Natural lawns are quickly becoming a thing of the past. While they look their best when conditions are perfect, things can change dramatically in a very short period of time. Homeowners have started weighing their options and many are choosing other alternatives to resurface their lawns. From artificial turf to sod lawns to low-growing ground covers, homeowners have many options to choose from. Those who choose artificial turf are making a huge investment in their property, both in value and long-term maintenance costs.
The Muddy Mess
One of the biggest downfalls of a natural lawn, whether it be grass or ground cover, is the muddy mess that must be dealt with when it rains. Any exposed soil turns into a slick mess of mud that easily attaches to the bottoms of shoes and the fur of your pets. In order to prevent the mud and muck, the grass must be extremely thick and firmly established. Even ground covers can't eliminate the mud and muck, although they may be better able to prevent soil erosion.
Another factor that many homeowners consider when making a decision about a natural grass lawn is the continual maintenance it needs. No matter what season, there is always something that needs to be done to maintain it. The many hours a week needed to mow, trim, and clear the area of debris could be spent with family and friends or tackling other chores that need to be completed around the home. The time and money spent on caring for a natural lawn can be quite a drain over the years. Many people look to other options to just avoid this element of lawn care.
More Affordable Options
The cost of maintaining a natural lawn is excessive when you take into consideration how much must be paid for gasoline, equipment, maintenance of the equipment, fertilizer, and irrigation. Artificial turf acts more like an investment than an expenditure with the overall cost being divided up over the life of the turf. Ground covers, like phlox and sebum are cost effective and require little care, but may have to be replenished from time to time, especially in high traffic areas. If a homeowner is looking for a truly affordable option, artificial turf is the best choice.
Less Impact on the Environment
In today's environmentally conscious society, homeowners often make choices that are dependent on a product's impact on the environment. The fact is, natural lawns can be devastating to the environment if the wrong products are used to care for it. Harsh fertilizers and weed killers can run off and end up in the area's groundwater supply. The amount of water needed to maintain larger lawns can also have a detrimental effect on the area's aquifers.
Choosing whether or not to keep your natural lawn can be a difficult decision. Many choose the natural lawn simply because it is what they like. Others, however, are looking at the options they have available to them as a way of eliminating some of the problems a natural is known for. With the alternatives that are now available, homeowners can choose almost any type of ground cover they want. They are capable of creating the perfect environment for themselves and their families.