Artificial Lawn Grass
Fake Type Turf Grass
Artificial turf can be several times the price to install as a sod lawn. The payoff is in the long-term savings. Fake turf generally lasts around 10 years or so and requires no mowing, watering or fertilization. The surface does need periodic brushing and cleaning.
In a time when natural resources are limited and labor costs are high, artificial lawn grass has gained a lot of popularity. And while it does have its applications in places like large sports complexes, in this landscapers opinion, it doesn't look good in large home landscaping ideas.
Smaller areas and putting greens are also good candidates for artificial lawn. And while manufacturers and sponsors may argue the point, larger areas don't look as natural as you would hope for and they just don't seem practical.
Don't get me wrong. There are some great products out there that look, feel, and play close to real grass. From a distance, you can't tell the difference. However, I would advise you to see a finished project and not just sample swatches before making a major purchase. An entire front yard landscape may not be the same vision you're imagining.
The elimination of mowing and watering are great points that would motivate almost all of us to put some down in our yards. I know I like the sound of that. However, when I examine the pros and cons of both artificial lawn and natural turf side by side, fake grass doesn't come close to the real thing.