At first, artificial turf can seem pretty attractive – after all, you don't need to worry about mowing the lawn or keeping it watered during the height of summer. However, artificial turf still comes with its fair share of drawbacks, and here are just five reasons to choose natural turf instead.
Artificial turf costs more than natural turf, so you're looking at a larger budget before you even consider the installation process. Most people think that artificial grass is simply rolled over the ground, but this isn't the case. The old turf will need to be dug up, then a layer of sand will need to be placed and leveled and a layer of rubber installed on which the artificial turf will lie. This all takes time and money.
If you're seriously thinking about laying down artificial turf, you should strongly consider how that decision will affect the environment. Artificial grass might save on water, but it's still a petroleum-based product that creates pollutants and uses natural resources during the manufacturing process. It is not biodegradable, so it's ultimately going to end up in a landfill. Natural grass avoids these problems while creating the very oxygen we need to breathe.
In theory, artificial grass can last for a very long time – in reality; it's unlikely to last as long as real grass. Though high-quality artificial lawns take a lot of wear and tear, they will eventually show signs of damage and need to be replaced. In contrast, real turf has the potential to last a lifetime and beyond since it can repair itself and recover from damage.
Unless your outside space has particularly steep grades, you should be able to lay natural turf across the whole thing to create a wide sweeping lawn. Unfortunately, you won't be so lucky when it comes to artificial turf. It's tricky to lay down the fake stuff over even the slightest slope because the sand used underneath will quickly migrate to the bottom of the incline.
5. Look and Feel
Finally, and perhaps most importantly, keep in mind that artificial grass still doesn't look and feel the same as natural grass. Granted, it has improved in the last few decades, but you'll still notice the difference when you gaze out over your lawn or walk across it with your shoes and socks off. Ultimately, natural just feels and looks better.