Comparing Artificial Grass to Real Grass

Are you looking to outfit your yard, patio, or property with grass but can’t decide whether to commit to a natural lawn or invest in artificial grass? Look no further.

The right grass can change your space, save you money, and cut down on a lot of headache without sacrificing the quality lawn you want. To help you make your decision, we’ve compared the two types of grasses in the 4 most important categories.

What Are the Differences Between Artificial and Real Grass?


Artificial grass can be placed over top of just about any material, which lets it be used indoors or outdoors, on dirt or concrete, and on any floor – not just the ground floor. Line a pet run, install your own putting green, or just replace your high-maintenance real grass for low-maintenance artificial grass.

Real grass requires dirt, which is a major limiting factor for many people who would love a lawn but don’t have the yard to sustain it. This includes apartments, townhomes, condos, and any home above the first floor.


Artificial grass requires minimal upkeep once it has been laid down. A light rinse will clear dirt, grime, and any residue that accumulates. Plus, it doesn’t grow like standard grass which means no mowing, watering, or weeding. 

Real grass needs proper watering regularly, with too much or too little water causing damage due to dehydration or poor natural irrigation. Plus, you’ll need to cut the grass to keep it looking good, which either takes additional time or money that you could spend elsewhere.


Artificial grass is made of a variety of materials, including polyethylene, polypropylene, and nylon. These plastic-like materials provide the resilience that makes artificial grass strong while still maintaining a softness that you would expect from natural grass.

With real grass you are more likely to feel the dirt it resides in and inconsistencies in the lawn that provide more give and a softer landing spot. However, the grass may cause irritation due to allergies or treatments that are done to help maintain the lawn.


Artificial grass does not change in its appearance, but it can be customized to look however you want it to. Variable blade lengths, color variation, and different blade styles can be included to create a more authentic look. Or, you can choose to go with a uniform and perfectly colored look.

Natural grass’s look will heavily depend on the type of grass you choose, the climate you live in, and how much maintenance you perform to keep it healthy. Your grass will grow naturally and be subject to erosion or irrigation problems, pesticide damage, and natural damage that can affect the look.

Have questions about installing artificial turf on your property? Contact one of Turf Bros’ expert artificial grass installers today!

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