Debate: Real vs Artificial Grass

There may come a time when your lawn starts looking worse for wear. In this blog we’ll examine the pros and cons of both real grass and artificial turf. Those who are starting to get tired of their garden or front lawn looking like a mud bath may start seeing artificial turf as a tempting option.

Grass lawns are the primary feature in many people’s gardens, but they are costly and need regular maintenance; at the very least you need to cut them, dig out the weeds and strim the edges. But if you’ve had enough of the regular upkeep, you could consider installing artificial turf. Here’s our guide on both.

Real grass

A brand new, real grass lawn can rejuvenate a tired garden, transforming it into an alluring area. Laying the rolls of turf can be done yourself, but if you’re not confident you can hire a professional to do it for you.

For those taking on the work themselves:

Soil preparation is important – this involves tearing up the old lawn and doing a lot of digging, levelling, raking and weeding.

Don’t hang around – once delivered, the rolls of lawn need to be laid within 24 hours. After it’s been laid, be sure to water it regularly until it’s rooted into the soil underneath.

Do it right – if you want to grow a long-lasting lawn, ensure you purchase the correct type of turf. Those described as ‘multipurpose’ may not be right for your garden.

Artificial grass

Synthetic grass is gaining popularity because they require very little maintenance.

It doesn’t need to be cut and it’ll be green year-round. It also can’t be dug up – making it ideal for those with children and pets.

Also these days, artificial turf no longer looks like a plain green rug; it now comes in different lengths and in a range of greens and brown shades, giving them a more natural look. It’s also long lasting, providing it’s installed properly; artificial turf that’s properly laid and cared for can last between 8-10 years.

The only maintenance required is occasional sweeping and watering. Algae and stains may appear over time but can be removed with household detergents and hot water.

So what should you go for?

Tired of your lawn getting muddy? Then artificial turf may be a tempting prospect. It could also be a consideration for gardens that suffer a lot of wear and tear throughout the year.

If your garden is suffering but you’re unable to afford artificial turf, turf specialists suggest improving its drainage by laying down the right top soil.

Just remember that unless it’s laid by them, specialists cannot provide a guarantee on their artificial grass, so consider paying the extra installation costs if you’re unsure about doing this yourself.

Artificial turf is also ideal for roof terraces and flat roofs since real grass can’t be laid there (it can only be laid on soil).

Which type of turf are you leaning towards? Let us know on Twitter @haart_uk!