Synthetic turf has become very popular in recent years. According to The Guardian, it has expanded to over $2 billion per year in sales as of 2019. Artificial turf consists of plastic-based synthetic blades that look identical to natural grass. It’s also known as artificial grass or synthetic grass. Although natural grass still has a lot going for it, turf provides a lot of unique pros as well. Before you decide whether real grass or turf is better, let’s examine each option more closely. Turf and real grass look similar, but they’re distinct from one another in many ways.
Turf: Does not require irrigation.
Real grass: Needs regular watering. During hot Arizona summers, you may need to water in the morning as well as in the evening. Watering your grass lawn can take anywhere from 10 minutes to an hour depending on weather conditions and the size of your lawn. Due to the mineral content in the water supply, regular maintenance of sprinkler systems is necessary.
Turf: Doesn’t need to be mowed.
Real grass: Needs regular mowing. This will require a lawnmower and take time and energy if mowing yourself. If you hire landscapers, this will increase your monthly bills, particularly if you have a large lawn.
Turf: Doesn’t have soil, so no need to worry about your children or pets getting dirty. Doesn’t need any chemicals to maintain, making it safe for you, your children, and your pets to play on. Can heat up during hot days, making it less fun for kids and pets to play on. Doesn’t attract pests like ticks.
Real grass: Needs chemicals like pesticides, weed killers, and artificial fertilizers to maintain quality and growth. Welcome to the world of insects! Biting ants, ticks, and other creepy crawlies.
Turf: Around 10 to 15 years under Arizona’s bright sun, if properly cared for. The life span will also depend on the quality of the material, but once the turf wears out, you won’t be able to restore it. An artificial lawn will be a discolored, unusable piece of plastic once it’s done for, and you’ll have to remove and replace it.
Real grass: Can last as long as you want it to, since you can always re-seed a real lawn.
Turf: Up-front costs are higher, but you’ll spend less money over the years since maintenance is simpler and less costly.
Real grass: Up-front costs are lower, but you’ll spend more over the years on maintenance, particularly on irrigation systems, mowing, and fertilizing.
We love our new grassy yard! The crew at Quality Turf did an AMAZING job. It feels so good to look outside and see green instead of our previous dirt patch. Thanks so much for making our yard livable!
We hired Quality Turf based on a recommendation from a friend. We were really impressed by the level of service they provided. They communicated well and did an outstanding job all the way around.
Thank you QT! I have 3 Pomeranians. I wanted to provide them with an area that was easy on their paws. I also preferred turf due to the fact that the pups would get wet after watering the lawn.
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