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Natural Versus Artificial Turf: Which Should You Choose?

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12/09/2020
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A well-manicured garden will elevate the overall appearance of your property especially when it’s a lush and emerald-green lawn. Other than its visual aesthetics, the lawn is considered as one of the most important areas in your residence since it also serves as a guest’s lounge or children’s playground.

However, lawn care requires dedication and a deep wallet of cash. Additionally, when you want to achieve a lush and polished green lawn, it takes more than regular mowing and physical effort. But, with the emergence of advanced technology, owning a fancy and manicured lawn is possible even without spending all of your savings. Technology can now allow you to choose between artificial turf over natural grass.

But, the real questions are, what are the differences between them and which one is better? NS Landscaping will help you decide which suits your lawn better.

Natural Grass or Artificial Turf: Which one is best for your lawn?

Whether you choose natural grass or artificial turf, both type of grass can either help or hurt the environment. Moreover, NS Landscaping is here to help you weigh your options. Find out which has the most beneficial factors that you can take advantage of while keeping the  surrounding environment safe and healthy.

Artificial Grass

Artificial grass is composed of synthetic fibres to make it nearly similar to natural grass. It has a lifespan that lasts up to 25 years and it’s originally manufactured for sporting surfaces. Due to its practical and eco-friendly benefits, its popularity extended to lawn and other landscaping services. But, let us also consider that not all synthetic grass is created equal. Learn what are the advantages and disadvantages of artificial grass and find out what works for you.

Benefits with artificial grass

  • Eco-friendly. Artificial grass requires less to no water and without sacrificing aesthetic standards. It’s not only budget-friendly but it’s also eco-friendly
  • Low maintenance. Artificial grass doesn’t require regular edging, fertilising and mowing thus saves you a lot of money. All you need to do is remove any debris regularly to keep its pristine condition.
  • Non-allergenic. Synthetic turf is good for people suffering from insect or grass allergies.
  • No chemical residues. Unlike natural grass, you don’t need chemicals and pesticides with artificial grass.
  • Child and pet-friendly. Synthetic grass is free from pesticides and other chemicals. 
  • Durable. Since it’s made up similar to a carpet, the latex keeps it from pet and moles digging through it. 

Disadvantages with artificial grass

  • Artificial grass holds more heat than natural grass. 
  • Synthetic grass melts under intense heat
  • There are certain types of infill that build-up odour if left unattended which will fester later on.
  • One of the most common concerns with synthetic grass is the toxic run-off which is potentially harmful to pets, your family or the environment.
  • Artificial grass costs quite a bit higher over the natural seeded lawn
  • Discourage local wildlife and can’t be recycled

Natural Grass

Keeping your natural grass well-manicured takes a lot of persistence and time since it requires regular upkeep such as edging, mowing, watering, etc. Also, you need to provide nutrients to your natural grass to keep its lush and emerald-green condition. Despite its numerous concerns regarding the cost in maintenance, natural grass has exceptional benefits that far exceeded the artificial grass.

Benefits with natural grass

  • Environmental impact. Natural grass contributes to our ecosystem by filtering pollution, supplying oxygen and absorbs heat.
  • Purifies the air. A natural grass improves the quality of air by breaking down airborne pollutants in the soil.
  • Easy installation and less expensive. You can even grow it yourself without the help of an expert.

Disadvantages with natural grass

  • Not as durable as the artificial grass 
  • Requires a lot of effort when it comes to lawn care and maintenance such as fertilising, edging, mowing, etc.
  • Regular maintenance can be expensive such as watering

Trusted Lawn Care Service Provider in Sydney

Keep your emerald-green lawn polished, vibrant and healthy at all times. Entrust the overall lawn maintenance to a reliable expert of lawn care services provider in NSW. NS Landscaping provides solutions to all your landscaping services need whether it’s natural or artificial grass, we can give you the best and affordable lawn care solutions. Connect with our friendly staff and we will help you all throughout the process. 

NS Landscaping provides a range of residential garden services, tree lopping and landscaping services in Sydney. Call us today at 0412 614 133 and get your lawn well-manicured by NS Landscaping in Sydney. We guarantee you topnotch and quality workmanship from our team of a skilled arborist in Sydney. 

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.

The NS Turfing Laying Process

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NS landscaping will supply and lay your new turf. Our committed team of landscapers will help you select the right turf for your landscaping project. When deciding which grass is best suited for your lawn we will take into thought things such as soil types, water availability, and budget provided.

Before laying the turf our landscapers must spend time on ground preparation, the amount of sun and shade that the area receives during the day. These can limit your choice of turf due to some turfs needing sunlight and some needing shade, soil types. Soil depth and quality will affect the growth and quality of your turf, the area type. High traffic areas i.e.; children or animals. Visual appeal.

Do you prefer lush thick green lawn, or a thinly manicured lawn and the amount of maintenance you are willing to put into your lawn. Some lawns require a lot more maintenance than others.

Groundwork / Soil Preparation

  • If you are replacing existing turf, you will need to have removed the existing turf by either bobcat or spray with roundup and wait for a period of 14 days for all to die off, then remove.
  • Next clear the site of all debris i.e. Sticks, rocks etc.
  • Remember, it is worth taking the extra time for correct site preparation to ensure you achieve the best results.
  • Soil Purchase: A good quality landscape yard can help you, just remember you want the soil to be weed free and of a high quality (sandy loam is a good choice as it retains moisture).
  • To calculate the measurement of soil required, multiply the total square metres by the depth of soil you would like, for example, soil depth is 15mm (0.15 x total square metres + cubic metres required).

Levelling

  • Spread top soil out using a rake (a wheelbarrow & shovel will be handy if moving large amounts of soil around) across the area which you intend on turfing, to a minimum depth of 100mm.
  • Eliminate any future drainage problems by ensuring that the soil slopes away from any housing foundations or pathways.
  • Smooth the soil, ensure you have a flat even surface with no debris, we recommend you hire a roller or plate compactor, this will ensure you have a flat, smooth surface.
  • Be sure to keep your soil about 2-3cm below footpaths or driveways as your new lawn needs to be laid on top (typically the rolls are 25mm in height)
  • Heavily water the prepared area, this will settle the soil and provide a moist base for your turf.

Installation

  • It is important that you install your lawn immediately upon delivery (Instant turf is a living plant that requires ground contact & moisture to survive).
  • Run you irrigation prior to laying, so that the ‘bed’ is damp. Therefore, levelling should be completed prior to delivery.
  • Begin laying turf along the longest straight line, such as a driveway or path. Butt & push edges and ends against each other tightly, without stretching, avoiding gaps or overlaps.
  • Stagger the joints in each row in a brick-like fashion using a shovel to trim corners etc (avoid leaving small strips at outer edges, as they will not retain moisture).
  • On slopes, avoid walking or kneeling on the turf as much as you can, whilst it is being installed or just after watering.
  • Once installed, roll or compact the entire turfed area, this will improve the turf/soil contact and remove any unwanted air pockets. Hiring a water roller or brick paving compactor is highly recommended.
  • Water your newly laid turf with at least 25mm of water and check that the water has seeped through the turf and into the soil below.

Most common turf: Soft leaf buffalo grass

Sir Walter is a true soft leaf Buffalo grass, which when mowed regularly and properly, and when good lawn care practices are followed, can produce a beautiful looking soft leaf Buffalo lawn. Sir Walter has a wide leaf blade which is characteristic of most other Buffalo grass types and is a high-quality soft leaf Buffalo grass. The best quality characteristics for Sir Walter are its excellent winter colour when grown in either partial shade or full sun, excellent drought tolerance (during drought conditions), good wear and tear tolerance, and good thatch ratings.

The best lawn results will be gained when mowing Sir Walter at a height of between 35 and 60 mm.

For more about our turf laying services or for a free quote, simply call us today on 0412 614 133.