When debating whether or not to invest in artificial turf for a lawn rather than keeping a grassy area, there are many factors to consider.
Environmental impact is of course one such factor. Studies have shown that using synthetic grass in small areas such as back gardens is often beneficial rather than harmful to the environment.
The energy and natural resources used to maintain a grass lawn impact negatively on the environment. Sprinklers and other irrigation systems use up precious water in the warm summer months, and weed-killers are liberally thrown around in an attempt to stop other plants marring the surface of our immaculate lawns. Most lawnmowers require petrol or electricity to power them, not to mention the added noise pollution.
Maintenance and practicality is another consideration, and here the artificial option wins hands down. Once laid, synthetic turf requires no care whatsoever. It provides a year-round green area that is never too wet for children to play on or too muddy to let the dog out. The image of a perfectly manicured lawn is maintained day in, day out, and there is no need to do anything to achieve it.
The biggest factor most people consider, however, is the cost. The initial payout to purchase the turf can seem quite off-putting, especially when people already have a grassy area for free. Appearances can be deceptive though – grass may seem to be free, but only before you consider how much it costs, year on year, to look after. Buying a lawn mower, using power to run the mower, investing in sprinkler systems, new grass seeds, weed-killers and more all add up over time. All these costs, and for a garden that becomes out of bounds for many months of the year.
A recent survey discovered that UK homeowners spend over £400 million every year on lawn-related paraphernalia. Artificial grass may cost more initially, but it has been proven to pay for itself in just two to three years. Once it has been purchased and laid, there are no other costs at all, ever.
Most artificial grass has an expected life-span of at least fifteen years, giving you twelve to thirteen years of completely cost-free lawn that looks and feels great. The money you save over these years can add up to thousands of pounds, and when you consider the fact that you will also accumulate hours and hours of extra free time that would have been spent maintaining a grass lawn, you know you’re onto a winner.
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