Pros and cons of artificial lawn
As the weather warms up, lawns become increasingly thirsty. Too little water and they start to go brown and unsightly. If they’re sufficiently watered, they grow like topsy and require more frequent mowing.
Could fake grass be a better alternative for some rental properties? Here, we take a look at some of the pros and cons.
- Fake grass is becoming more realistic and attractive – it comes up well in photos.
- No mowing, fertilising or watering is needed.
- It can be laid in areas where grass is hard to cultivate such as in full shade.
- It doesn’t attract insects.
- Unlike natural grass, it can be depreciated.
- Fake lawn is hard wearing and can be expected to last about 15 years.
- Fake grass may not need mowing but it does require occasional cleaning whether that’s sweeping, using a leaf blower or hosing. It also requires the application of sand.
- It retains heat in the sun instead of staying cool.
- It does not produce oxygen as it is made from plastic.
- It can be more expensive per square metre to install than natural grass (or pavers).
- Theft of fake grass is not unheard of.
- Some local councils do not approve.