Outdoors: What are the pros and cons of artificial grass?
Maintenance-free Artificial grass is dirt-repellent, does not create muddy footprints, requires little maintenance and does not require herbicides, pesticides or fertilizers to grow. Since it does not need to be watered, it helps prevent water consumption without compromising the aesthetics of the lawn that has been laid. However, it does need to be cleaned and disinfected regularly to prevent bacteria from growing.
Looks like real grass Artificial turf mimics the look of real grass and is available in a variety of blade lengths, textures, densities and shades of green. It can be used outside or inside. Since it is a flexible material, it can be cut and installed as small strips between the sidewalk pavers.
Pet Friendly It cannot be digged and pampered by pets. Make it a goal to immediately remove pet litter from artificial turf and clean it with soapy water to minimize odors and prevent it from becoming a potential health hazard.
Fade Resistant This type of green is UV resistant, which prevents the grass from fading in sunlight. As a result, artificial grass retains its green color year round, while natural grass can turn brown in excessive sunlight.
Very durable It is durable and can be used for up to 10 to 15 years depending on quality and maintenance. If installed in a shaded area, it will last longer than real grass that is exposed to direct sunlight.
Expensive artificial grass is very expensive because the initial installation costs are high. In the long term, however, it pays off due to the low maintenance costs.
Has a three-dimensional feel. Artificial turf feels like plastic and doesn’t have the natural fresh grass, especially when walking barefoot. It absorbs more heat than natural grass and is uncomfortable to walk on in harsh sunlight. Some manufacturers offer cushions under this grass to lower the temperature when exposed to sunlight.
Artificial turf that is not environmentally friendly cannot replace the properties of natural turf, as it is alive and releases oxygen as it grows. Since artificial turf is made of plastic, it is not biodegradable and will end up in a landfill. In addition, artificial turf simply acts as an outside carpet that prevents rainwater from entering the ground. This affects the soil ecosystem and the biodiversity of the landscaped garden.
One disadvantage of artificial grass is that it is not environmentally friendly. Photo credit: Lara-Santos / Pexels