As we approach the scorching Arizona summer, characterized by weeks of temperatures surpassing 115 degrees and nightly lows rarely dipping below 95 degrees, many people with a traditional lawn contemplate the advantages of substituting grass with artificial turf. Here are a few things to consider before making the switch. 


What is Artificial Turf?
Artificial turf is composed of synthetic fibers that are made to look like natural grass and have a lasting lifespan of up to 25 years. Some may worry that synthetic turf looks “too fake.” However, various artificial grass options are available to prevent it from appearing faux. Types can vary in the kind of material, pile, height, and color. When we refer to pile, we refer to the grass blades’ height. Artificial turf is excellent because it doesn’t require much maintenance and looks great in any outdoor space year-round! 


What is Natural Grass? 

Traditional to most American homes is natural grass lawn. There are several different species of grass, which vary in the blade, growth, season, shade, and water requirements. Unlike artificial grass, you must pick suitable grass for your climate. Some of the most popular natural grass species are bent, Bermuda, fine fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrass, and tall fescue. Some of these species grow fast, low, or in bunches. Because the grass is natural, the amount of watering can range from once every week to twice a week. Natural grass is also a great addition to any yard. The grass acts as an air purifier and can cool the surrounding area. 


When choosing between artificial turf and natural grass to complete your yard, you must consider the purpose of the lawn. You should also consider who will be using your lawn. Do you have children or pets? Luckily, artificial turf is safe for children. In fact, it boasts some benefits that traditional grass can’t compete with. Made with antimicrobial material to ward off germs and the infill layer that’s installed below, turf offers shock-absorbing fall protection from heights of up to 10 feet, making it the perfect playground. As for animals, artificial turf is safe and incredibly easy to clean. It doesn’t harbor any bacteria and helps to minimize animal odor. Artificial grass encompasses all these aspects, rendering it a perfect selection for many households.