From being too expensive to looking fake to being bad for the environment, there are a few misconceptions concerning artificial grass which simply aren’t true – and these myths may be stopping you from choosing artificial grass for your next project.
In this blog, we debunk a few of the most common myths surrounding artificial turf, so you can be confident that artificial grass is the perfect option for you.
1. Artificial Grass Is Too Expensive
One perception of artificial grass is that it is too expensive. However, an artificial lawn can prove to be highly cost-effective over the long-term, and can even cost less than a real lawn.
Typically, a professional lawn installation will vary in price between £55-£75 per ㎡. This means it would cost £2,700 for a garden measuring 40 square metres, which equates to £180 per year for its 15-year life expectancy.
When adding the cost of lawn mowers, grass feed, fertilisers, pesticides, hoses, water usage, strimmers, and re-turfing required to maintain a real lawn, artificial grass is far cheaper than real grass over its full lifespan as does not require any of the above to keep it looking good.
So, whilst artificial turf is more costly upfront with the initial installation cost, the savings in time, effort and money spent on maintenance could save you money in the long-run, proving that an artificial lawn can be more cost-effective than a real lawn.
2. Artificial Grass Looks Fake
When artificial turf was first created, it may have looked fake and unlike real grass.
However, artificial grass has greatly improved over time, and higher-end surfaces such as LazyLawn look and feel as good as the real thing.
This is because LazyLawn uses the highest-quality polymers to produce yarns that give the most realistic-looking products available.
In fact, our premium artificial grass has been developed to such a high standard that it looks and feels so natural that many cannot tell the difference between a real lawn and a LazyLawn.
3. Artificial Grass Is Difficult To Maintain
Artificial grass is not difficult to maintain, in fact, it’s much easier to maintain than real turf, which requires frequent watering, feeding, fertilising, and mowing.
To maintain artificial grass, simply remove leaf litter and debris using a leaf blower, stiff brush, or plastic rake, and if the grass gets dirty and requires cleaning, hose it down using a light detergent and a stiff brush.
You can also apply weed killer to your lawn twice a year to protect it from airborne seeds.
4. Artificial Grass is Not Suitable for Dogs
The next myth about artificial grass is that it is not suitable for dogs. Yet, LazyLawn artificial turf is very pet friendly and loved by dogs as much as their owners.
Dogs love to play on artificial grass as much as natural grass, but without destroying your garden. Artificial grass can’t be dug up or spoilt by muddy patches, so no more digging holes, and no muddy paws in the house every time the dog goes out in the garden. So your garden will stay smart and look great all year round.
Artificial grass is also non-toxic, hygienic, and not discoloured by urine, which means no yellow stains ruining your lush green lawn. This makes LazyLawn artificial grass ideal for dog owners and kennels alike.
5. Artificial Grass is Bad for the Environment
Artificial grass may not be as bad for the environment as first thought. This is because an artificial lawn does not need a lawnmower to maintain it like a natural lawn does, and one study by Stockholm University found that a gas powered lawn mower can emit the same amount of pollution as driving 100 miles in your car.
Additionally, artificial grass does not need to be watered like natural grass, making your lawn better for the environment because it reduces water consumption.
Likewise, artificial grass does not require fertilizer or pesticides to keep it looking good like natural grass does, both of which cause harm to the environment and wildlife.
Our grass can also be recycled at the end of its life so that it can be repurposed into other products. This reduces landfill, preserves resources, and makes our artificial turf products highly sustainable.
6. Artificial Grass Is Only Used For Sports Pitches
Artificial grass may have started out on football pitches, but it has since come a long way from being used purely for sports surfaces. LazyLawn is used in a variety of different ways, from back gardens to commercial spaces to play areas.
With a wide range of styles, colours, and pile heights to choose from, it is much more versatile than real grass and not limited to sports pitches. Artificial grass looks great in the garden, on roof terraces and balconies, in bars and restaurants, in offices and gyms, for events and displays, in playgrounds, around pool areas, and in dog kennels.
7. Artificial Grass Has Poor Drainage
It is a myth that artificial grass has poor drainage. When installed correctly, artificial grass has fantastic drainage properties, and, in many cases, will even dry quicker than natural grass.
Unlike real grass, LazyLawn artificial turf is incredibly fast draining. Its drainage time of up to 60 litres per minute means it doesn’t take long to dry out, so you can get back out in the garden in no time at all.
8. Artificial Grass is Not Kid-Friendly
Artificial grass is very child friendly. It is mess-free, soft, and cushioned, which makes it perfect for playing on.
Plus, artificial turf is non-toxic and requires no chemicals or pesticides so is safer than natural grass too.
This makes it great for kids, and many schools have now installed LazyLawn to create a safe, clean, and fun environment in which to play and learn.