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The ultimate lawn is precious to homeowners. Keeping the grass green, mowing, weed whacking, and uprooting pesky dandelions can be surprisingly daunting tasks all over the U.S., but a new trend seems to be sweeping the hotter states including California. That trend is Astroturf, which is a synthetic lawn used for sports arenas. While both a grass lawn and Astroturf have their advantages, we recommend a natural, grass lawn for both the resale value of your home and your own comfort.

The idea behind replacing your grass lawn with Astroturf is sound. There is little to no maintenance on an astroturf lawn. The homeowner does not have to mow the lawn, because the plastic blades do not grow out of the rubber beads that make up the “dirt”. These rubber beads that make up the turf simulate walking on a natural lawn; however, these beads frequently end up inside your sneakers. If you have kids, then expect to be cleaning up the thousands of turf beads that are tracked into your home (“Do artificial lawns…”, 2013).

Another positive aspect is that the Astroturf does not attract insects that will destroy your lawn and garden. You will have a difficult time finding insects that want to fly around an Astroturf lawn, because there is nothing useful for the insects there to use. Astroturf is made of plastic and rubber, allowing it to be almost a bug repellent for insects like ants and beetles. Because there are no bugs, there is no need for any pesticides, which shields the environment from harm. The problem with this, however, is that you will also be keeping helpful insects like honeybees and butterflies away from your garden. Flowers will obviously not grow on Astroturf, and many insects will not make the trek from one side of your Astroturf yard to the other to pollinate your garden (“Do artificial lawns…”, 2013).

A large selling point for Astroturf is that it stays green year round. During the sweltering California droughts, green lawns are practically outlawed as frivolous water usage becomes taboo. An Astroturf lawn would eliminate the dead lawns in a heartbeat; however, you will not want to use that Astroturf in the heat. Astroturf can get up to fifty degrees hotter than a regular grass lawn, and with California’s excessive heat waves, temperatures will become dangerous. Heat exhaustion becomes a possibility on a comfortable day because of an astroturf lawn (Penn State…, 2015).

The heat is one of the major drawbacks that has caused Astroturf to develop the stigma of being tacky. Another drawback is the look and feel of the Astroturf. While Astroturf is a close imitation to regular grass and soil, the plastic grass blades and rubber soil do not lend themselves to comfort. The lower end Astroturf options look fake as well, while the higher end market of Astroturf has a closer look to real grass. Improvements are being made as Astroturf becomes more popular, but the common theme is relinquishing the comfort of real grass for less yard work (Miley, “Artificial Grass vs. Real Grass”).

Trading your natural lawn in for an artificial one is fine if you are not reselling your home. If you do not plan on staying in your home, then keep your natural lawn. Astroturf, while it may not lower the value of your home, it will limit your buyers. Buyers with children or dogs may not want an Astroturf lawn, and that stigma of Astroturf being tacky and a lack of flexibility with the space will make selling your home more difficult. After all, if the new owner wants to put a garden or foliage into the yard, then that owner would have to deal with patching the Astroturf or ruining it.

So yes, yard work for a natural lawn can be labor intensive, but you will be able to better utilize your outdoor space with a natural lawn. Sacrificing a real lawn for Astroturf will cause a bigger headache than it is worth for the owner. Keep your natural lawn and you will not need to deal with ripping it up and replacing it with natural sod when you want to sell your home.

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Eric Lawrence Frazier MBA

President and CEO

References:

Do artificial lawns impact home values? (2013). Retrieved August 10, 2015.

Miley, M. (2015). Artificial Grass Vs. Real Grass. Retrieved August 10, 2015.

Penn State Sport Surface Research Team. (2015). Surface Temperature of Synthetic Turf. Retrieved August 10, 2015.

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