Artificial Turf vs. Real Grass Guide 2022

Artificial Turf vs. Real Grass

When most people think of the perfect lawn, images of lush, green, manicured grass appear in their minds. There’s no thought of dry, brown, or dead grass or the cost of maintaining it. Certainly, no one thinks of the stereotypical plastic-looking artificial turf that was popular in the 1970s.

But what if artificial turf didn’t look like plastic grass? With the improvements in technology and design, lawns made with artificial turf look no different, or in some cases, better, than their living counterparts.

Benefits of Artificial Turf

A few posts ago, we showed a few of the benefits of installing artificial turf instead of natural grass.

Here are some of the key points:

  • Less water usage
  • Less maintenance
  • Longer lifespan
  • Less overall cost
  • Fewer bugs
  • Non-toxic
  • Recyclable

Compared to a natural lawn, especially for those who are more eco-conscious, an artificial turf lawn may be the best decision for a home owner’s lawn care needs.

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Styles of Artificial Turf

If a homeowner is looking for a more traditional-looking lawn, there are plenty of styles to consider when mimicking living grass. And while there are plenty of different options, here are a few popular styles of living grass that homeowners may choose and their artificial turf alternatives.

Ryegrass

This grass species grows mainly in the northern regions of the United States, particularly in more flat areas with more direct sunlight and little shade. Since it doesn’t pollinate like other types of grass, it can get patchy if not properly maintained. When it comes to lawn maintenance in San Diego, this means lots of watering and fertilizing. 

However, this style used as artificial turf gives a natural olive look to your lawn. This is good for those wanting a more traditional-looking lawn that still appears low maintenance. Some choices include Spring Rye 65 and Nature’s Sod Platinum.

Bermuda Grass

This grass tends to thrive in the southern regions of the United States. The benefit of this species is that it is drought resistant. However, that doesn’t mean it still doesn’t need at least an inch of water per week just to be able to thrive. If not, the grass can dry out and go brown very quickly, making it incredibly uncomfortable when walking on it with bare feet.

When properly maintained or as an artificial turf replacement, this lawn gives a bright green look that appears lush and full of life. Some artificial turf options include Eco Spring 80 and Natural Fusion Spring.

Bluegrass 

This grass species has become a pop culture phenomenon within the past few decades. However, despite its reputation, a living lawn with this species requires lots of maintenance. This kind of grass is popular in the northeastern United States. And while it looks amazing when meticulously maintained, it is also threatened by things like drought and disease.

However, that doesn’t mean that the options for artificial turf are any less abundant. Turf options for bluegrass include Bluegrass Light and Bluegrass Pro.

St. Augustine

This species tends to be the most hearty when it comes to natural grass options. The St. Augustine species tends to thrive in the southern region of the United States. However, despite its hearty nature, it’s still vulnerable to pests and tends to attract lots of weeds. If this kind of living lawn isn’t maintained properly, it can result in the grass turning yellow in patches. And while it doesn’t require as much water as other grass species, it still needs quite a bit each week to remain lush.

If a homeowner is looking for an artificial turf option for this type of lawn, styles like Vista Natural 80 and Vista Natural 65 should be considered.

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Choosing the Right Artificial Turf

A home deserves to have the best possible aesthetics available, including, and especially, the lawn. And not only should it look good, but it should also feel good, particularly if the homeowner has kids or pets that regularly like to play outside. 

When choosing that lawn, if the choice is to have living grass, then the options are limited by what species of grass will thrive in the region and how much water and fertilization it needs.

Artificial turf, on the other hand, can be installed, maintained, and enjoyed regardless of region. The cost of maintaining both is also remarkably lower when considering the entire lifespan of both. 

Your Artificial Turf Installation Pros

At Husky Pavers, our team of dedicated professionals can install your artificial turf to match the lawn of your dreams. Don’t wait! Contact us today for a consultation and a quote!

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