When we were looking to buy our “forever” house, the biggest issue we had was the garden.
There was no shortage of nice homes on the market in our town.
But the outside space left a lot to be desired.
And with two boisterous boys, it was paramount they had the ability to run off some of their excess energy – preferably not all over my soft furnishings!
In the end, we went for a “do-up” – a house that needed a lot of work – purely on the basis that there was a good-size corner garden, which we immediately turfed over to allow for a climbing frame, slide and various Summertime pursuits, including a paddling pool in those rare hot Scottish days.
Now that we’ve been in our home for 4 years, I’m beginning to see the benefits of artificial grass from 1-grass.
Keeping a home clean and tidy is hard enough, but Mr G can disappear for hours, maintaining the garden.
How people manage with lots of plants and special features, I have no idea.
All we’ve got is grass, and a bit of woodchip around the verges. But the amount of cutting, fertilising, watering etc that’s required leaves me gobsmacked.
Astro-turf needs very little maintenance. It certainly wouldn’t require cutting, and in the Summer we’d save a lot of water from not having to put out the sprinklers to prevent the grass from drying out into ugly brown patches.
In fact, if you look at it from an environmental point of view, it means no emissions from petrol-driven lawnmowers, no fertilisers/pesticides, and no pollution from water run-off carrying chemicals into the drains.
But when you’ve got young children it’s time and money that are the most important factors.
Precious time to spend with the family, and enjoy your home instead of constantly having to do jobs around it to keep it in good nick.
And with the poor economy affecting everyone, there’s always money demands.
Personally, I’d rather spend mine on fun days out and essentials like clothes and food – rather than grass seed and weedkiller.
If you think about it, there’s a reason lots of playing fields use artificial turf.
It leaves an all-weather surface, which doesn’t dry out in the Summer or become a muddy swamp after heavy rainfall.
Water overspill wouldn’t be an issue, if you’ve got a paddling pool or swimming pool. Nor would you have to keep moving things around the garden, to ensure sunlight reaches every bit of grass and it doesn’t die.
Lack of muddy patches, potholes and uneven surfaces also means fewer slips and injuries.
It’s also a little-known fact that artificial grass can’t be dug up by dogs or other animals. It’s easy to keep clean and sterile, and if you have pets there’s no muddy paws. Which is why it’s also a favourite at kennels and catteries.
Because once the weather gets warmer, our garden really does become an important “room” in our home.
It’s where we do a lot of entertaining, where the boys get their exercise, and enjoy spending time with friends, and where we spend a lot of family time in the sunshine.
What do you think, in the real versus artificial debate?