To Turf or not to Turf

Yard care is a big consideration when remodeling or purchasing a home. Real grass is high maintenance. A water hog, and expensive to replace every 5 to 8 years.
Artificial grass / Turf may be a good alternative for some households.

Here are some of the pros and cons of turf:

PRO: No maintenance.

Artificial grass does not require mowing, edging, seeding or watering. Once you lay it down, you’re done.


CON: Initial expense. Turf prices range from $8 to $14 per square foot.
You can find some sales and deals but keep in mind that you get what you pay for.
Make sure you choose a licensed turf installer. Manufactures do not warranty a turf installation when installed by your neighborhood gardener.

PRO: Long-term durability. The life expectancy of artificial turf can be upwards of 25 years.
Making it a less costly alternative to real grass over its life.


CON: It might be against the rules.

If you live in a community with a Homeowner’s Association (HOA), be sure to get permission first.

Turf is becoming more and more common, which is convincing more HOAs to approve its use, but check first.

You don’t want to make a big investment in turf only to be told you have to rip it all out and replace it with grass.


PRO: It’s eco-friendly.

The water saving element is huge if you’re looking to save water and live a little greener.

Most of the manufactures even use recycled materials, such as old tires or plastic bottles in making the turf.


CON: It’s not biodegradable.

Artificial grass will end up in a landfill some day.


PRO: It’s pet-friendly.

The good news is that pet waste won’t negatively impact your artificial grass, and turf is easy to clean.

Say good bye to those ugly yellow burn spots caused by dog urine.

It is also very important to note, turf must be washed where your dogs leave their mess.
Some turf companies also give a once a year cleaning, wash and deodorize program for a small fee.
There are also specific turf types that are made for dog kennels and dog runs.


CON: It’s hot.

Real grass has a cooling effect when the air temperature is high.

Artificial grass lacks his cooling quality. The grass itself may become hotter than the air and can make the surrounding air feel hotter.


PRO: It looks good all year round.

If you live in an area where the lawn is dormant in the winter, it will be a a nice change to see your lush, green (faux) lawn, even in negative temps or drought situations.