Landscaping and curb appeal bring a great deal of value to a home. Not only does it increase the monetary value of the property, but it is also attractive to look at when well-maintained and can bring a deep sense of peace and serenity to those who get to live there and enjoy the yard.
Many homeowners have opted to avoid traditional landscaping with natural grass and have installed artificial grass in its place to gain the numerous benefits of not needing to maintain natural grass. Artificial grass is made to look like natural grass but is manufactured from plastic instead. Synthetic grass can look incredibly real and can be a wonderfully low-maintenance option for your home.
Whether you’re buying or building a new home here in Oregon or are updating your existing landscaping, the question may arise as to whether you want to install artificial grass or natural grass. You may wonder what the benefits are of installing artificial grass. The construction and excavation experts at Sportech list below the benefits of installing artificial grass in your Oregon yard.
1. You Don’t Have to Water Your Yard
One of the huge benefits of installing artificial grass in your Oregon yard is that you don’t have to water it to maintain a beautiful, lush, healthy-looking yard. With drought conditions increasing across the world, many Oregonians choose to let their yards turn yellow over the summer months. The only water artificial grass may need, however, is to occasionally hose down the area to remove any accumulated dust and debris.
Natural grass requires daily watering, often more than once a day, to keep the yard looking fresh and healthy. During the hotter summer months when precipitation is rare and drought conditions can be a concern, having a lawn that looks great without having to regularly water it can be a huge benefit. Not only can not having to water the lawn be an environmental benefit, but it will also lower your monthly water bills tremendously, as you no longer need to use gallons and gallons of water to maintain a healthy natural grass yard.
2. Pesticides, Herbicides, and Fertilizers are No Longer Required
Another great environmental benefit of installing artificial grass in your Oregon yard is not having to use harsh pesticides or fertilizers to maintain a beautiful lawn. Natural grasses often require fertilizers to stay lush and healthy, herbicides to keep weeds at bay, and pesticides to keep bugs away.
These chemicals typically flush into the local groundwater, and the runoff ends up in our rivers, lakes, and streams. This can cause an overgrowth of algae called algae blooms. These algae blooms cause harmful environmental effects to local wildlife, plant life, and your local water supply.
Since artificial grass removes the need for pesticide, herbicide, or fertilizer use, it’s a huge environmental benefit to install in your yard. If you have children or pets that love to play in your yard, installing artificial grass can be a huge benefit to your loved ones as well since they won’t be exposed to harmful toxins that are found in fertilizers, herbicides, and pesticides. As an added bonus, many artificial grass brands also contain an anti-bacterial that helps to prevent the spread of germs.
3. Mowing the Lawn Is a Thing of the Past
One sign that you’re maintaining a healthy lawn is that it grows quite fast, which means it also will require more maintenance. The need to bring out your trusty lawnmower will be more frequent than you may like. You may decide to hire a lawn-care team to maintain your lawn, which can become costly, or you may care for your lawn yourself, which means purchasing and maintaining a lawnmower and all the equipment and chemicals needed to keep your lawn looking healthy.
With artificial grass, all of the above will become a thing of the past. To clean your artificial grass yard, you can use a leaf blower, broom, or hose as needed to clear any debris that may have built up over time. With an artificial lawn, you can sell your lawnmower and put all of your savings into a vacation fund, and while you’re on vacation, you won’t need to worry about your lawn being maintained.
4. Your Lawn Will Always Look Great
No matter what the weather conditions are in your area, your lawn will always look healthy and vibrant. Natural grass freezes during the cold winter months and browns during the hot summer months, whereas artificial grass will look great no matter what the season. Bare spots and brown lawns will be a thing of the past once you install artificial grass in your Oregon yard.
With natural grass that has high foot traffic, you will often find grassless grooves etched into the yard and bare spots where the foot traffic is frequent. Artificial grass can withstand lots of foot traffic and still look amazing. You can also now safely let your pet outside to do its business and the cleanup is a cinch. As an added bonus, dogs can’t dig holes in your artificial grass or track mud inside on a rainy day.
5. Cost Effective and Long Lasting
As stated above, lawn maintenance can be very expensive. Whether you have decided to hire a lawn-care professional to maintain your lawn or you have invested in the tools and materials to maintain it yourself, it can add up financially over time. Not only can it cost you money, but if you’re maintaining the lawn yourself, it can cost you your free time as well. Investing in the installation of artificial grass in your Oregon yard is worth it, as artificial grass is both long-lasting and extremely cost-effective to maintain compared to natural grass.
Many homeowners are making the switch to artificial grass to enjoy its many benefits. If you’re interested in obtaining a free estimate to install artificial grass in your yard, contact Sportech today.