Whether you’re a homeowner or a business owner, finding the right way to make the outside of your property look picture perfect can be a challenge. No matter what you plan to do, the building you own requires a lot of attention both inside and out.
As you make your decision for how to lay everything out, several options should become apparent. If you are a true environmentalist, you may want to immediately reject the idea of artificial grass and instead consider the more natural options.
On the surface this may seem like a good idea, but aside from the fact that natural grass is real there are many good reasons to consider the alternative. In fact, after you look at all the evidence you might find that natural grass may not be the best option after all.
It’s More Cost Effective
One of the first things that synthetic grass has over natural grass is its cost. Yes, the initial outlay of cash is more expensive with a cost of around $5/square foot as opposed to buying natural turf at around $.60/square foot, but that’s where the savings stop.
When you factor in the cost of watering, fertilizing, and maintaining it over the next 25 years, you’ll find that natural grasses are far more expensive than the alternative. You also need to factor in the amount of time you will have to spend on upkeep and yard maintenance. A naturally grown yard is beautiful but it takes a great deal of dedication to make sure it stays that way.
Unless you have a very good skill at yard upkeep, natural grass yards require a lot of attention. We may think that they are naturally beautiful and we’d be right, but that doesn’t mean that the beauty comes easily. To get that perfectly manicured look, you’ll have to be in the yard at least two or three times a week to ensure its upkeep. Most people do not have a lot of excess time, and those that do, would rather spend it doing something more enjoyable then mowing, cutting, and trimming.
While artificial turf does require some type of maintenance, it will take much less time and money to do. If you have a large yard, you will probably need to hire a gardener to keep it looking nice whereas the minimal amount of work required with artificially made grasses can probably be done in just a few hours or so on the weekends.
Some may argue that plastic grass is not necessarily environmentally friendly, especially when they find that it is made from non-recyclable materials, but it actually is. In many areas where there is little rainfall to keep the ground sufficiently saturated on its own, it makes sense that conserving water is a smart choice. It is estimated that a homeowner uses up 55 gallons of water every year for every square foot of yard space you have. That is water that could be used for more important areas in your community, not to mention considering how much money you will save.
In addition, when you consider the natural composition of man made grasses, while the plastic fibers used to form the grass itself cannot be reused the rubber crumb backing or the sand used to give it weight can be used over and over again.
No matter what size of your property or what you plan to do with it, artificial grasses are becoming more popular every day. People are finding all kinds of uses for it including creating a natural looking environment for your children and pets to play, a nice surrounding for your swimming pool, and some people have even used synthetic grass for golf putting practice.
There are many good reasons why you might be thinking of using artificial turf around your home or business. Whether you are pro or con on the matter it can pay off in a big way if you take the time to seriously weigh out the benefits of using artificial fibers instead of natural ones. So, if you’re tired of the excessive work involved in maintaining your yard, or you’re sick of the high water bills it is a good idea to take a serious look at artificial grasses to see if the option might really be a good fit for you.