Most lawns in the United States are natural lawns. Artificial turf is commonly used in sports complexes. Artificial lawns have become popular in places like California and the southwest where water is scarce. But is artificial turf better than natural grass? Take a look at the pros and cons of each below.
What is Artificial Turf
Artificial turf was the answer to all the damage natural grass endures as a result of overuse and weather. It became popular in the 1960s after AstroTurf was installed in the Houston Astrodome. Artificial turf is made of synthetic fibers that are intended to look like natural grass. It became a popular alternative for sports fields in the 60s because of its low maintenance and long lifespan of up to 25 years. Another major advantage artificial turf has is that it can resist the wear and tear that natural fields must endure.
Artificial Turf Costs More
It was originally thought that artificial turf would be less expensive than natural turf because it requires little to no maintenance. However, artificial grass is much more expensive to install around 1 million dollars per field. Installing a natural field costs just a fraction of that amount even when it is replaced every 8-10 years.
The synthetic materials used to create artificial turf provide a better grip than natural grass. This can cause “turf burn” in athletes when they fall and slide across the turf. Artificial turf doesn’t have to be watered but it does have to be cleaned once in a while. Bacteria can grow in the turf and can increase the chances of infection in players.
Benefits of Natural Turf Over Synthetic
Even though artificial turf is flouted as safer, more economical, and better looking than natural grass, the real stuff just can’t be beat. Take a look at these benefits of natural grass.
Grass absorbs carbon dioxide, creates oxygen, and provides a cooler playing surface.
Naturally Recycles and Cleans
Grass and the topsoil are home to countless beneficial organisms that help break down and recycle organic materials that fall into the grass. Because of these microorganisms, materials such as leaves, peanut shells, vomit, bodily fluids, blood, food, and drinks can naturally break down over time.
Most synthetic turfs are composed of rubber materials which absorb heat. Natural grass is cooler because it is a living plant. All plants transpire because of photosynthesis. This process naturally cools the area around the plant.
As pristine as artificial turf looks, sometimes it can look too pristine. When it comes to appearance, nothing can beat the look, feel, and smell of natural grass.
Whether it be a sports field or your backyard, natural grass is great at repairing itself. Humans can speed up the process with fertilizers but given enough time, Mother Nature will correct herself. Even artificial turf can sustain wear and tear but repairing a patch of AstroTurf is much more costly than replacing a patch of natural grass. Despite the low maintenance of artificial turf, natural grass fields can last two to three times longer.
Not Too Much Traction
Artificial turf provides much better traction than natural grass, but that’s not necessarily a good thing. When football players collide on the field, they want their feet to be able to slide on the grass. If not, all that momentum is sustained by the joints which can cause severe injuries.
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