Artificial Grass Or Traditional Turf? 3 Factors To Consider

You love your yard. You do everything that you can to keep it looking great. Unfortunately, this takes up a lot of your time. If you want to maintain a beautiful yard, yet still have some quality time, you may want to consider a quality alternative that virtually eliminates yard maintenance and resembles lush natural grass: artificial turf. If you're not sure about artificial turf, here are a few things to consider when weighing the pros and cons of artificial grass with traditional turf:

1. Water Usage

According to the EPA, roughly 30 percent of a household's daily water use of 320 gallons is used outside. A lot of that water is used to water your lawn in order to keep it looking pretty, green and lush. Depending on your water rates, this could become costly over time. For example, a 100' x 100' yard in Mobile, Alabama would cost roughly $156 per month.

With artificial turf, you may have expenses upfront, but you will not have expensive continuing water costs. This allows you to save money and conserve water, while helping the environment and maintaining a healthy-looking lawn, regardless of the season or weather.

2. Allergies

One of the most common causes of many people's seasonal allergies is the one thing that they are almost always constantly touching when outside: the grass. Grass allergies can result in itchy eyes, runny noses, sneezing and coughing. The grass pollen tends to be worse on dry and windy days; when you eat certain foods (like peaches, tomatoes and celery); and when it is allowed to grow tall (unless it is a grass like Bermuda, which keeps its ability to release pollen regardless of its height). Your symptoms likely get worse when you mow the grass, so have someone else do it or wear a mask.

Or you could just opt for the alternative: artificial turf. With synthetic grass, you won't have to worry about those same seasonal allergies ever again. You will essentially eliminate the potential of any allergens, which will allow you to breathe much easier and avoid having to pop allergy pills every four hours throughout the day.

3. Pets

Dogs love to run around, and often in the same area of the lawn, which can cause the yard to look terrible. They also love to dig, which can leave big holes in the yard, and their urine often leaves hideous spots behind.

While your dog may not be able to dig holes any longer, the soft and natural feel that will be under his paws will probably make up for it. You won't have to worry about your dog tracking dirt and grass inside any longer or ugly urine spots throughout the yard that you can't get rid of. Fake grass will never require the use of fertilizers or pesticides, which can be toxic to your dog, yet it will still remain fresh-looking, vibrant green and durable. Plus, its durability will withstand various weather elements and heavy foot (paw) traffic.

If you would like to learn more about the pros and cons of artificial grass and traditional turf, contact a landscaper in your area.