Whether you’re planning to install a new lawn or revamp an existing one, the question of whether to use real grass turf or artificial turf is bound to come up. Both options have their pros and cons, making it difficult for homeowners and lawn maintenance professionals alike to decide which one suits their needs best. While natural grass has been the go-to choice for centuries, synthetic turf has gained popularity in recent years. In this blog post, we’ll explore the differences between real turf grass and artificial turf, weigh their advantages and disadvantages, and help you make an informed decision about which one is right for your project.
Pros and Cons of Real Turf
Real turfed grass is a popular choice for many homeowners because of its many benefits, one being its natural appearance. Home marketing companies have statistically proven that well-maintained turfed and landscaped yards sell quicker and obtain higher sales than those that don’t.
But that’s not all! Turf is an excellent air filter, removing dust and dirt from the atmosphere. Plus, a 2,500 sq ft lawn releases enough oxygen for a family of four to breathe for a whole day! Turf also helps filter pollutants from runoff, controls erosion, and reduce traffic noise.
Real turf has few drawbacks. It requires maintenance as it needs regular mowing, watering, and fertilizing to keep it healthy and looking good. Real turf is susceptible to weather conditions such as extreme heat or cold temperatures which can cause damage or even kill the grass if not taken care of properly. Keeping on a timely maintenance schedule can help with these issues. Another tip to help; If you’re located in Kelowna, Kamloops, or Vernon, you can consider getting your turf from a Kelowna turf farm, Turf farms Kamloops/Vernon, or here at Lavington Turf Farm. Turfed grass from a local farm is likely to be adapted to the local climate and may require less maintenance than grass that has been shipped from other regions. Additionally, landscaping experts from these areas can offer you guidance on how to properly maintain your lawn in the region’s climate.
Pros and Cons of Artificial Turf
Artificial turf has gained popularity as an alternative to natural grass due to its low maintenance requirements. It doesn’t need watering, mowing, or fertilizing like real grass does. This can save both time and money for homeowners and businesses alike. However, one major drawback of artificial turf is that it doesn’t react well to heat. The synthetic material absorbs the sun’s rays and can become dangerously hot, making it uncomfortable for people and pets to walk on during the summer months. Speaking of pets, Cleaning your pet’s urine or feces can become a challenging task, often getting stuck to the material, creating a breeding ground for bacteria that may pose a risk for your children or grandchildren to play on. Contrary to popular belief, artificial turf requires some maintenance, and it is not entirely weed-free. Many people believe that synthetic grass eliminates the need to deal with weeds, but that is a misconception. Weeds can still grow through the turf’s cracks and seams and around the edges if given the opportunity. Another concern with artificial turf is that it is non-biodegradable, meaning that once it reaches the end of its lifespan (usually around 10-15 years), it will sit in landfills indefinitely instead of decomposing like natural materials would.
Which Option is Best for You?
When it comes to choosing between real turf and artificial turf for your lawn, there is no one-size-fits-all answer. It ultimately depends on your personal preferences and needs. However, if you prioritize a natural look and environmentally friendly option, then real turf is the way to go. Not only does it provide numerous benefits such as air purification and water filtration but it also adds value to your property in the long run. So why not get started with real turf today and enjoy all that a beautiful green lawn has to offer?
If you’re interested in real turf, or have questions, you can contact us directly over the phone at (1-250-549-2967) or you can fill out our contact form on our website here, and our staff can help assist you with all your needs. We provide availability for pick up or delivery that services the Okanagan (including Vernon, Kelowna, Penticton, Osoyoos, Sorrento, Salmon Arm), Thompson Okanagan (Kamloops) BC Interior, and all the way to the US border. You can learn more about us here too.
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