What are the benefits of artificial turf for home use over the more familiar natural turf? Many people who are looking for a better way of maintaining their landscape are put off by the initial artificial lawns cost without giving much thought to the expense of keeping  natural turf to the same standard. This comparison chart of natural grass vs artificial turf will help put to rest some of those misconceptions.

We already know there are many benefits to artificial turf for lawns and those benefits are going to be more noticeable in years to come particularly with the new water rate increases.

Residential artificial turf is child friendly. The artificial grass surface has non-abrasive soft fibers, which are an ideal playing surface. Bugs, ants and other crawling insects tend to make their home elsewhere as there is no natural food source.

It is pet friendly too. The fake grass for dogs allows for easy clean up and a quick hose down to get rid of any mess, dogs can’t dig holes in your lawn as they do with natural turf.

Even the look and feel of artificial turf is just like grass and it stays lush and green every day of the year. They even use artificial turf for putting greens. Forget about trampling mud into the house when it is wet and it will no longer look like a dust bowl in the dry season. The UV stabilised turf will look great no matter what time of the year.

Natural turf takes a lot of looking after, from weekly mowing, to watering, to feeding and fertilizing. All that time tidying the lawn instead of playing with the family, not to mention the on going costs.

What are the overall costs of an artificial lawn?

Residential water in Brisbane costs between $1.19 per kilolitre and $1.69 per kilolitre, depending on the volume of water used by the household.

Currently in Brisbane, a family of five people, meeting the restriction of 140 litres per person each day, pays $444 per year with an access charge of $140 a year.

The price of water will jump by at least $1.30 per week for people living in Brisbane under major changes announced by the State Government.

The increase, which took effect July 1 2008, is to rise further each year for the next 10 years.

Artificial residential lawn grass has a minimum life span of 15 years. The comparison chart shows a typical installation of a 50 square meter lawn.

Over 15 year periodLTS Synthetic turf $62.00m2Natural Turf $15.00m2
Installation 50 sq m$3100.00$750
Base prep$200.00$200.00
Irrigation System$0$340.00
Total Installation Cost$3300.00$1290.00

The table shows a lower initial cost for natural turf installation. Now let’s look at 12-month expenditure on natural turf compared with an LTS Synthetic lawn.

Over 15 year periodLTS Synthetic turf $62.00m2Natural Turf $15.00m2
Mowing Service$0$650
Watering$0$270
Fertilising/weeding$0$75.00
Total maintenance year 1$0$995
Total maintenance year 2$0$1,990.00
Total maintenance year 5$0$4,975.00
Total maintenance year 10$0$9,950.00
Total maintenance year 15$0$14,925.00

Installing LTS Synthetic turf will save you significantly in both the short term and the long term. When you purchase artificial turf for home use, you will recover your costs and start saving money within 2 years against the cost of a new installation of natural turf.

Over a period of 15 years – the minimum life span of our high performance artificial turf – looking at an annual expense of a conservative $995.00 per year to maintain a natural lawn the expenditure is over $14,925.00 against the initial outlay of $3,300.00                  

The maintenance costs are very conservative and may be much higher depending on the size of lawn, the hardiness of the type of grass used and who services the lawn. If using a lawn service, the cost may be higher, if using DIY, running costs of the mower and other tools are taken into account, but still conservative.

With the cost of water increasing annually and the high maintenance costs of natural grass vs artificial turf it makes sense to install a no-maintenance lawn.