The visual benefits of artificial grass are obvious. It looks perfect the day it was installed, and it continues to look perfect for years to come, with minimal maintenance. But artificial grass also has a practical side that brings even more benefits to homeowners and families. It can help do away with lawn-loving pests, from insects to rodents. Natural grass lawns actually encourage unwanted critters.
We love to live in our backyards when the weather is pleasant. One of the nicest side-benefits of artificial turf is that it does not attract insects. The surface doesn’t settle and sag over time like natural grass does, and it provides far better drainage than natural grass, eliminating sogginess and standing water. This prevents mosquitoes and other insects that thrive in or near water from breeding in the grass.
Many insects also thrive on microbes and bacteria that are found in soil. With artificial turf, there is no exposed soil is, so there is no ready food supply. Ants, spiders, gnats, flies, and mosquitoes have to go elsewhere.
Burrowing and Digging Animals
Artificial grass also sends burrowing animals packing, along with squirrels and others that live in your trees and under your shrubs but love to dig in your lawn. Gophers and moles burrow under the surface of the soil, creating open holes and loose mounds of dirt that can easily become tripping hazards. But they cannot dig up through the mesh backing that forms the foundation of artificial turf.
Animals cannot dig through from the surface, either, so replacing natural grass with synthetic also helps to control mice, rats, and chipmunks – your dog won’t be able to dig holes in the lawn, either.
Dirt and Mud
The same factors that make artificial grass an inhospitable environment for insects and rodents make your lawn a better environment for humans. Without residual water, holes, and dirt piles, the grass doesn’t create mud. Even without pests, natural grass develops “dirt trails” and bare spots in high traffic areas. Artificial grass does not.
Every time your kids and pets run in and out of the house, they track in dirt and mud from those worn areas in your natural grass lawn. It’s a mess, and cleaning up those muddy foot and paw prints gets old.
With artificial grass, you can skip traditional lawn maintenance chores and also the inevitable mess it leaves behind. Every time you mow or trim, you end up with little, damp trimmings that bagging mowers and leaf blowers do not fully capture or remove. Whatever you miss gets tracked all over your patio and walkways into your house. It’s more mess to clean up, and grass can leave stains on your carpet. With fake grass, there’s nothing to trim, so there are no trimmings to contend with.
Which Would You Rather Have?
A lawn that invites pests to move in and make themselves at home? Or one that’s always pretty and free of insects, rodents, mud, and mess? When it comes to the question of artificial turf vs. natural grass, we think the choice is obvious.
The whole point of having a lawn is to beautify your yard and enjoy that space. With artificial grass, you can spend your time admiring your lawn instead of searching for clever (and generally worthless) ways to get rid of insects and rodents. And you can sit or play in your outdoor getaway without packing a can of bug spray or worrying if a mouse is going to come foraging for food around the grill.