To Turf or Not to Turf
Written By: Jaymi Naciri
Tuesday, April 9, 2019
Pro: No maintenance
You donrsquo;t need to mow artificial grass, or edge it or seed it or water it. Once you lay it down, yoursquo;re done.
Con: It can be expensive initially
Like putting in a brand-new lawn, laying down turf can be pricey. Yoursquo;re talking about a range of 8ndash;14 per square foot, and while you can definitely find some sales and deals, yoursquo;ll want to keep in mind that, in general, you get what you pay for. The good news is that you wonrsquo;t need to replace it or re-seed it.
Pro: It can last a long, long time
That means that, depending on how long you live in the home, it might pay for itself. ldquo;The life expectancy of artificial turf can be upwards of 25 years,rdquo; said Gardenista, ldquo;making it a less costly alternative to real turf over its life span.
Con: It might be against the rules
If you live in a community with a Homeownerrsquo;s Association HOA, be sure to get permission first. Turf is becoming more common and more in-demand, which is convincing more HOAs to approve its use; but that doesnrsquo;t mean itrsquo;s approved everywhere. In certain communities, the HOA directs which types of real grass can be used, and which canrsquo;t. You dont want to make a big investment in turf only to be told you have to rip it out and replace it with grass.
Pro: Itrsquo;s eco-friendly
The water savings element is huge if yoursquo;re looking to live a litter greener. And, ldquo;Some manufacturers use recycled materials, such as old tires or plastic bottles,rdquo; said Gardenista.
Con: But, it is not biodegradable.
So, yeah. Itrsquo;s still going to end up in a landfill some day.
Pro: Itrsquo;s pet-friendly
ldquo;The good news is that pet waste wonrsquo;t negatively impact your artificial grass, and turf is easy to clean,rdquo; said Purchase Green. ldquo;Tight, but permeable backing allows urine and fluids to drain. In fact, smaller sections are often used for designated pet potties. Just as these can be lifted to clean throughout, your artificial grass lawn can be enhanced with dog-friendly features for optimum absorption and draining.rdquo; There are also specific types of turf that are designed for animals.
Con: Itrsquo;s hot.
In fact, it can really get up there. ldquo;Real grass has a cooling effect when the air temperature is high. Artificial grass lacks this cooling quality,rdquo; said SFGATE. ldquo;The grass itself may become hotter than the air and can make the surrounding air feel hotter.rdquo;
Pro: Itrsquo;s great for shaded areas
Say goodbye to that patchy lawn.
Con: Itrsquo;s never going to be grass
If the the smell, look, and feel of real grass does it for you, turf probably wonrsquo;t. While some of the better offerings can do a pretty good job of fooling the eye and the foot, plastic is still plastic.
Pro: It looks great all year round
If you live in an area where the lawn is dormant in the winter, it may take some time getting used to seeing your lush, green faux lawn, even in negative temps. But, wersquo;re sure yoursquo;ll get there.
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