What are the differences between natural and artificial grass?
This question is a very common question that is argued and researched regularly. They are both grass types. But one of them is natural and the second is artificial, as we can easily understand from their names. Yes, this is the main difference. But is it the only one? Of course not. There are so many different features between them. And when we compare them generally, we think that artificial grass seems more efficient and beneficial. As Ekip Grass Company, we prepared a useful article in order to explain the differences between them in detail. So, first, we will talk about the artificial grass, then the natural, and finally we will compare them.
Artificial grass is a decoration and landscaping flooring material that has just the same view of natural grass. Also, we can manufacture it in desired colors, height, and density. Just like weaving a carpet, synthetic fibers are placed on the base material. But, as we don’t use standard fibers, the product will have the same view as natural grass.
It is possible to use it in sports fields, especially football, landscaping, and for as many more purposes that you can imagine. If a customer would like to use it for inside decoration ( like balconies and terraces), we are able to produce different types of products according to customer demand. These products are very easy to install. But for sports fields or lawn, professional assistance is a must. Because they are harder to install and require expertise.
Natural grass is a living form and can be achieved by sowing and caring seed. Today, there are two ways to have natural grass; one is the traditional seeding method and the second is buying from natural grass farms as turf. Turf is specially produced grass that can be installed easily. If anyone wants to have a natural grass area without a waiting period, turf is the ideal solution. But you have to wait and care for some time in order to use the traditional way.
Natural grass requires different processes, maintenance, and caring. Even after having it, you have to water it regularly and put some resting periods. For example, if you use it densely for 24 hours, you will need another 24 for resting. Otherwise, grass will die in a short time. And this is a restriction for sports activities. Because of these, natural grass is not preferred that much.
Differences Between Them
So, we learned where and why to use natural and artificial grass. We also learned how to achieve them. Now it is time to see the most important differences between them:
- Artificial grass doesn’t require extra maintenance, but you need to regularly water and rest natural grass. Still, it will deform after a while.
- Artificial grass doesn’t need sunlight and oxygen, natural can’t live without them.
- Natural grass creates cost as long as it lives, but artificial don’t.
- Natural grass will seem more alive than artificial. But not all the time.
- The lifetime of artificial grass is so many years. But natural’s is 5-6 years max. if the required maintenance followed.
- Natural grass is a living thing. So you can’t hinder its maintenance. But artificial requires little or no maintenance.
These are the main differences between them. When we check them generally, artificial grass seems way too much more advantageous than the natural grass. But, of course, everything is up to the needs and requirements. If you are constructing a football field that you will hold official games, according to federations’ rules, you may have to choose the natural grass. But if you are in a too hot or cold climate, you will definitely choose the artificial. So everything is according to necessities, conditions, and official standards.
But, we can easily say that the popularity of artificial grass has increased so much in the last decade and it is still rising. Because artificial grass has so many more benefits and in the long run, it is more economical. This situation changed the rules and football federations started giving permission to artificial grass and setting special standards for them.
The Ekip Sport Company has so many years of experience and improved so many different types of products according to needs. And constructed so many fields or other purposes. You can check our website and contact us for more information.