Real Vs Synthetic Turf - The Battle Is On

A lot of synthetic grasses have come into the market in recent years, some of the look so realistic that it is hard to pick the difference until you're up close but which is right for you?

Applications For Synthetic Grasses

There are some excellent situations where synthetic grasses can be a good choice, but only if you can't get natural grass to grow i.e. roof tops, courtyards, balconies and terraces and heavily shaded areas, kids play areas, day care centres, tennis court and indoor sports pitches just to name a few.

Benefits of Synthetic Turf

  • No lawn mowing and maintenance
  • Aesthetic view - always green
  • No watering, weeding or fertilising
  • No irrigation
  • Hypo allergenic
  • Child and Pet Friendly
  • Natural Feel

Cons of Synthetic Turf

  • Heats up in summer, sometimes up to 3 times the local air temperature and will continue to release the heat after the sun has set
  • Needs water before and during play due to the overheating factor
  • Doesn't support any life but weeds may still establish due to dust and debris build up
  • Requires cleaning and sanitising and a limited life of 10 years
  • Expensive to dispose of if it needs to be replaced

Benefits of Real Turf

  • Supports many life forms
  • Comfortable to walk on even in hot temperatures
  • Supportive and safer to use when used as a playing field
  • Self Cleaning
  • Can be replaced at a low cost
  • Natural fire barrier, prevents soil erosion and filter water runoff
  • Damage from vehicles, pets or accidents can be easily repaired

Cons of Real Turf

  • Requires maintenance - mowing, watering, fertilising and weed control
  • Routine regular watering
  • Depending on the grass variety some can struggle with high wear and shade issues
  • Some lawns can grow into garden beds so edging is recommended

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