Artificial Grass vs. Real Grass — What are the differences?


Real Grass
Real grass is grass that has been grown with the planting of grass seeds or sod. Sod is a rug-like roll of grass and a soil layer, held together by netting or cut grassroots that is spread out and grows into your lawn.

Artificial Grass
Artificial grass is a surface of synthetic grass blades made to look like natural grass. Artificial Grass has a few variations in its name and is sometimes referred to as fake grass, plastic grass, astroturf, astro, and turf. For the most part, these names all are describing the same product, Artificial Grass.

Both types of real grass and artificial grass have their differences, the differences include: 



Artificial Grass Maintenance

How to Maintain a Real Grass lawn
The worst thing you can do is leave your lawn neglected, as it will cost you even more to get it tidied up. The best way to avoid this is to make sure you are constantly maintaining your lawn (or by switching to artificial grass).

  • Water your lawn deeply, during the summer months.
  • Mow often with lawn mower 
  • Fertilize your lawn often
  • Aerate your yard in fall or spring

How to Maintain an Artificial Grass lawn
Artificial Grass maintenance is simple and doesn’t take up your time. Enjoy your grass, don’t just mow it.

View our articles about How to keep Artificial Grass looking new and our Bella Turf Artificial Grass Maintenance Guide.



Artificial Grass Aesthetic

The Aesthetic differences between Artificial Grass and a Natural Grass Lawn.

Real Grass
Real grass looks less perfect than artificial grass because the color, texture, and the height of the blades are dependent on external factors such as the season.

Artificial Grass
Artificial grass is always photo-ready and picture-perfect. The blades remain the same height and color year-round. Those who require a perfect front lawn year round often opt for Artificial Grass.



Artificial Grass Cost

Real Grass and Artificial Grass do not only differ in terms of maintenance, but they also differ in initial costs.

Real Grass
Sod rolls of real grass lawn costs 35 cents to 99 cents per square foot plus installation costs of $1-2 per square foot. Safely budget $2.5 per square foot to have a new lawn installed.

Additional expenses are incurred for mowing, fertilizing and watering. Watering your natural grass will leave you with a very high water bill. Mowing will consume 30 minutes of your time, every week. 

Artificial Grass
Installing Artificial Grass is considerably more expensive INITIALLY. Artificial Grass costs $5 to $20 per square foot to have Artificial Grass installed, however the cost of maintenance is much less than real grass.

With Artificial Grass, you have no water bill, you can sell your lawn mower, and your maintenance time is greatly decreased.

Real Grass has high on-going maintenance costs and low initial costs, were as Artificial Grass has a higher initial cost, with much lower on-going maintenance costs.



Artificial Grass Environmental Impact

Real Grass
Real grass uses gas lawn mowers, these generate dangerous airborne pollutants. Therefore, your natural grass, causes excessive air and noise pollution. Depending on the type of mower you use, it has been said that a gas lawn mower can often be up to 40 times more harmful to the environment than keeping your car running for the same duration.

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Artificial Grass
Artificial Grass does not require mowing and therefore does not have this effect on the environment.

Real grass is all natural, whilst artificial grass is manufactured, why is why many people often give artificial grass a bad rap. However, some Artificial Grass is made from recycled car tires, which are not biodegradable on their own. Artificial Grass actually keeps plastic out of landfills, and gives this otherwise useless plastic a new purpose. 

When it gets very hot in the summer, real grass is able to create a cooling effect, especially at a taller height. Artificial grass also creates this effect and is actually cooler in temperature than real grass lawn. Bella Turf Artificial Grass when combined with PureZEO Pro Infill creates some of the best feeling, most environmentally friendly, low-maintenance grass that you’ll find.




Both artificial grass and a real grass lawn have their upsides, but for some individuals artificial grass may provide enough benefits to be worth considering. 

Artificial Grass has been carefully developed over the years to be superior to real grass lawn, and if you can afford the luxury of artificial grass, it is definitely worth considering. 

The time savings and added enjoyment from your care-free lawn might just earn you that extra time with the family you’ve been missing out on.

If you have any further questions about artificial grass, leave us a message and we’d be happy to help out. 


Last updated on Wednesday, April 6 @ 11:30 am by Tyler Trowbridge, Bella Turf

Posted On: Thursday October 17, 2019
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