Real lawn or artificial?

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Posted by jasdfgh | Posted in Design | Posted on 27-08-2013

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On to my second post and I have a bit of a dilemma! Should I have a real grass lawn or and artificial lawn? This has been bugging me all week so I though I may aswell write a post about the pro’s and con’s of each one and hopefully by the time I have finished I will have come to a decision as to which is best for my garden, and hopefully yours!

Ok, I have a pretty large area with a bit of curvature that I would like as my lawn. I have been doing a bit of research and here is what I have found.

Real grass lawn – There is nothing better than relaxing on a beautifully cut, lush green lawn in the middle of summer! I can just picture it now. The feel, the smell of outdoors and the softness under your feet. All sounds great doesn’t it? but we live in the real world and we all know that this scenerio will occure no more than a dozens times per year.

So here is my list of advantages and disadvantages to a real grass lawn:

 

Advantages

  • Relatively cheap, you can get turf quite easily
  • Looks great (when cut and maintained)
  • It’s natural
  • Hmmm, Im running out of ideas already!
  • It’s good for the kids to play on!

 

Disadvantages:

  • Grass needs cutting, especially in the summer
  • You will need to purchase a lawn mower
  • Becomes messy and untidy in the winter
  • Takes a lot of care and attention
  • Weeds grow within the lawn (nightmare)
  • Ruined very quickly with children running riot on there!
  • Dogs can dig it up
  • Creates messy feet when its wet and soggy
  • Come back off holiday and your garden looks like the amazon rain forest

 

It seems there disadvantages outweigh the advantages here!. This will lead us on nicely to the artificial lawns

I have been looking around latley and there are some great astro turm lawns available. They look so real its unbeliveable.

Artificial Turf?

Advantages:

Looks real, I mean really real!!

Drains well

Looks great

Looks great all year around, come wind, rain or whatever

No maintenance whatsoever (my favourite)

Child and pet friendly

No weeds grow through

No need to fork out for a lawn mower

Hard wearing

Does not get muddy

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disadvantages

Expensive. It can cost quite a bit for the good stuff

Doesn’t quite feel like real grass

You don’t get the fresh outdoor smell

 

Well, judging by what i have just come up with there is no comparison really. Artificial turf is amazing and I will definitely be getting one laid in my garden.

 

Different types of Artificial lawn!

Ok, There are actually a few different types of artificial turf. the first being what they call ‘Monofilament synthetic grass. Basically this means it’s height and width are equal. This type of grass requires the help of some special types of formulas like rock base. Next there is silt film or fibrillated synthetic grass. This is when each blade is thick, its like wide grass, similar to fescue or blue grass. Most types of artificial turf you buy are sand filled. you can get short or long pile, depending on your preferences. If using it in your garden then I would suggest a long pile, as the shorter stuff is very tuff and is used for football pitches!

I hope this article has helped and please feel free to leave a comment below!

 

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