There are numerous considerations to keep in mind when you’re searching for a home, both interior and exterior. For those who enjoy gardening, landscaping and other outdoor tasks, one particular area to look into when browsing properties: Is the lawn fake or real? At Daybreak Living, our real estate agents will help you find homes for sale based on any variety of specific needs, including lawn or outdoor elements. When we use the term “fake” lawn, we’re generally referring to synthetic grass that’s made to look and feel extremely similar to natural grass. It’s often used for play areas, putting greens, dog runs or several other specific purposes. Let’s go over some of the general pros and cons found in synthetic grass, plus whether a home featuring it might be the right choice for you.
Pros of Synthetic Lawns
- Limited maintenance: When you live in a home with fake grass, there’s no need for any mowing, trimming or weeding of any kind. You don’t have to spend money on fertilizers or seeding issues, and your water bill will be lower because no actual watering is required to keep the grass healthy. In addition, there is no mud or dirt to deal with from a cleanliness standpoint.
- Durability: High-quality synthetic grass products can last for up to 25 years, and will generally be good for a minimum of 15 years in most cases.
- Environmental benefits: Many forms of synthetic grass are made using recycled materials, and the lack of mowing, sprinkling and fertilizer needs means you’re putting less air pollution and chemicals into the environment.
- Pet friendliness: Turf is great for many pets, particularly dogs who need grass to do their business and get exercise. You no longer have to fix dead patches of grass or perform other similar chores.
- Realness: Modern synthetic grass is of such high quality that many people can’t spot the difference with the naked eye.
Cons of Synthetic Lawns
- Some maintenance still needed: Now, there’s still a bit of maintenance required for synthetic grass. You have too remove leaves and other debris, as leaving these will cause weeds to grow. You also have to hose it down regularly, especially if you have a dog who uses it.
- Price: If you’re looking to install brand new synthetic grass, it can be an expensive process reaching upwards of $20 per square foot.
- Non-eco-friendly manufacturing: While certain elements of synthetic grass are great for the environment, it usually can’t be recycled and has certain heat absorption issues that might be considered negatives here.
- HOA restrictions: In certain areas governed by homeowners’ associations, artificial grass may not be allowed.
For more on whether you might look to purchase a home with a synthetic lawn, or to learn about any of our homes for sale, speak to the staff at Daybreak Living today.
About the Author:
Utah Dave - Daybreak Neighboorhood Expert and Local Resident
My friends nicknamed me Utah Dave in high school because they said it didn't matter where we went in Utah, I would know how to get there and who we needed to talk to. The name sticks today as UtahDave has formed into a professional real estate network of Neighborhood Experts all across the state. I live in Daybreak with my wife and 4 amazing children. I enjoy dancing (which is how I met my wife Dawn) as well as traveling, coaching, and learning.