Synthetic or Natural Lawn

How to choose between synthetic and natural lawn

A lot of Synthetic grasses have come onto the market in recent years, some of them so realistic looking that it is hard to pick the difference until you get up close, especially if you’re a bit short sighted!

Synthetic grass is made from plastic and cleverly woven into a rubber underlay with all sorts of different textures, lengths and subtle blends of colour. You can still buy the cheap and nasty gear, but like many other things you get what you pay for.

There are some situations where synthetic is a good choice over natural; where you can not get natural lawn to grow such as roof tops, balconies and heavily shaded areas, indoor sports areas or areas you just can not get a mower to. Synthetic is pricy to install and even though they are called low maintenance they are not no maintenance, you will need to keep them clean from moss & animal excretes, plus weeds, leaves and dirt that blow in.

What are the major differences?

Synthetic surfaces are 30+ degrees hotter on a hot day ie: on a 32˚day natural lawn will be 30˚ and synthetic surface will be 60˚. This makes using your lawn uncomfortable and risking burnt feet. The overall temperature around your home will also be impacted leading to increased air conditioning costs.

If you're conscious about the environment, natural lawn is the choice for you. It is a natural filter for pollutants and an average backyard can produce enough oxygen for your entire family. Natural lawn is a carbon absorber greater than a rain forest area equivalent!

Natural lawn is soft to play on and is a natural filter to excrements washing through. There are also new low allergenic lawns which help combat issues with hay fever and other allergies. Sports people report synthetic to cause ‘burns’ to skin or other sporting injuries when playing on it. There are also some concerns with synthetic being carcinogenic.

When making the Natural vs. Synthetic choice, ask the questions… What is the environment/site like where I want to lay the lawn? What do I want to use the lawn for?

With newer shade and drought tolerant varieties being introduced to the market,
there's not many spots real lawn can't go!

What is the best choice of lawn for me?

If you’re unsure whether real or synthetic lawn suits you best, give one of our lawn consultants a call to discuss your options.