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Should I Buy Artificial Grass or Real Grass for My Home?:

Know what is best for your home
By Expert Tips
Date: May 09 2016
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Have you recently introduced your child to garden based activities? As their enthusiasm for playing in the garden grows perhaps you are beginning to wonder what the best garden environment is for them.
A big part of garden is the lawn! So deciding between artificial or real grass can be a tricky decision.
Australian Outdoor Living Artificial Grass is designed for Australian conditions and is one of the most realistic artificial grasses you will find! This means you don’t have to give up hope of having the best of both worlds (grass wise at least).
Real Grass Is Initially Cheaper
There are no initial installation fees involved with real grass, however that doesn’t mean you’ll already have a lush cover of grass on your backyard. To grow a nice lawn, you will need to make sure you install sprinklers, regularly fertilise and mow your lawn.
All these maintenance costs certainly add up over time.
Artificial Grass Pays Off
You could be thinking why choose artificial grass when you have to pay for all the installation fees? Although there’s initially a bigger investment required in getting artificial grass it can pay off in the long run. Imagine all the money you’ll save on fertiliser, sprinklers and all other costs involved in maintaining a real
Real Grass Is High Maintenance
Real grass can be difficult to maintain in the Australian climate. In summer, natural grass will require a significant amount of water to stop it from drying out and becoming brown and crispy.
If you’re busy running after your kids it can be hard to find the time to water your garden enough. You will also have to make the time to fertilise and mow your grass to make sure it’s kept in tip top shape.
Artificial Grass Is Low Maintenance
The bonus of artificial grass is that it’s low maintenance and doesn’t require mowing, fertilising or watering (unless you feel like giving it a clean).
A little extra for mums: artificial grass is mud free which means you won’t have to spend time scrubbing your child’s muddy footprints off the kitchen floor.
As the grass will stay in top condition it will make a safe surface for your children to play on across all seasons.
Eco- Friendly
Real Grass Is Not as Eco-Friendly as You Think
Real lawns are often over watered and fertilised, and covered with pesticides. It’s important to think about the effect pesticides might have when you have children. Pesticides used on real grass make their way deep into the ground and water sources over time.
These products are used to kill weeds and keep grass looking it’s best but when they contaminate your water sources they can bring harm to other plants, animals and your family. These chemicals can tend to bring out allergies and cause other bad reactions.
Artificial Grass Is Eco-Friendly
The good news is that artificial grass is actually eco-friendly and there’s no need to use chemicals for its upkeep.
One the bonuses of artificial grass is that you don’t have to fertilise or water it excessively. As we all know, saving water is beneficial to the environment. There’s certainly better things to use water for than watering your garden.
If you have sweaty children running about the lawn playing sports, the question of hygiene will arise with artificial grass as it has no natural mechanisms for cleaning and renewing like real grass does. Luckily, these days many artificial grasses have antimicrobial components.
So, although real lawns can look amazing when they’re well maintained, the upkeep can be time consuming. If you would rather spend that time with your children, artificial grass is a low maintenance, cost effective alternative.
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