Have you ever considered opting for faux grass rather than real grass? And we don’t mean the cheap, plasticky stuff; we’re talking about the near-real looking, high end artificial turf.
There are pros and cons for both fake and real, but if your lusting after a perfectly groomed, perfectly green lawn year round with minimal effort, faux grass could be for you.
Advances in manufacturing have transformed the appearance of faux grass from a plastic-looking, uneven surface, to a perfectly pruned, perfectly green lawn. In fact, without touching it, you’d be hard pressed to distinguish the fake grass from the real, particularly if you go for a higher end product.
However, faux grass is plastic (polyethylene and silicone, to be exact) after all, so no matter how much you spend, it will never look identical to real grass. It will never grow like real grass does, nor will it interact with the environment in the same manner.
So, when it comes to the aesthetics of faux grass, you need to ask yourself what’s more important: being perfectly pruned and perfectly green, or looking natural?
When it comes to purchasing and installing faux grass, the cost can vary dramatically depending on the product you choose, and whether you opt for professional or DIY installation.
If you’re looking for a good quality faux grass that feels and looks as natural as possible, you will pay more. You also need to consider the type of backing, the stain resistance, and whether or not the faux grass is certified lead free.
Then comes installation. Some installations are too complex for DIY, and could require soil compaction and base excavation.
This may sound like a lot, but keep in mind faux grass should last much longer than real grass, up to 10 years. Plus, you won’t need to purchase grass seeds, a lawn mower, or fertiliser.
It’s widely believed that faux grass requires little to no maintenance. This simply isn’t the case. While it doesn’t require mowing or watering, it does require the following:
- General cleaning, such as removing leaves, about once per week. Leaves and other debris cannot be left on the faux grass for too long; if they start to rot, they could cause moss and algae to grown.
- Disinfection to remove stains. Most stains, such as spilt food and drink, can be cleaned with warm water and detergent. Others may require a more heavy-duty method.
- Weeding. Although weeds are not as common on faux grass as on natural grass, they do grow. Be sure to remove them right away to ensure they don’t spread.
One of the best things about faux grass is it does not require watering. So in terms of water usage in maintenance, faux grass is definitely superior.
That being said, in large areas you will need to have drainage systems installed by a professional to ensure rainwater water doesn’t pool and become dangerous. Also, specific types of maintenance require large amounts of water, such as cleaning and cooling.