The Benefits of Artificial Grass for your Backyard, Patio, or Balcony

You may be thinking, “fake grass in my yard? Really?” It may seem odd to some, but the benefits of artificial grass for your backyard or patio are definitely something to consider, especially in areas with ranging climates. Real lawns are difficult to maintain and it’s a pain to keep them looking pristine. Patios and balconies often look drab, empty, and in need of some colorful sprucing up. Artificial turf is a great option as a low maintenance, long lasting addition to your outdoor space! If you want the aesthetic benefits of real grass without all the work and the fuss of caring for it, read on!


It’s Low Maintenance

Lawn mower cutting grass

Caring for real grass on a traditional lawn can be quite time consuming. There are tons of overwhelming recommendations for keeping traditional grass looking pristine, including keeping a mowing schedule, maintaining a certain blade length, and dealing with grass clippings. Then there’s the fertilizing, watering, weeding, and pest control to think about. It’s enough to overwhelm even the most driven among us.

Americans spend a lot of pain-staking time caring for their outdoor spaces. An American Time Use Survey revealed that, on average, we spend roughly 70 hours every year maintaining our lawns and gardens. To make matters worse, 1 in 5 Americans rank mowing their lawn as their least favorite chore.

The good news is, there’s an alternative to the painful and time-consuming chore of maintaining a traditional grass lawn. With artificial grass, you can install the turf and simply move on with your life! No mowing required, no watering needed, and no fussing over those pesky weeds.

This low maintenance lawn option means you won’t have to sacrifice your precious weekends to keep it looking beautiful – It maintains its color and form on its own!

It’s Long Lasting

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Have you ever experienced that heartbreaking moment when you notice brown or yellow patches on your precious lawn? After caring for and immaculately maintaining your real grass, a simple week-long drought can really do some damage to the natural blades. Artificial turf, however, can stand the test of time (and heat) without the disappointments of browning, withering, or dying. And it can be maintained without watering, fertilizing, or applying pesticides!

It Saves You Big Money in the Long Run

Piggy bank behind three stacks of coins

While there is a higher upfront cost to installing artificial grass versus a natural lawn, the money you save in the long run deserves some mentioning. Between watering, fertilizing, and other costs, Americans easily spend an average of more than $500 per year on caring for natural lawns. That cost goes up significantly if you pay for services like mowing or chemical treatments. With artificial grass, you only pay for the initial installation and there are no maintenance costs after that. This means you could make up the cost of your artificial grass in just 3-6 years! If you’re a homeowner who plans on staying put for many years to come, your long-term savings with artificial grass will make it all worth it!?

It’s Safe

Meditating man in yellow hazmat suit

I know what you’re thinking. How could fake grass be safer than real, natural grass? Well, when you consider what it takes to maintain a beautiful and immaculate looking natural lawn, you may understand why. You’ve probably seen those tiny flags sticking up on lawns before, right? Those are warning signs that say to keep children and pets off the grass for a while. These flags are posted when the grass is treated with toxic chemicals or pesticides that can be harmful to our bodies.

With artificial grass, you can skip these treatments and ensure your kids and your pets are kept safe from harmful toxins that go along with traditional lawn care. Many artificial turfs are made with hypoallergenic materials that are safe and comfortable for those that are susceptible to irritants or suffer from allergies. They also often have antimicrobial properties that minimize harmful bacteria and the build-up of germs.

Fire safety is another big plus with artificial turf. When droughts happen, natural grass often dies and becomes dry and brittle. This can be a highly dangerous factor when it comes to fire hazards. One dropped coal from a barbeque or one floating ember from your firepit can create a perilous situation in your yard. The good news is, fire retardant materials are widely used in artificial turfs and they reduce the risk and destruction of an unforeseen fire.

When it comes to health and safety, artificial turf outweighs natural grass in many areas!

Looks Real and Feels Soft

Circle of hands and feet in green grass

Great quality artificial turf is soft to the touch and looks like real, beautifully manicured grass. It’s a soft grass-alternative that is great for play time, rough-housing, and lounging. One ColourTree customer said, “the turf is comfortable enough to lay directly on.” Beauty and comfort are possible in your backyard, even without real grass!

No Mess and No Fuss!

Two paw prints in mud

When you have children or pets, playtime in the yard can get a bit messy. Grass stains ruin clothes, muddy paw prints paint your kitchen floor, and grass clippings become sprinkled throughout your carpets. A great benefit to opting for artificial turf for your lawn is that you can cut out the irritating messes! The artificial grass doesn’t need to be cut and doesn’t stain, while the premium drainage of the turf means you won’t have to deal with messes caused by moisture or mud.


If you live in an apartment or condo, chances are your outdoor time is limited. If your small, outdoor space is not inviting, you probably won’t use it often, right? Artificial grass can spruce up this space in more ways than one, and make it a useful place you can’t wait to relax in.

For more ways to spruce up your balcony, check out this blog post!

Aesthetics and Comfort

Artificial grass on patio under tables

Artificial turf can turn the floor of your small outdoor space from a drab wood or cement slab to a lush and green retreat. One ColourTree customer opted for artificial turf on her balcony and said, “It is much softer than the cement and gives me a tiny sliver of green space that is very realistic looking.”?

A Convenient Place for your Dog

Dog laying on artificial grass

When you live in an apartment or condo, taking the dog out can be tedious. If it’s sweltering hot or freezing cold, taking him for a walk is the last thing you want to do, right? One great perk of installing artificial grass on your balcony is that it gives your furry friend a convenient outdoor space to not only do his business, but to get some much-needed fresh air. One ColourTree customer said, “This material is in our puppy's outside den. Seems to make him happy. He plays on it, does his business on it, lays on it.”


Real grass on your lawn can be time consuming and costly to maintain, so you can opt for a cheaper and easier option in artificial turf. You can avoid pesky tasks like mowing and watering while still enjoying beauty and comfort in your yard. If your outdoor space is limited to a balcony or patio, you can spruce it up with a patch of lovely turf and make your small space a bit more colorful. With such versatility in its possible uses, artificial grass can be a great addition to your yard or balcony!

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