It seems like lots of people are turning to artificial turf for backyard landscaping and athletic field footing these days but is it right for you? Before you tear up your lawn and roll out the turf, take a look at the good and the bad when it comes to artificial grass.
Pros of Artificial Turf
Artificial turf is popping up all over the place, from your next-door neighbor’s lawn to the turf on the community baseball fields. There are some good reasons for its popularity, including:
- It’s low-maintenance – no mowing, weeding, trimming, or fertilizing required with artificial grass
- It’s always green – whether you love a nice, green lawn year-round or an athletic field that looks great no matter the weather, artificial turf stays green
- Saves water – real grass requires massive amounts of water just to keep it alive, while turf is water-free
Cons of Artificial Turf
You can’t deny the increase in turf popularity, not just for sports and recreation spaces, but also for lawns and backyards. But it’s not without its drawbacks. They include:
- Cost – the initial installation of turf is expensive, averaging between $10 and $20 per square foot
- Heat – artificial turf can get extremely hot during the summer months, making it impossible to walk on barefoot and miserable to play on during the day
- Not eco-friendly – while turf can save water and fuel to maintain, it can negatively affect the biodiversity, including the natural water run-off
- It can be unsanitary- Without proper maintenance there can be a slight risk for infection. It can also possibly retain moisture which can hold harmful bacteria.
Instead of investing in costly artificial turf that may or may not meet your expectation, and that might just get too hot to enjoy, consider natural grass instead. The team at W.P. Law, Inc. can talk to you about the pros and cons of each when you contact them today.