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Natural Grass vs Artificial Grass

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So your lawn is looking brown and needs a fresh patch of grass for a refreshing look. It can really enhance your newly built retaining wall. Are you considering natural grass vs artificial grass? Well, for a better decision making, let’s examine the pros and cons of each grass for your lawn.

Although the two types look the same, they have some differences in functionality. Artificial grass has gained reputation because it is cost-effective and eco-friendly as well.

Unlike natural grass, artificial grass doesn’t require watering expenses or maintenance.

Natural grass, on the other hand, has its benefits and that’s why people still prefer it over artificial one.

Before digging into the pros and cons of each, let’s discuss some of the questions you should ask yourself before making a decision.

  • How much money are you willing to spend to purchase and maintain your lawn?
  • How much time can I afford – weekly – to attend to and care for my lawn?
  • How will you use your lawn space?
  • Will it be used by animals or children? If so, how often?
  • Does my lawn have enough shade, light and airflow?

Your decision to the type of grass largely depends on your answer to those questions. However, it is also important that you take a look at the pros and cons of each before finalising your decision.

Natural Grass

Green grass field in nature

Pros

1) Natural grass looks great if properly maintained

The secret to a great look of your natural lawn is proper maintenance. For sure, you cannot keep your eyes off a good looking real lawn. Your lawn will also feel and look homier. If you can’t manage to maintain your natural grass, NS Landscaping is here for you.

2) Improves air quality

Here at NS Landscaping, we view natural grass as a way to improve air quality. It aids in trapping carbon dioxide whilst producing oxygen. As a result, soil breaks down any pollutant in the air.

Cons

1) High upkeep cost

Though artificial grass also requires upkeep, the one for natural grass is a little bit higher. If neglected, natural lawns can lose their value.

2) Easily damaged by weather and environment

Different from artificial grass, weather and environment easily damage the great look of natural grass. During winter or summer, for example, grass can die or turn brown. Failure to take great care, the grass can decrease your home’s value, produce fungus and attract pests.

Artificial Grass

small grass leaves green texture

Pros

1) Long-lasting savings

Once installed, you don’t have to maintain artificial grass every month. Better still, you eliminate the need for watering, mowing or fertiliser. As in, you won’t waste your time or money on frequent maintenance like natural grass.

2) Unparalleled life expectancy

Natural grass cannot withstand harsh environment like artificial one. This means the look for artificial grass will not turn to yellow or brown. Instead, the blades will retain their attractiveness suppleness and softness all through.

Cons

1) High initial cost

Though artificial grass doesn’t require high monthly maintenance, its initial purchase cost is high. You have to pay for the installation, sod, the grass itself and consultation. The price depends on the space size.

2) Retains more heat than natural grass

Artificial grass gets very hot as it absorbs lots of heat. At least natural grass retains water, which helps it reduce heat and retain moisture. So, you should spray your synthetic grass with water to alleviate the heat.

Whether it is natural grass or artificial, the choice is yours. What do you prioritise the most in the short-term and long-term? If you are still unsure, let us help you! We can point you in the right decision after listening and discussing to you about your situation. At NS Landscaping, we know what is best for our clients and work with any landscape to create a beautiful area.

For a free consultation and quote, simply call us on 0412 614 133. We can help you with your custom landscape designs and installations. Our experts can help guide you to a perfect garden yard.