Is the grass always greener?

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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.

dog on grassAs we look at making some home improvements next Spring, it’s definitely something we’ll be thinking about.

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?

14 Thoughts on “Is the grass always greener?

  1. I’ve just moved house and my new place has a HUGE garden. Lovely for the kids but meh… I can’t stand mowing the lawn. Artificial grass would be the perfect solution!
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  2. Oooh how interesting. our lawn has been ruined by ‘wee patches’ from the dog. I never considered fake lawn before!
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  3. BizzyLizzy on December 3, 2013 at 4:14 pm said:

    My mother’s got a small garden with artificial grass and it’s perfect for her as she’s too old to be bothered with mowing the lawn. It looks surprisingly realistic as well

  4. Red Ted Art has artificial grass and i am always envious when i go round to her house: it looks so neat all the time!
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  5. Cass@frugalfamily on December 3, 2013 at 7:41 pm said:

    I’d actually really like artificial grass in my back garden – I’m off to see how much it will be x x

  6. i think i want artificial grass!

  7. I’m not very green fingered so I’m thinking that if we are ever luckily enough to move to a house with a garden to have artificial grass installed
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  8. We have some of that grass and are SO HAPPY with it!

  9. I am a grass lover – or a lover of mowing the grass to be precise. I spend half my summer cutting the lawns so I’d be at a loose end with artificial stuff!
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  10. I am so tempted, in fact i would lose the lawn to some gravel and raised beds in a heatbeat, but husband insists the kids need somewhere to play football. he has a grass allergy, so guess who gets to mow? This looks like a good compromise!
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  11. I love the feel of grass between my toes. It makes me feel more grounded somehow …. although in saying that, I love that artificial grass means no maintenance and more fun time!!
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  12. Friends of mine have artificial grass and absolutely love it!
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  13. My brother had his garden done with artificial turf, and has never regretted it! It has stood up to several years of his twins mayhem so far too!
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