Artificial Grass and Synthetic Lawns are replacing natural grass more and more.

Many landscapes have a lawn but whether they should be artificial grass and synthetic lawns is somewhat of a battle between the synthetic lawn industry and the natural grass industry. Both types of grass provide a beautiful green carpet where we can play, have fun, walk barefoot and just admire a clean expanse of open space even its just a little patch of grass.

Some people moving into a new home insist on having a lawn. They may be from the part of the country where virtually everyone on the block has a large front and backyard lawn. Large lawns remind us of English country estates and landscape gardens.

The benefits are overwhelmingly in favor of artificial grass over natural grass primarily for three main reasons: no mowing, no watering and looks great all year around.

Benefits of using artificial grass and synthetic lawns compared to natural grass:

  • Looks Great Year Round – Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter
  • Never Mow Your Yard Again – Save Time and Energy
  • No watering – Water Your Flowers Instead
  • No Brown Patches or Dead Spots – Show off the best lawn on the block.
  • No Fertilizing, No Chemicals, No Overseeding
  • Nearly Zero Maintenance and all the Benefits of Real Grass
  • No Standing Water to Attract Insects
  • Safe For Pets and Kids – No Itching or Sneezing
  • Withstands the Arizona Summer Heat, High temperatures and Monsoons

Even the most challenging terrain can look like a lush oasis with artificial grass.

With today’s technology, synthetic lawns look and feel just like real grass. The fibers are designed to mimic real grass types including Bermuda, Fescue, Bluegrass and Rye. There are even some styles that have brownish thatch weaved into the fibers.

But would artificial grass be cost prohibitive compared to real natural grass? This is the most common question homeowners ask. After recalling all the time you spend mowing the lawn, fixing sprinklers and trying to deal with brown spots or problem areas, it is compelling to think of not having to worry about the maintenance with a new lawn.

So the question becomes, given the additional upfront cost, is it worth it over the long term? I say yes, if:

  • You insist on doing the maintenance yourself
  • But you are not an expert in how to keep it looking like a golf course
  • You would like to save water
  • You would rather spend your weekends with your family and not behind a lawnmower
  • You will be in the house for the next 5 years

Do you think your dogs won’t like fake grass over real grass? Think again. I personally have artificial grass and my dogs love it just like real grass.

If you have decided not to replace your lawn with artificial grass simply because you have pets, you may want to reconsider that decision. New materials have made artificial lawns possible in almost any situation, including households with pets. Even pet owners can enjoy the look of real grass, with the easy maintenance that comes with artificial grass. Phoenix is an ideal region for a synthetic lawn: it reduces water usage, eliminates maintenance, and stays green year-round.

Artificial grass has many benefits for pet owners. Your lawn has insects, soil bacteria, mold, fungus, and other particles that your pet tracks into your home. Muddy paws and dirty coats are also unavoidable when you have a natural lawn. These problems can be eliminated with synthetic lawns. If you are concerned about pet waste, you don’t have to think about it anymore. Liquid waste soaks through just like rainwater, and solid waste is removed just like on real grass. Artificial grass can be easily cleaned with a garden hose as well.

With artificial grass you will not have yellow spots from pet urine, and animals also cannot dig holes in the lawn. It provides a safe, clean outdoor area for your pets and a convenient, beautiful lawn for you.

Artificial grass is the perfect substitute for a real lawn when the area doesn’t have to be large enough to play catch, badminton or other activities that children would like to do on a lawn. It is also perfect for areas where narrow slivers of grass and odd shapes can be designed into a patio area such as a pattern using stepping stones. Real grass in these cases would be very timing consuming to mow and trim.

Artificial grass is good for hard to mow areas where over spray and edging would be a problem.

So if you’re not already convinced artificial grass is a good substitute for the real thing, check out this blog post I made on the environmental benefits of synthetic lawns compared to natural grass lawns.