Real Grass vs Artificial Grass: Which is best for your garden?

One of the most frequently asked questions we hear from clients is the choice between real grass vs artificial grass. In Britain, we love our lawns, and choosing the right grass for your garden is an important decision that can significantly impact the look and feel of your outdoor space. So, it’s important to get it right.

In this article, we’ll weigh up the pros and cons of natural grass and artificial turf to help you make an informed decision.

Artificial grass in a small area
Artificial lawn in a modern landscaping scheme

Synthetic grass lawns can look very attractive within small design schemes like these. 

Benefits of Real Grass

Grass has been shown to be up to 30 degrees cooler than other options like paving and artificial turf, which makes it a good choice for hot climates and south-facing gardens which get too hot during the summer. Grass also provides a natural habitat for insects and animals, helping to promote biodiversity in your garden.

Benefits of Artificial Grass

Artificial grass is a durable option that can withstand heavy foot traffic, making it ideal for high-use areas. It’s also a good choice for those with allergies, as it doesn’t produce pollen or other allergens like natural grass can. However, it can get hot in direct sunlight, making it uncomfortable to walk on, especially for pets.

Another advantage of artificial turf is that it can be laid on a steep slope, where maintenance of natural grass might cause a problem.

Cost and Aesthetics

When deciding between grass and artificial turf, cost and aesthetics are also important factors to consider. Synthetic turf has a higher upfront cost. However, it can be more cost-effective in the long run as it requires less maintenance and doesn’t need to be replaced as often as natural grass.

As far as aesthetics go, some people prefer the natural look of grass, while others may prefer the uniform appearance of artificial turf.

Real lawn of natural grass
Natural turf in a large rear garden

Natural grass lawns fit well within larger landscaping schemes but require regular care and maintenance to look their best.

Maintenance

Grass requires regular watering, mowing, and fertilising to stay healthy and look its best, which can be a time-consuming and costly process. Artificial turf requires minimal maintenance, but it needs to be brushed, cleaned, and raked regularly, and weeds grow around the edges and joints. Additionally, damaged or worn-down artificial turf may need to be replaced.

Health and Environmental Impacts

Natural grass has environmental benefits, including absorbing carbon dioxide and releasing oxygen, but maintaining a grass lawn can sometimes require chemicals that can harm the environment and human health.

On the other hand, artificial turf is regarded by some as an eco-friendly option because it eliminates the need for watering, reducing the strain on local resources. However, it’s made from synthetic materials that cannot be recycled.

Durability and Lifespan

Grass has a natural lifespan, but pests or harsh weather conditions can damage it. Artificial turf is more durable and can last up to 20 years, but it can be damaged by heavy objects or intense heat.

Natural turf in a large garden

Choosing the Right Lawn for Your Garden

Ultimately, the decision between natural grass and artificial turf comes down to personal preferences, budget, and lifestyle.

We think using artificial turf in a small garden makes sense if you want a very low-maintenance scheme. However, artificial turf doesn’t look right in a larger garden unless you buy the top-of-the-range premium types, which can be very costly.

By considering the pros and cons of each option, we hope you can make an informed decision that will help you create the perfect lawn for your garden.