With Spring almost upon us in Dublin, you may already be thinking about spending more time outdoors. Your lawn may be looking a little forlorn, as it has been battered by the winter. You may be thinking about landscaping your garden; you may even be considering laying artificial grass, for that year-round lawn that is very easy to maintain. While artificial grass has improved greatly over the last few years, appearing much more like natural grass, here are some of the pros and cons of artificial grass to help you make your decision.
The pros of artificial grass
The biggest advantage of artificial grass is that it’s designed to withstand the elements, so you don’t have to worry about your yard looking like a jungle in the winter or getting torn up by dogs running around on hot summer days. That way, you can enjoy its benefits year-round!
There are many ways that people use their gardens – some just want somewhere for their kids to play while others have elaborate gardens with lots of plants and flowers. Either way, the last thing anyone wants is having to spend hours maintaining their lawn every week just so that it looks nice enough for guests who visit from out of town (or even just family). With artificial grass there will be no more mowing or fertilising; instead all you need is some water now and then as well as keeping debris off its surface from time-to-time.
If owning pets means having more responsibilities than simply walking them outside once per day then consider installing artificial turf instead because pets won’t damage this kind of material by digging up your turf like they would a natural lawn.
Cons of artificial grass
When you install artificial grass, it will not last as long as natural grass. The lifespan of artificial turf is about 7-15 years, depending on how well you take care of it and how frequently you use it; however, most people report that their artificial lawns start to look worn after about five years or so.
Because they are manmade materials, there are fewer microbes and insects living in them than there would be in a natural ecosystem like a meadow or forest floor–this means that they don’t provide as much food for birds and other animals who rely on these things to survive (though some companies do add seeds to their products).
Despite the advances in technology, artificial lawns are less natural-looking than real lawns. There is no fresh grass smell, but if you are ok with the aesthetics, you can have a lawn that looks perfect all year round.
Artificial grass is a great alternative to natural grass but it is not natural looking and does not last as long. It costs a little more buy and lay, but you will save that money over time as you won’t have to drag the lawnmower out or pay for lawn care products. In the end, it all comes down to you, how busy you are and how low maintenance you want your lawn to be.
For all your landscaping needs in Dublin, from tree surgery, to patios, to laying an artificial lawn, get in contact with New Leaf and we’ll be happy to help.