Why artificial grass isn’t worth it
In certain parts of the country it can be a challenge to grow healthy grass, especially if you are concerned with keeping it green all year long. Because of this struggle, many homeowners decide to spend their money on artificial grass. Unfortunately, most of these homeowners regret their choice after just a few weeks. Other than its unnatural texture and appearance when viewed up close, there are many reasons that artificial grass is a poor investment.
The pros and cons of artificial grass
There are many factors that lead homeowners to spring for artificial grass, but this is not a decision that should be made lightly. Artificial grass has come a long way from the days of astroturf, and the prices have increased significantly as well. Many homeowners point out that, due to the lack of time and money spent on mowing, watering and performing various lawn treatments, that artificial grass pays for itself. When you consider the average yearly costs of lawn maintenance, it may take as long as 8 years for this grass to pay for itself, if it survives that long.
If you’re looking for a lawn that looks and feels natural, you may not be impressed by artificial grass despite recent advances. It certainly looks and feels much more real than astroturf, but as you walk on this grass you’ll quickly notice a dead giveaway: The sound. Plastic grass rustles in a way that sounds like you’re shaking plastic bags as you walk, a sound that most people would never associate with a lawn.
As if the upfront cost of artificial grass isn’t enough, the rubber cushion that provides a “more natural” bounce may need to be replaced every few years. This means removing all of the grass in order to access this cushion. You’ll also notice that this fake grass heats up in direct sunlight, so much so that it can be painful to walk across.
Consider sod instead
If you’re attracted to artificial grass because of how quickly it can be installed, you should give sod some thought. Though it is more expensive than seeds, sod is usually more affordable than artificial grass. Just like plastic grass, it comes rolled in sheets just like carpet – and once your lawn has been properly prepared it can be rolled out and is ready to go. You’ll want to take some specific care steps until it has fully established, but aesthetically it will look even better than artificial grass from day one.
Sod is easy, but installation is best left to the professionals. Many homeowners attempt to install sod on their own, and when they make mistakes they end up being extremely expensive ones. The best thing about sod is that it’s fully grown, real grass. It will look, sound, and feel just like a healthy seed-started lawn that has been long established and well cared for.
Artificial grass, sod or seed? The choice is yours
Only you can decide which type of grass meets your needs best. Artificial grass is certainly low maintenance, despite its inorganic nature and high price point. Sod is slightly cheaper, and requires very little time and work to establish itself in your lawn. Seed is surely the most affordable option, and though it takes some time and dedication to plant and establish it is no different than sod once initial growing is complete.
If you still have questions about whether or not artificial grass is right for your yard, don’t be afraid to ask for help. Consider speaking with a lawn care expert about the various types of grass, and which are the most preferred for your area. Get in touch with a lawn care expert today to learn more about any of the questions you have about your yard.