Artificial Grass versus Real Grass: The Comprehensive Comparison

6 October 2023 by
Harley Thompson


Landscaping choices often revolve around the debate between real grass and artificial turf. Both have their unique advantages and challenges. This article aims to provide a holistic view, drawing from multiple sources and expert insights.

  • Real Grass: A natural surface grown from seeds or laid as turf, requiring sunlight, water, and periodic maintenance.
  • Artificial Grass: A synthetic alternative designed to mimic real grass. It's durable, low-maintenance, and versatile.

Categories of Comparison:

1. Drought Tolerance

  • Artificial Grass:
    • Benefits: Remains green without water, ideal during water restrictions.
    • Drawbacks: None concerning drought tolerance.
  • Real Grass:
    • Benefits: Some drought-resistant species available.
    • Drawbacks: Requires water, making it less ideal during prolonged droughts.

2. Installation

  • Artificial Grass:
    • Benefits: Quick installation, immediate use post-installation, no watering required.
    • Drawbacks: Ground preparation and weed membrane application needed.
  • Real Grass:
    • Benefits: Can be grown from scratch or rolled out as turf.
    • Drawbacks: Requires ground preparation and post-installation care.

3. Durability

  • Artificial Grass:
    • Benefits: Highly durable, resistant to foot traffic, pests, and environmental fluctuations.
    • Drawbacks: None concerning durability.
  • Real Grass:
    • Benefits: Some hardy species available.
    • Drawbacks: Vulnerable to heavy foot traffic, pests, and environmental conditions.

4. Maintenance

  • Artificial Grass:
    • Benefits: Minimal maintenance, no mowing or watering required.
    • Drawbacks: Occasional cleaning might be necessary.
  • Real Grass:
    • Benefits: Natural aesthetic and feel.
    • Drawbacks: Regular mowing, watering, weeding, and potential fertilising.

5. Environmental Impact

  • Artificial Grass:
    • Benefits: Reduces water usage, no need for chemicals.
    • Drawbacks: Non-biodegradable, potential impact on local wildlife.
  • Real Grass:
    • Benefits: Supports local wildlife, produces oxygen.
    • Drawbacks: High water consumption, potential chemical usage.

6. Cost

  • Artificial Grass:
    • Benefits: Lower long-term maintenance costs.
    • Drawbacks: Higher initial installation cost.
  • Real Grass:
    • Benefits: Cheaper initial installation.
    • Drawbacks: Ongoing maintenance costs.

7. Aesthetic Appeal

  • Artificial Grass:
    • Benefits: Consistent appearance, various styles available.
    • Drawbacks: Some might prefer the natural look of real grass.
  • Real Grass:
    • Benefits: Natural look and feel.
    • Drawbacks: Can become patchy or discoloured without care.

8. Safety and Practicality

  • Artificial Grass:
    • Benefits: Even surface, hypoallergenic variants available.
    • Drawbacks: Can retain heat in extreme temperatures.
  • Real Grass:
    • Benefits: Soft and comfortable surface.
    • Drawbacks: Requires inspection for pests.

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Our Artificial Grass Products:

Explore the best in synthetic turf with Daisy's Garden Supplies. Our range includes everything from pet-friendly turfs to golfer's dream putting greens. Designed for various applications like sporting grounds, school playgrounds, and outdoor entertainment areas, our products promise longevity and quality. With eight stores in Melbourne and Geelong, accessing top-tier artificial grass has never been easier. Opt for our swift delivery service or visit us for expert advice and pick-ups. Transform your space with Daisy’s!

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Choosing between real and artificial grass is subjective, depending on individual preferences, environmental concerns, and usage needs. While artificial grass offers durability and convenience, real grass provides a natural ambiance. Evaluate your requirements, budget, and environmental considerations to make an informed choice.

About the Authors

Harley Thompson

Harley is a second-generation journalist with a passion for gardening and a keen eye for detail.  Currently studying a double degree of Commerce and International relations at Monash University, Harley loves learning new things. He specialises in creating engaging content about garden advice, using experience in store, with our team and customers. His writing blends his academic knowledge with practical experience, offering informative and inspiring articles.  

Greg Fitzgerald

Greg Fitzgerald is a qualified horticulturalist with more than 30 years in the industry and 16 years at Daisy's Garden Supplies. He manages production and procurement for all our products, ensuring high-quality gardens and landscapes for our customers. His vast experience and qualification in horticulture make him a key asset to Daisy's. He offers valuable insights and a wealth of knowledge in terms of mulches, soils, pebbles and rocks, composts and many other products.