There are a lot of factors to be considered when making this decision. Although turf and grass are similar in some ways, they are very different in others, and it’s probably fair to say that both have their own advantages and disadvantages. One of the main things we tend to care about most when it comes to our garden, is appearance. We want it to look presentable and tidy, and ideally require as little maintenance as possible. However, there are also many other elements that we take into consideration when choosing the best option for our garden.
We thought we would talk about some of the advantages and disadvantages of both turf and grass, to perhaps help you decide on the right choice for your garden.
Advantages of turf
Probably the biggest advantage of turf, is that it is pretty low maintenance. It tends to stay very clean and tidy and doesn’t get anywhere near as muddy as grass would during periods of bad weather. Furthermore, it is pre-made to the perfect constituency, with the appropriate seed varieties, therefore meaning that you do not have to worry about keeping your grass healthy as it is already done for you. If you are somebody that doesn’t have much time to spare when it comes to looking after your lawn, turf is a really good option, as it comes ready-made and remains in fantastic condition throughout its average lifespan (which can differ depending on the type or quality of turf that you buy).
Another advantage of turf, is that it is very aesthetically pleasing. For some this is a priority, whereas for others, it is a little lower down on the list. However, one of the biggest perks of turf is that it tends to stay in tidy and presentable condition and therefore looks great all year round.
Disadvantages of turf
The most notable difference between turf and grass, is that turf does come with a cost. Generally speaking you will buy new rolls of turf around every 6-12 months, depending on the quality you buy. The higher the quality, the longer it will last, however this also comes with increased price, but with better quality turf you wouldn’t have to buy it as often. This is perhaps where you might weigh up what matters most to you; for example, are you willing to spend a bit extra to save you from regular maintenance on your lawn? Or would you rather save money and do little jobs yourself?
The only work really required with turf, is laying it down, and that can be quite a hands on task. Furthermore, it must be done straight away in order to prevent quality from deteriorating. Another thing to consider with turf is that it is not always readily available for you, and so you may not be able to get it when you immediately would like.
Advantages of grass
The number one advantage when it comes to grass, is that it’s completely natural. This allows you more opportunities, for example to grow things such as plants of fruits and vegetables. As well as this, it gives you more freedom in how you would like it to look and how you want to care and look after it.
In comparison to turf, having grass is considerable cheaper, as it costs far less to buy grass seeds than it does to buy turf, and the frequency of which you would need to purchase grass seeds would be considerably less than that of having to buy new turf. Another great thing is that grass seeds help your grass acclimatise as the weather changes so that it is able to cope with temperature alterations. Healthy, natural grass is also beneficial to the environment as it actually helps cleanse the air, therefore making it a more environmentally friendly option than turf.
Disadvantages of grass
There’s no denying that grass can be pretty high maintenance. It requires lots of regular care ie cutting and trimming and can get very muddy and messy as it may be significantly affected by bad weather. The cost of grass is less, however the maintenance and work required is significantly higher. With turf, it’s sort of a one-time job and once it’s all laid down it doesn’t tend to require much more work, whereas grass pretty much needs constant care and maintenance if you want it to stay in good condition and look presentable.
The weather can heavily impact the state of your grass, both positively and negatively. Rain gives it water and nutrients, however too much rain and periods of severe weather can be quite damaging . Furthermore, in summer time if we were to go through a bit of a drought where it is very hot and we don’t get any rainfall for a while, this can take its toll on the grass and starve it of water – meaning you would have to intervene and water it yourself.
As we have made quite clear, both grass and turf are great in different ways, what really matters is your own preferences. Whatever matters to you most, whether that’s saving money, having less maintenance work to do, helping the environment, or looking as clean and tidy as possible, we hope this helps you to make a decision on what could be the best choice for your garden!