Positives & Negatives of Synthetic Grass

In today’s whirlwind of grass and turfs, the popularity of synthetic grass and turfs is not a surprise. Think of it: with everyone struggling with busy lifestyles, it is easier to merely have a patch of grass that does not require constant maintenance.

 

While that is one of several positives of owning synthetic grass there are a few negatives that should be brought to life. Which is why we have broken down a thorough list of the positives and negatives of synthetic grass in the four major categories:

 

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Maintenance and Lifespan

Positives:

- No mowing or fertiliser is required.

- No irrigation is needed for growth, therefore there is no need for a heavy flow of water.

- Water is only required to clean and cool grass to maintain its look.

- Long-lasting lifespan. If properly watered and barring any incidents, synthetic grass can last up to 10 years untouched.

- Much more durable than natural grass, and can withstand heavy foot traffic (which is why it is used on sporting fields).

 

Negatives:

- Maintenance is required when external forces threaten the lifespan of the synthetic grass. This includes:

          – Debris including leaves, if not removed, can fester through the grass and become indebted. This will let to…

          – Algae and moss growing on top of the surface. This has to be cleaned effectively and immediately or it will damage

             the fibres of the grass.

          – Weeds still grows on synthetic grass. It is not as common as natural grass, but it still does happen and it is essential to 

             stop it before it spreads.

 

Appearance and Aesthetics

Positives:

- The overall and continual improvement of synthetic grass means that it provides a constant and year-round green grass look.

- An array of different “greens” means that whatever colour you are looking for, can be easily found.

 

Negatives:

- While it might look beautiful, synthetic grass does have any of natural grass’ realism.

- It feels plastic and fake compared to real grass.

- It does not have the natural elements of real grass, including the smell and aromas

- It is basically a carpet, which means that you can get scratches or grazes if you slide over it.

 

Financial Factors

Positives:

- Long term, synthetic grass is fantastic. As mentions it requires little maintenance therefore less money is needed to maintain its premium look.

 

Negatives:

- Depending on the quality of the product of the grass, and how much of what you want, will cost you. Installation fees are not usually cheap and can be quite expensive upon implemented.

- Unlike natural grass, which can be naturally repaired when damaged, synthetic grass cannot be repaired as easily. A patch of natural grass can be naturally grown back to its best, but a synthetic patch will need the whole turf to be ripped up.

 

Environment

Positives:

- No mowing means no fossil fuels and electrical waste

- Little water use means more water is conserved

- No chemicals or pesticides are needs, keeping the environment clean

 

Negatives:

- Synthetic grass is made from petro-chemicals, which means its uses virgin resources when it is created.

- Its production creates carbon emissions through its processing, transportation, disposals and destructions. Over the years this damages the environment as a whole.