Real turf vs artificial grass – what you need to know

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Both artificial grass and real turf are popular landscaping options. Each offer their own, unique benefits and drawbacks. In this article we explore the pros and cons of each, helping you to decide on the best choice for your garden.

Real Turf vs. Artificial Grass – Children and Pets

Kids

A well cared for, real lawn will reward you with its luscious green beauty, but a poorly maintained lawn will only make your garden look unkempt. Vibrant, real lawns are beautiful to look at and comfortable to lounge on.

As a living plant, real grass moderates its own temperature, making it comfortable to lounge on during hot summer days.

Artificial grass on the other hand can sometimes get a little too hot to lie on or walk on with bare feet.

However, if your kids enjoy playing in the paddling pool or running through the sprinkler when it’s hot, one drawback of real grass could be that they become covered in mud and grass blades.

Artificial grass on the other hand won’t become muddy when wet, and kids can happily jump in and out of the pool without it becoming filled with grass.

Both artificial grass and turf are suitable for outdoor play equipment. Artificial grass won’t become discoloured or die back under the load of the equipment, but may not provide as much of a soft landing as real turf.

Also, as artificial turf is essentially an outdoor carpet, it is possible to cause friction burns, so it is best to lay play mats over landing areas such as the bottom of a slide.

Artificial grass is also a great option for kids who are allergic to grass pollen.

Pets

Pets can wreck havoc on natural lawns. Pet urination can cause spots of discolouration and patchiness, and dogs that like to dig can quickly turn a fresh green landscape into an unsightly and hazardous one.

Artificial grass may be a better choice if you have a pet that likes to dig, or mark their territory across the lawn.

On the other hand, artificial grass may not be suitable for puppies who enjoy chewing and tearing things, as they may see the grass (especially long grass) as something they can freely pull and tear at.

Cats may also not be the best pets to have around artificial grass, as some could use it like a scratching post, which will eventually wear away the synthetic material.

Artificial grass – Children and Pets

Pros

– Mud and mess free – won’t cause grass stains or blades of grass to enter paddling pool
– Great for kids with grass pollen allergies or hay fever
– Play equipment and pet urination won’t…
 
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