Artificial Grass Lawns – A Good Choice ?
Most home owners have considered, at some stage, either putting in natural lawn or artificial grass. Artificial grass, also commonly known as synthetic grass, astroturf or even “no-mow grass”, can be an excellent addition to any home.
This post provides some useful information about artificial grass, covering its benefits, uses and why you might consider installing this at your place.
First of all, let’s take a closer look at what artificial grass really is.
What is Artificial Grass?
Artificial grass is synthetic in that the grass turf or fibres (the lawn blades themselves) are made from nylon or polypropylene. This artificial turf is made to look and feel very much like a natural lawn with real grass. Originally sold by ChemGrass under the patented name of Astroturf, artificial grass has come a long way since.
Today’s artificial lawns come in a wide range of selections, which vary by manufacturer. This selection includes varying lengths of turf (known as pile height), the width of the grass fibres or “blades”, and also the density of the turf.
Premium ranges now also feature brown or naturally coloured fibres interspersed between the usual green fibres, adding a new level of naturalism to the turf.
Home owners generally love the convenience of artificial grass turfs, but are concerned that they would look and feel overly “fake”. The worst case scenario for any home owner is to install an artificial turf that feels like a carpet or a rug.
Fortunately, leading artificial lawn companies, such as Australian Outdoor Living, now feature a full artificial grass selection that is highly natural in both its look and feel.
Why Choose Artificial Grass?
The real challenge is to find an artificial lawn that looks natural. So the key is really to take your time to choose a type of artificial grass that looks and feel most natural.
Once you are able to zero in on the type of grass you want that looks most natural, the rest is easy. There are actually significantly more advantages to artificial lawns than natural or real lawns.
Let’s look at some of the key advantages to installing an artificial lawn.
Artificial grass does not require much maintenance. Unlike natural or real grass, that grows and needs to be trimmed and mowed regularly, artificial grass does not require any mowing. It doesn’t grow – it simply retains its original height and continues to look good all year round.
This saves a lot of time for home owners, which could be better spent enjoying the garden with their family, instead of maintaining it.
Artificial lawns are made from high durability materials that last for years. Unlike real grass, which is easily broken or torn, or a natural turf that gets soiled and muddy during heavy rains, artificial lawns stays clean even in wet weather.
Rain water (or any form of liquid) is efficiently drained from the artificial lawn through a multi-layered drainage system. So even in heavy rains, the artificial lawn remains fairly dry.
Artificial grass maintenance is also very simple. Just wash it down periodically with a garden hose, and let the water drain away naturally. That’s it. You don’t need to water it daily since it’s synthetic. And if your lawn happens to get stained (bird droppings, etc.), just wash off the affected section.
Given the busy lifestyles of most Australian home owners, artificial lawns really make a lot of sense for most households due to the minimal maintenance requirements.
Clean and Environmentally Friendly
Artificial lawns are great when it comes to maintaining a clean and hygienic home – with low maintenance. This is what we all want. A clean home that doesn’t take too much time in our day to maintain!
Artificial Grass is designed to not be easily soiled or stained. Most stains would wash away quickly with some rain, or a quick wash down with a garden hose.
In contrast, natural grass lawns could get soiled quite easily, retain undesirable stains and debris, and facilitate the growth of other organic contaminants. Although it’s always nice to have the real touch of nature, the hassle comes when natural lawns are poorly maintained and left unkempt.
Poorly maintained natural lawns can be a spawning ground for many undesirables, such as pests or rodents, dangerous insects, snakes and more. After all, it’s the great Australian outback we live in.
This is why, unless you intend to invest the time to look after and keep your natural lawn clean and neat, you may want to consider going with an artificial lawn.