it doesn’t attract pests, you won’t have to worry about insects and other creepy crawlers invading your outdoor space.

A lush, green lawn that doesn’t require maintenance – sounds too good to be true, right? Well, it’s not! Artificial turf grass is a long-lasting, great-looking alternative to real turf grasses that eliminates most of the problems homeowners have with traditional grass lawns, including the need for extensive and ongoing maintenance. Give yourself a break – install artificial grass and start spending your weekends cooking out and playing catch with the kids, instead of doing yard work.

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