Artificial Lawn Cost or Natural Lawn Comparison
Artificial grass cost, no matter how big or small the investment, should be compared to the price of maintaining and caring for your natural lawn.
Its more than a dollar cost because as with so many things, there are hidden costs.
Here we will talk about a few and you can work out the real value of each to you and the best solution for your life.
The whole point of any garden and outdoor area is to create a something that beautifies your home and gives you an entertaining or relaxing area for friends and family. Doing this in a low cost, low maintenance way with natural grass has always been a juggling act.
Here’s a list of questions you should be asking yourself;
- how do water restrictions impact your life?
- who does the watering?
- who does the mowing?
- who does the weeding and pruning?
- who does the fertilizing?
Each of these has a cost, in time and money.
If you do each one, that’s your time away from other tasks. Streamline these using reticulation, a mowing service or gardener, who can do them for you and you have saved yourself a lot of time, but you have created a regular monthly cost to add to your household budget.
Until recently, this was the only real option. Unless you went away from the look of natural grass and used bricks, concrete or pavers instead, where your initial costs are high but one off.
Today, there is another real alternative; artificial grass.
Artificial grass costs have been reducing year after year. Synthetic grass manufacturers of domestic and imported products are constantly finding better ways of manufacturing a higher quality fake grass for less.
This makes artificial grass very competitive when comparing it with bricks, pavers and concrete but what about natural grass?
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Looking and Feeling Naturally
Synthetic grass will never have the smell of freshly mowed grass. Or feel underfoot like luxurious thick blades of natural grass.
But for most homes in Perth, most natural grass lawns isn’t like that anyway!
For the first year, natural grass looks like dirt as the grass lawn establishes itself, after that, especially in Perth, it struggles to stay alive, let alone green as the sun scorches the grass blades to yellow dry hay.
Bindi and ant infestations are a persistent hazard in natural grass and unless you regularly mow your grass, your grass and property will look neglected and an eye sore.
Australian manufactured grasses are superior artificial grasses designed for Australian conditions. It doesn’t fade, even in our harsh sun, and has been manufactured to to spring like real grass due to the thatching fibre tufted into the base like good carpet.
A rubber infill helps to duplicate the soft sponge feel of natural lawn. And it looks like this 99% of the time; without a team of gardeners, mowers and hedgers to maintain it.
Your lawn will be green all year, whether it rains or you are away.
High or Low Maintenance
For natural turf to look good all the time, it needs daily care and these days its rare to find anyone with that kind of spare time.
Our days are filled with work, family and household chores. Its a never ending catch-up. Want to do some exercise? Get up earlier or squeeze it in over lunch.
Making time to see friends or see a movie can mean juggling time to schedule it in.
Artificial grass is a winner because you only hose it down to get rid of dust; it never needs mowing, weeding or fertilising. You know that when you return from a few days away it won’t be brown, dead or need mowing.
Artificial turf is an environmental warrior when it comes to saving water and removing toxic weed killers and fertilisers from your garden, family, our drains and rivers.
In Perth, reducing your water usage is vital. Water restrictions particularly on garden usage is getting tighter each year. The penalties and cost of excess water is already very high and bound to go higher.
If you want a great looking natural lawn, you have to be willing to pay for excess water or install an expensive bore water system on your property.
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Artificial Grass Cost Effectiveness
Initially, the cost of installing natural grass is much less than artificial grass. A few seeds, a lot of care and even more water and within a few years you will have a great looking grass.
With artificial grass you go from zero to amazing turf instantly. You avoid the ugly-sister stage completely. You are paying for an instant result and a low maintenance care system.
You can add a combination of rocks, pavers or decking to reduce your grass area, and lower your artificial grass costs when installing.
Remember the hidden costs we talked about earlier. Keep those in mind when you comparing artificial grass with natural lawn maintenance.
From buying a lawn mower or whipper snipper, to constantly fertilising, raking or watering; most of these have a monthly cost from a water bill to the hours you spend weeding.
And these chores never stop.
On the other hand, artificial grass has no on-going costs. The only maintenance is picking up animal droppings if you have pets, raking out any leaves caught in the weave and hosing it down to remove dust.
Your physical, financial and emotional commitment is over once it is installed.
Its true a well kept natural grass lawn can look amazing, but so can an artificial lawn. Unlike natural grass, artificial grass cost less to run and maintain and eco-friendly.
To enjoy beautiful green blades all year long consider artificial grass cost as an investment that will pay you back every month in less maintenance and effort.