Four Myths About Artificial Grass Debunked
Artificial grass is becoming increasingly popular but there are still many misconceptions surrounding it that holds people back from taking the plunge.
Among other benefits, fake lawns are low maintenance, safe for the whole family and aesthetically pleasing all year round. In this article, The Artificial Grass Group have debunked the 4 most common myths surrounding artificial lawns that just might sway you to get one yourself…
Artificial Grass is Expensive
For those looking solely at the initial up-front costs of artificial lawns it can seem expensive. But, anyone with a natural lawn will know how much it costs to keep it in check, especially when you factor kids and pets into the equation.
In the long run, artificial grass is extremely cost effective. Once installed you can wave bye bye to costly grass seed, fertilisers, sprinkler systems and weed killers you regularly needed to keep your natural lawn in shape.
Beyond a stiff brush and a splash of water on the odd occasion, an artificial lawn takes barely any maintenance whatsoever to keep it looking good. So, you can relegate lawn mowers and other pieces of gardening equipment to the shed – or better still sell them on!
The fact is that, yes, artificial lawns may look expensive on the face of it, but you will actually be saving money in the long run on water and maintenance costs. These savings can quickly see your artificial lawn paying for itself in just five years’ time.
If that’s not convincing enough, many fake grass products come with an extended warranty (ours is up to 10 years), so if something goes wrong you can get a professional installer to come out and take a look at it for you at no extra costs. That certainly beats spending an afternoon spreading grass seed on your natural lawn, doesn’t it?
Artificial Grass Looks Fake
A few years ago, you wouldn’t have been wrong with this statement, but leaps and bounds in technology have made most varieties of artificial lawn almost indistinguishable from the real thing.
With a wealth of different ranges to choose from, it’s entirely possible to pick an ultra-realistic fake grass product that has what’s known as a ‘thatch’ interwoven in to it. These are essentially brown fibres incorporated into the artificial turf that lend it a look not far removed from the real thing.
Not convinced? Many companies will offer you the opportunity to take advantage of free samples. We recommend you check this out first so you can see for yourself just how much fake grass products have improved in recent years.
Fake Grass Isn’t Safe For Kids Or Pets
This simply could not be further from the truth.
Kids and pets love artificial grass. In fact, sometimes they don’t even notice the difference.
Parents regularly find that fake lawns are a game changer for their household. The absence of mud even after the heaviest of rains means that they can get the kids outdoors on mild days without worrying about them making a mess or ruining the lawn. Not only that, but artificial lawns are flat and don’t develop potholes, so little ones are less likely to come a cropper when they’re practising their free kicks.
Finally, fake grass products are hypoallergenic, pest free and you don’t have to use any pesticides or fertilisers on them. So, kids can spend prolonged hours making good use of your outdoor space without fear of injury or harm.
Artificial Lawns Are Bad for The Environment
As a nation we are becoming more and more eco-friendly and conscious of how our actions impact on the environment. This is an admirable quality and one that artificial lawns actually support, unlike the myths would have you believe.
One of the eco-friendliest aspects of fake lawns it that they help you to reduce your water consumption significantly. Increasingly we are enjoying hotter, drier summers and this is adversely affecting our natural lawns. The only way to overcome drought conditions and revitalise your lawn is to water it constantly. Sometimes, this can mean leaving a hose on it for up to 3-4 hours per day – and even then, you need to keep a close eye on it to prevent the blistering heat from scalding the surface.
Another environmentally friendly feature of artificial lawns is that you never have to use a lawn mower on them. Gas powered lawnmowers guzzle fossil fuels increasing your carbon footprint no end. With artificial grass you can banish the mower and the hose in favour of relaxing on your fresh, well-kept lawn with a glass of something chilled, safe in the knowledge you’re doing your bit for the environment.
So, there they are, 4 of the most common myths about artificial grass thoroughly debunked.
There are a lot of things to consider when it comes to committing to an artificial lawn, but hopefully this article has helped to clear the waters somewhat. There’s a lot of choice out there, so do your research thoroughly and ask questions of the supplier you choose. The Artificial Grass Group have approved teams of dedicated professionals who are more than happy to talk you through the whole process, from different varieties and prices, right the way through to installation. So, if you’ve any questions, get in touch with them today.