Synthetic grass has been growing in popularity in the last years because people don’t have too much time for working in the garden, they live in a dry climate and don’t want to waste the water needed to keep it alive or they simply want their lawn to always look nice and tidy. Artificial grass has been around for some time now (since the 1960s, to be precise), but it used to be a sports thing only. Now, this low-maintenance alternative to a lawn may be encountered not only at stadiums but also in private gardens, balconies, playgrounds, pathways, staircases, and more. Here are some reasons why it’s so popular now and why it will still be trending in the future:
- It saves water and money
One of the main reasons why artificial grass is so trendy is the fact that it doesn’t need watering. Natural lawns, especially if you live in a climate when it doesn’t rain too often, require a lot of watering which may turn out to be costly at the end of the month.
- It saves time
It’s all about the looks – synthetic grass is always green and you don’t have to spend hours gardening to keep it this way. Some people like to get dirty and tired but those who don’t shouldn’t be deprived of the chance to have a nice lawn without hiring a gardener.
- It’s low-maintenance
You don’t have to mow it, as it’s not growing, and there’s no need to water it. Apart from that, you won’t pollute the air with your mower. The only situation when you will have to spend some time on it will be the cleaning time. It’s extremely easy and quick, though. To remove any bigger, organic materials, you can get a leaf blower or simply pick them up. You will only have to use some water to clean it from time to time, especially if you have a dog, but you will see when there’s a need for that.
- It’s free of pesticides and fertilizers
It’s not natural, hence it’s not growing so it doesn’t need any help to stay green and healthy. It’s not a friendly environment for any bugs, so you won’t have problems with pests. No chemicals mean that you will save money and do something good for the environment and your own help.
- It’s durable
Once it’s there, you don’t have to worry about your grass disappearing or getting seriously harmed. Artificial grass can last several years if there aren’t any major disasters. It’s designed and manufactured so that it can withstand different kinds of weather conditions and traffic. It also doesn’t need sun so you can have a lawn wherever you want, even in the deep shade.
- It’s weeds-free
Even the most enthusiastic gardeners hate weed control. You can fall all over yourself and you will still regularly notice weeds in your precious natural lawn. Getting rid of them takes both a lot of time and money, and it’s never permanent. Synthetic grass is not a real environment so there are smaller chances of anything growing there.
- It’s safer for kids
That’s why many institutions and local self-governments decide to use synthetic grass instead of a natural one – it doesn’t need any fertilizers or other chemicals, so it’s 100% safe for kids, whatever they’re playing. It’s not safe to eat it (we all know how children have to put everything in their mouths), but certainly safer than eating chemicals. It’s also proven that it actually reduces the risk of injuries – that’s why it works so well at football fields.
- It’s safer for dogs (and dog-proof)
It’s the perfect solution if you have a dog who loves to play outside (and all of them do). Many dogs get sick because they get so excited that they eat some grass which very often can be contaminated with chemicals; even if it’s not, it’s still not healthy to eat. Artificial grass doesn’t get eaten by any pets – they’re not interested in it – and they don’t dig holes there. And if they make a mess, you can get rid of it quickly with a little bit of water.
- It’s cleaner
There are less or even no by-products when it comes to synthetic grass, so the mud and the dirt won’t be scattered everywhere. No grass clippings or other debris can get inside your house or on your porch.
- It always looks good
Since artificial grass can withstand most weather conditions, there won’t be a situation when you go out some morning to see that your lawn is devastated. It looks just like the real lawn, but it stays green at all times. Even when there are many people walking in some areas, it will still need less maintenance than natural grass. It’s also more relaxing and soothing for people to see a green lawn even in the middle of the winter (providing there’s no snow). It can also boost your house’s value if you decide to sell it someday – it will look appealing at any times.
To sum up, synthetic grass solved a majority of the problems people had with their natural lawns. It’s low-maintenance, cheaper, good-looking and time-saving. It’s hard to be surprised that it’s still so popular, right?