10 Ways to Use Artificial Turf Where It Actually Looks Good – On the House

10 Ways to Use Artificial Turf Where It Actually Looks Good

By on October 11, 2016

Fake grass is not for everyone, but it can be a problem-solver on balconies, on driveway strips and in urban courtyards

Artificial turf is a controversial topic. On one hand, it’s heralded as more environmentally friendly than a traditional lawn, because it doesn’t require water, fertilizer or mowing to look good. Another plus: Many manufacturers use recycled plastic bottles and tires to make synthetic grass. And with a variety of lengths, textures and colors to choose from, fake grass is getting closer in look and feel to the real thing.

That being said, artificial grass is not without its environmental drawbacks. While it cuts down on irrigation, it blankets your garden in plastic and requires a pollution-creating manufacturing process to reach your yard. It absorbs heat, which can cause off-gassing and make it uncomfortable to touch. For these reasons, it’s best not to consider artificial turf in warm climates where it will be in direct sun or close to walls that reflect heat.

While we’re not recommending installing synthetic grass to replace large expanses of lawn, using it in smaller applications has some merit. Given its durability, faux turf can be a real problem-solver in high-traffic areas of the garden, such as between walkway pavers or on driveway strips. Additionally, it can be used to bring green to balcony gardens and interior courtyards where real turf would be difficult to water and maintain.

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