Have you recently wanted to spruce up your garden and give it that extra brightness for the summer months? There is never a better time to switch up your outdoor space and the main way to do this is to invest in garden furniture, plant flowers and tidy up your grass (or switch over to artificial grass!). Us Brits love grass lawns and there is nothing better than feeling the sun on your face while you’re sipping on a cocktail during the sunny days – as we have so few in the UK.
If you have lovely looking grass in your garden then it’s likely you’re not reading this grass. The odds are, you’re here to learn more about artificial (also known as ‘fake’) grass. Today, we’re going to explore the pros and cons of real and artificial grass then hopefully you’ll be able to come to a conclusion which grass is best for you and your lifestyle/home! It’s certainly not an easy decision so take time to consider everything carefully.
Let’s get into chatting about the pros and cons of both real and artificial grass and how either type could hugely benefit your life.
A newly turfed lawn can truly transform your outdoor space. This is especially true when it first gets laid. Your garden can seem so much more attractive if you’re able to lay turf but it does take a lot of preparation and work. Most of the work is in soil preparation and this involves stripping the old lawn and doing weeding, levelling and raking (if required!). After your turf has been laid it will need to be watered frequently (you’re lucky if you live somewhere that it rains often!) as this will enable the grass to root into the underlying soil.
Many people prefer real grass as it means you have to take care of the outdoor space, but for others, this is an extra job that makes upkeep of your outdoor space a little more difficult. Plus, if your garden doesn’t get a lot of sun, this can mean your grass won’t get enough sun to grow healthily.
Pros of Real Grass
- It’s natural and has a lovely cut-grass smell
- It’s slightly cheaper than ‘fake’ grass
Cons of Real Grass
- Must get the right amount of sun and rain to thrive
- You’ll need to regularly get your lawn treated
- You have to maintain it (if you don’t like maintaining grass then this can become effort, maintenance can include mowing and trimming).
More people are making the switch to artificial grass, especially pet owners. There are various reasons for this. Artificial grass works well for small spaces and also larger garden areas as it requires very minimal upkeep. It doesn’t need to be mowed or treated as once it has been installed into your outdoor space, it is practically there until you move it. Grass Warehouse have a range of artificial grasses that may be of interest to you if you’re wanting artificial turf. Their prices are the best around and most of their ranges are pet-friendly too!
Pros of Artificial Grass
- No maintenance is required, except the odd sweep
- It’s pet-friendly and means no more muddy paw prints around your home
- It won’t discolour
Cons of Artificial Grass
- It’s a little more expensive than ‘real’ turf
The decision to switch up your turf is a difficult one, but you certainly will not regret the decision you make as long as you’ve thought long and hard about the lifestyle change it will bring. If you’re fed up with your lawn looking like a mud bath or dry and patchy, it may be time to make the switch. However, if you’re happy with your natural turf, artificial grass may not be for you.