Artificial Grass vs. Natural Grass: A Comparison of Pros and Cons

Artificial and synthetic grass is becoming more popular every year. It is especially suitable for homes in colder climates and areas with strict water conservation. It also requires less time and effort to maintain. However, natural grass also has its charm, so what tradeoffs do you get?

Artificial Grass Pros and Cons


  • All Weather

Artificial grass remains green all year long. Whatever weather hits your property, like rain, wind, or snow, it will never lose its fresh green pigment. Most synthetic grass also drains very well after heavy rain or snow, so there is no need to worry about potential flooding or standing water on the lawn. 

  • Extensive Use

Synthetic grass can be used in many different ways and other places. It looks beautiful in a garden, but it can also be added to decks, poolsides, playgrounds, terraces, balconies, and even offices and other indoor spaces. Artificial turf is exceptionally adaptable and can add a unique style and aesthetic to a home, inside and out.

  • Kid and Pet Friendly

While some concerns involving artificial grass include harmful substances and chemicals used to create it, most modern varieties of synthetic grass don’t have them. There are even some that are anti-bacterial so that they can prevent the spread of germs and bacteria. It also prevents children from tracking mud and dirt into the home. Since the grass isn’t natural, it also doesn’t require harmful pesticides and insecticides to maintain and keep healthy.

  • Cost-Effective

Artificial turf lasts a long time, even after it is used extensively. Whether your home hosts gatherings often or you have little ones that play outside often, artificial turf can withstand lots of foot traffic. Since it doesn’t require a lot of maintenance like mowing, weeding, and other chores, it will save a lot of money that would otherwise be spent on those supplies and tools. Overall, synthetic grass will ultimately save you money, even if the initial cost is pricey.


  • Initial Cost

Upfront, installing artificial grass is a large project that can dent the wallet. To get the best results, homeowners tend to pay for the installation and turf. The cost can be huge, depending on the amount of artificial grass you want to install. Fortunately, some companies offer free consultations and evaluations before installation. 

  • Absorbs Heat

Since artificial grass isn’t natural, it absorbs much more heat than real grass. Fortunately, while synthetic turf does get hot, it usually doesn’t leave any burns when people step on it. However, that doesn’t make it any less uncomfortable walking on it. Try looking into ways to cool artificial turf down so it can be used more on hotter days.

Natural Grass Pros and Cons


  • Natural and Fresh Air

Just like trees, grass helps absorb carbon dioxide and produce oxygen. This will help improve the atmosphere of a home and property. It can also purify dust and dirt lingering in the air, and microbes in the soil can break down pollutants, making the yard fresher.

  • Potentially Last Forever

Grass can last for a long time. However, you put in the effort to maintain it. You receive what you invest in a natural grass lawn, including mowing, weeding, fertilizing, etc. However, owning an authentic, natural grass lawn and garden can be a beautiful part of the property if enough effort is put into it.


  • Not Durable

Depending on the amount of foot traffic, natural grass can’t withstand large amounts of activities. So it won’t last long if there is a lot of play among children and pets or with gatherings and activities among friends and neighbors.

  • Can Be Unattractive

Since natural grass is real, it will fall victim to the weather and surrounding environment. Therefore, you must expect periods where the grass will become yellow and die as the weather changes to something unsuitable for greenery. This can significantly damage the value of a home if it is not well maintained and attract pests, weeds, and fungus.

Which Should You Choose?

Ultimately, it comes down to preference and how much work you want to put into maintaining the lawn. Natural grass should be the ultimate investment if you enjoy gardening and working with the lawn. However, artificial turf should be your go-to if you prefer minimal work and a yard that can easily look green year-round. You should also consider artificial turf if you live in an area that is restrictive with water or has a high chance of developing drought. Both natural and artificial grass have their strengths and weaknesses, and both can make your yard look beautiful if you pick the choice best for you. 

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Contact Husky Pavers and begin your next project today, whether a small addition or a complete renovation. Whether designing the structure, procuring the materials, or providing expert installers, Husky Pavers has everything you need. Contact us today in Temecula and get started now.

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