For many people, the idea of anything artificial in their yard is just out of the question, but they may find that they are really missing out if they don’t at least consider it. Those who choose to reject it outright often have visions of the plastic stuff from the sixties floating around in their head. It looked plastic, it felt plastic and worst of all, it smelled like plastic. But many would be surprised at how much artificial grass has changed over the years.

The Look

One of the things that have changed is the appearance of the newer synthetics. That dark green fake looking stuff is long gone. There is now a wide variety of tones and hues to choose from, and many even include those natural looking brown fibers we often see in natural grass today.

When you’re ready to purchase artificial turf, you’ll have to decide on the color and the finish you want to see in your lawn. It may help to request to take a few samples home to make sure you’re getting a good fit so it blends in better with your natural environment.

The Cost

There is an old saying, you get what you pay for. So, when choosing the right grass for your lawn, make sure that you choose quality over price. The cheaper the grass is, the more artificial it will look.

This decision will depend largely on where you plan to put your new grass. You will want to have a higher quality and more real looking grass if you are going to use it as your primary lawn covering. However, if you’re only interested in using the synthetic grass for golf putting, you probably won’t mind getting by with the cheap stuff. The main idea here is that you have options. If you want to go back to the 50s of last century and buy that prickly, plastic smelling stuff, there is still plenty of it available, but most people want their yards to look natural and not like it came straight from a factory.

Environment

You also need to consider your environment when it comes to choosing which type of grass you want. If you live in an area where you have to deal with pests of any kind, synthetic grass can be an excellent choice.

With a natural lawn, you will always have to contend with birds, rodents, and other pests coming into your yard looking for sources of food and cover. But the synthetic material used in the artificial grasses does not perform in the same way as natural fibers. This allows it to serve as a deterrent to those pesky creatures.

If you have a problem with worms and other insects, most of these will go away with synthetic turf. These creatures tend to thrive in a real lawn with living and breathing things for them to feed on but not with any type of artificial fibers. Your fake grass will also not give off any type of cooling affect in the summer. In fact, you might even discover that it attracts heat, so if you’re planning on stretching out in the summer time you might want to rethink your decision.

Regardless of your reason for considering artificial turf, there are plenty of pros and cons to think about. While it is not for everyone, there are many good and practical reasons to consider how you can benefit, save money, and still get virtually the same conditions if not better than that of natural grass.

Of course, there will always be those who will choose the natural over the synthetic no matter what the conditions are but many people have come to not only know but to fall in love with the artificial stuff that can be used in both homes or offices. While it can be an expensive decision to make, the benefits will far outweigh the costs and without the additional cost of maintenance as you would have with any type of natural grasses, it will pay for itself within a few short years leaving you with many more years of pure enjoyment in your yard that you can take advantage of. Since the lawn is a very essential part of life in any home, it pays to make your decision wisely and choose a lawn you and your neighbors can be proud of.