Artificial Turf vs. Real Lawn
Lawns are a favorite, affordable way to landscape. So what are the pros and cons of artificial turf and real lawn.
Artificial Turf– Artificial turf prices range anywhere from $ 10 to $20 per square foot.
However, once that artificial turf is laid, it’s in for good and you’re done paying for its installation for the next 15 to 25 years!
Real Grass– The cost of real turf in 2020 will range anywhere from $.50 – $3 per square foot. But, without a synthetic grass lawn, you are usually paying to fertilize, mow, trim, and water. Water adds up and prices historically increase over time. An under watered lawn is often a problematic lawn they can look bad. Synthetic lawns save money and time. And best of all, they look good year round more or less regardless of typical care and maintenance. Artificial turf lawns are often a good solution to many challenges in both commercial and residential landscapes. Low maintenance synthetic grass will to help simplify lives. And with synthetic grass you get year round beauty and durability!
Components of an artificial turf landscape
- Landscape Edging. Edging separates your lawn from the rest of your landscape. It is also used to separate different types of mulch including bark, gravel, and rubber.
- Weed barrier fabric to prevent any weeds poking up through your artificial turf. There is a range of barriers available. We recommend using double layered woven fabric with a 30 year or better warranty. Spun fabrics are adequate provided they are 3 mil or thicker. Spun fabrics do not perform well in UV and will damage under the weight of heavy equipment.
- Artificial turf doesn’t stand up like grass on its own. We use infill sand to make it stand up. This cost can vary depending on access and location. Standard choices include: Acrylic coated sand, flex sand, rubber, black sand, and silica sand. Turf infill is usually silica sand applied at 1-2 pounds of infill per square foot of turf.
- Variables and Accessories. Stakes are used to nail down the turf edges and seams. Special glue and seam tape are used at the seams. Base preparation can vary a great deal.
How Artificial Turf Saves Money
The primary savings are maintenance costs, irrigations expenses, and cost of water. In the end you pay a little more for year round beauty and simplicity.
If you live in the area of Billings Montana, feel free to call us for either an estimate or a quote.