To use or not to use? Artificial grass can be a debatable subject. On one hand, it’s claimed to be more environmentally friendly than a traditional grass lawn, because it doesn’t require water, fertiliser or mowing. And with a variety of lengths, textures and colors to choose from, fake grass is getting closer in look and feel to the real thing. It does however require some initial investment which could make people a bit skeptical, so here are some definite ways of utilising artificial grass in your home that you won’t regret.
While you may go back and forth on installing synthetic grass over large areas of lawn, using it in smaller applications has some merit. Given its durability, artificial grass can be a real problem solver in high traffic areas of the garden, such as between walkway pavers or along driveway strips. Additionally, it can be used to add a touch of green to balconies and terraces where real grass would be difficult to water and maintain.
Add softness to a balcony:
Lush potted plants and the illusion of grass can transform an urban terrace into a garden. Artificial grass can be a great solution for balconies and rooftop gardens where it could be impractical to grow and maintain a living ground cover. An artificial turf rug set beneath the table looks soft and inviting for bare feet.
Give driveways some green:
A narrow strip that runs beneath where a car is parked can be tricky to plant. The soil is often compacted from the weight of cars and not connected to garden irrigation systems. To get the look of a lush ground cover without the water or maintenance, install a strip of artificial turf.
Set between pavers:
Ground covers growing between pavers soften the hardscape and act as a transition from paved areas to the surrounding garden. While this is a great look, it can be difficult to maintain with living grass since pavers get in the way of the path of a lawn mower. Artificial grass gives the same look without the need for mowing.
Use as a soft surface for play areas:
Artificial grass is tough enough to withstand heavy foot traffic but provides a cushy landing. Installed under a kids play area also acts as a landing pad that’s far softer than a deck or patio surface thus avoiding any major damage should the little ones take a fall.
Cover outdoor furniture:
This can be a great conversation starter when entertaining guests. Poufs and sofas covered in artificial grass not only give your outdoor area a cool and funky look but also help protect outdoor furniture from harsh weather.
Easy cleanup surface for pets:
Since artificial grass can easily be hosed down periodically, it makes it easy to clean up after pets.
Practice your favourite sport:
While sports can be enjoyable and a great hobby, it isn’t always easy to find a field to practice your pitch. Covering extra backyard space with artificial grass and converting it into a putting green, cricket or football pitch means you don’t have to look far for a quick game over after work or entertaining buddies over the weekend.