As the weather gets warmer and you are spending more time outdoors it’s increasingly more important that your backyard feels like a personal oasis created for comfortable warm evenings with friends and making fun memories in the sun. When it comes to your yard’s landscaping, is grass or synthetic turf ideal? Below are the top things to consider when choosing between grass or synthetic turf for your backyard.



How much time do you want to spend upkeeping your lawn as a weekend DIY project or by hiring a professional landscaping company? Synthetic turf generally requires less time and money to maintain over time than natural grass. Grass will require regular mowing, weeding, watering, and fertilizing. In contrast, once turf has been properly installed maintenance includes the occasional cleaning to keep it appearing fresh.



Natural grass is subject to disease, drought, harsh climate, and fading in high-traffic areas of your yard. If part of your lawn is shaded, your natural grass may appear patchy and inconsistent. Synthetic lawn turf is extremely durable and can withstand heavy use and extreme weather conditions without fading.



Installing turf is an initial investment that is often more costly than buying seed or sod for a lawn with natural grass. However, due to its longevity, durability, and upkeep with less maintenance, the investment in turf eventually offsets the initial cost of installation.


Water Conservation

For families living in dry, hot regions like Texas, water conservation is important to consider. It takes at least one inch of water per week to upkeep a grass lawn.  Because turf doesn’t need water, it can help you conserve the amount of water you use at home.



Your personal preferences are extremely important when choosing between grass and turf for your yard. Consider whether grass or turf will match your home’s overall aesthetic. Do you prefer a cleaner, more manicured looking lawn or would you rather feel lush natural grass under your feet when you step outside?


Environmental Impact

Is there a clear winner between grass or turf when it comes to environmental friendliness? Grass lawns can purify the air and keep the soil in good health. However, they also require watering and fertilization that can have a negative impact on the environment. Turf doesn’t need to be watered and doesn’t require the use of harmful fertilizers, but it is made of synthetic materials that can be difficult to dispose of.

Are you still struggling to determine if natural grass or synthetic turf is right for you? Consider how you are planning to use your backyard and whether you have pets or children to reach a practical decision. For expert insight and a professional opinion, the Grassroots team can help. With over 15 years of experience in the Brazos Valley area, we have a signature process in place to help you bring your backyard visions to life. Contact us today to meet our team and get a free project quote.