Real Grass vs. Artificial Grass

Real Grass vs. Artificial Grass

While they may look similar, real grass and artificial grass have plenty of differences. They each have their pros and cons, so to help you decide we researched their advantages and disadvantages. 

You can use this guide to help you decide whether you need real grass or artificial grass.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Real Grass

Real grass is a great choice for your lawn for several reasons. 

One, it’s beneficial to the environment. It produces oxygen and captures carbon dioxide.

Well-maintained grass is also beneficial to plant and insect life which are integral to any type of garden or landscaping

Gardening is also a great physical and mental investment. Many people find that gardening practices help stimulate the muscles and the heart as well as reduce stress and depression.

Another great thing about real grass is that it’s much less expensive than procuring artificial grass. 

Meanwhile, real grass also poses several inconveniences. For one, taking care of real grass can be time-consuming. 

It’s much more difficult to maintain than artificial grass and requires many treatments to be practiced regularly. If you invest in real grass, you have to be ready to weed, fertilize, water, and mow them regularly.

You also need to be careful not to step on them or drive over them because some types of grass won’t survive pedestrians or traffic.

You also need to invest in gardening tools and a few specialized products to keep them healthy. However, if you’re fine with doing that amount of work real grass will definitely work out great for you.

Advantages and Disadvantages of Artificial Grass

Artificial grass is gaining popularity, and for good reasons. 

First on the list is the fact that you have no need to maintain them. Compared to real grass, artificial grass doesn’t need to be watered or mowed to stay healthy and green because it will stay green all year round. 

They’re also durable and withstand the use of pedestrians and traffic, so even if you step on them they won’t die. 

Another great thing about artificial grass is that it fits into any space. You also don’t need to plant them so even if you put them on concrete or your driveway they will blend in well.

Some people even put them on walls for aesthetics, and you have to admit they make for great wallpapers

Sadly, artificial grass tends to cost much more than real grass. They also often require professional installation.

Additionally, before laying artificial grass you often need to add underlayments or a sand base on uniform surfaces. Depending on the quality, your artificial grass may also have a limited lifespan.

Worst of all, artificial grass tends to be an obstacle to wildlife and the atmosphere.

Now that you know the pros and cons of both real grass and artificial grass, you’re ready to make an informed decision for your lawn. No matter which one works best for you, we hope our article has helped you come to a decision. 

If you need help maintaining your home, you can check out the Ultimate Maintenance Checklist: Edmonton Homeowners’ Edition to help you get started.