If you are trying to decide between installing synthetic turf or natural grass for your yard, there may be many questions you’re considering. You may ask yourself what will save you money in the long run? What will look best for your curb appeal? And, does climate play a role in your decision? More so, there are many similarities in texture, traction, and color to consider.
While many homeowners choose natural grass over synthetic turf, there are unexpected benefits that may not have been considered before making the final decision. From versatility to life expectancy, check out these 5 reasons why synthetic turf may be a better option over natural grass.
1. Synthetic turf has a long life expectancy
Synthetic turf is a reliable alternative to natural grass with a life expectancy of around 10-15 years due to its durability and ease of maintenance. Compared to natural grass, synthetic turf only requires minimal upkeep to keep it looking pristine year-round. Occasional brushing to get rid of dirt or leaves, raking fibers and periodic watering to remove any debris are just a few chores you will have to do to keep your yard beautiful. Strides within the turf industry have also made synthetic turf even more durable, potentially expanding its life even further.
2. It is adaptable to any climate
For areas with hotter climates such as Tucson, AZ or Las Vegas, NV, installing synthetic turf over natural grass is a wise investment to keep your yard in tip-top shape year-round. However, not many people know that turf is also sustainable in places like Spokane, WA or Sudbury, ON, which can accumulate plenty of snowfall during the winter months.
“Synthetic turf is a great option for almost any climate. Turf provides a clean, lush, natural-looking surface that’s practically maintenance-free for areas where natural grass won’t grow. It’s also a great option for colder climates where snow covers the ground for part of the year.” – Synthetic Turf International
3. Synthetic turf is versatile
Synthetic turf is a lightweight, easy to install product. Homeowners can use it for many purposes, such as vertical walls, walking paths in highly trafficked areas, landscaping around water features, or even for indoor spaces.
The most common uses for your home can include:
- Backyard playsets for kids
- Dog runs
- Walking strips around pools
- Turf privacy walls
- Backyard putting greens
- Backyard sports fields
- Home gyms
4. You can save money in the long-term
While the price of turf may cost more upfront compared to natural grass, not having to invest in utility costs to preserve it can save you money in the long run. Regular maintenance can be dramatically reduced by not having to use water, gas for your mower, electricity, or chemicals to maintain a lawn. This is a considerable perk during the summer months when grass tends to wilt and brown due to hot and dry weather.
5. Synthetic turf is environmentally friendly
One concern that many homeowners have is the impact natural grass has on the environment. Natural grass needs a constant water source, gas to mow, and fertilizer to keep it strong and healthy. All of these can increase your carbon footprint. Synthetic turf requires minimal maintenance and many manufacturers use recycled materials such as plastic bottles and old tires, making it an environmentally friendly option.
*Consult with a synthetic turf professional before attempting any turf related home improvements