Turf vs Artificial Grass: The Cost and Care Comparison
Trying to decide between sod grass and artificial grass can sometimes be a tricky decision. Whether you’ve just bought your first home or are finally ready to improve upon the one you’ve had for years, your lawn is a huge part of the look and value of the home. Nothing creates neighbour envy like a lush, green lawn.
Yet it seems that nothing could be as challenging to obtain as a perfect lawn. To create an ideal garden for your home, the quickest and easiest options are buying sod or turf to lay a traditional grass lawn, or installing an artificial lawn. Deciding between the two is where it gets a bit tricky. Read on to find out more, or contact us to buy artificial turf or have a new sod lawn laid.
Comparing the Cost of Artificial and Traditional Lawns
- Right away you should be aware of the fact that professional artificial grass installation costs considerably more. Using a 500 foot square lawn as an example, you would be looking at a cost that would be at least three times the price of installing sod. Before you go thinking this is the deciding factor though, consider the expenses in the future.
- With sod and turf grass you have to also factor in much higher water bills and possibly even the expense of installing a sprinkler system in order to keep your grass growing. Another major expense could be the maintenance and care of your sod grass, including fertilizer and seeding. If you are not going to try to take care of the sod grass yourself you would also have the added expense of hiring a professional gardener or landscaper.
Caring for both Artificial and Sod Lawns
Want a lawn that never needs mowing? If so you are not alone. The major benefit to artificial turf is that it never requires the typical care, maintenance and upkeep that sod grass does. This means no worrying about:
- Getting too much or too little sunlight
- Watering a new lawn or during drought times
- Weed control
- Having to trim the edges
And no more mowing! It also means no paying someone else to take care of this for you. Many people also prefer turf because it is still pet friendly and easy to clean up after your pet.
Keep in mind that this does not mean your new artificial turf grass will not require some amount of care. The main thing will be keeping the topdressing at the required level. The topdressing is usually a crumb rubber or sand that is applied to the top to make the lawn feel and appear real and natural.
The bottom line is that sod grass is less expensive up front by far. Many people obviously also prefer to have actual living grass around their home.
When it comes to artificial turf, many people feel the higher upfront cost outweighs the expense and hassle that comes later with sod grass. So, artificial grass could be the best for a maintenance free yard. Artificial turf has come a long way in recent years and modern varieties, especially the luxury models, looks as good as, if not better than real grass.
So, it’s up to you – lay real grass in the form of sod, or install an artificial lawn. Both are actually more than possible to do yourself, but if you need help then we provide both services here at Lawns For You.
Janet is a blogger and web enthusiasts who loves all things design and home improvement related. She is also the Chief Editor for SodPrices.com an online resource focused on helping people with their lawn needs.
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