In recent years, commercial artificial grass has shed its reputation as tacky, brittle and ugly and given natural lawn turf a run for its money as the covering of choice for back yards and sports pitches. The material’s durability, low maintenance requirements and ability to do away with many of the nagging issues presented by natural grass has given it a clout among home-owners and sports facility managers which it did not previously possess. Currently, it is almost as common to find pitches and back gardens covered with an artificial turf carpet as with natural grass.
Yet despite this increase in popularity and reputation, just as many people remain steadfast in their belief that commercial artificial grass will never live up to its natural counterpart, and that when in doubt between the two, natural turf will always win out. However, though prevalent, this argument is relatively easy to dispel, namely by pointing out certain situations in which commercial artificial grass is actually more beneficial than the natural variant would have been. The lines below detail three of these instances, and explain what exactly makes artificial turf more appropriate than its natural counterpart in each of them.
Natural grass, being natural, is prone to carry a number of allergenic agents and components, if not directly, then by association. Pollen, poison ivy, certain natural dusts and insect bites are only some of the potentially allergy-inducing elements surrounding a natural lawn, to say nothing of the grass blades themselves, which can often cause rashes or irritation to the skin.
As such, individuals who are easily prone to allergies might find that a commercial artificial grass carpet is much better suited for them, as unlike its natural counterpart, it poses absolutely no risk to their health. The vast majority, if not the totality of commercial artificial grass rolls available on the market are especially designed and treated to be completely hypoallergenic, and will therefore be completely safe for use by even the most sensitive of immune systems. Furthermore, many companies go to great lengths to ensure their artificial grass does not even cause the infamous ‘turf burn’, making this option even more adequate for people with allergies.
Struggle to Maintain
Not every home-owner will be able to tend after a natural back yard. Grass cutting, weeding, bug protection and repairing damage to the soil are only some of the issues the average natural lawn owner will be faced with, and these are not always feasible. Older home-owners, for example, or those who are often away from their property, might find that their lawns become unkempt, ugly and even dangerous if not tended to.
This is where commercial artificial grass asserts itself as the perfect alternative. The low maintenance levels this material has become known for make it perfect for individuals in the aforementioned situations, or who are otherwise unable to tend to their lawn on a regular basis. The fact that artificial turf is extremely durable and will stay verdant in the long run is only one more argument in favour of using it in situations where maintenance may be difficult or even impossible.
Pets and Children
The advantages of using commercial artificial grass in homes with pets and children have been extolled extensively elsewhere, but this instance warrants mentioning anyway. By doing away with many of the issues natural turf owners with pets or small children struggle with – mud and dirt, for instance, or the risk of damaging the lawn from digging or poking at it – commercial artificial grass makes a case for itself as the perfect covering for not only back gardens, but also dog runs and kennels or children’s play areas, beating out natural grass in this regard.
It is clear, then, that commercial artificial grass is not only a suitable replacement for natural turf in most situations, but can, in some, actually be more suitable than its ‘real’ counterpart!