Choosing Between Natural Grass & Artificial Turf for Around the Pool

Synthetic lawn installed around a swimming pool in Sydney

Australian summers can be extremely hot, and one way to beat the heat is to relax in your pool in the comfort of your garden. Your pool can be a gathering place for your friends and family, and many see a lot of use that continues well after the summer months have come and gone.

Spending time in and around your pool can be the highlight of your family’s summer memories, and it’s an excellent way to catch up with all of your friends. Because this is so important, it isn’t unusual for a homeowner to pay special attention to the area around their pool to ensure that it looks beautiful and manicured, no matter how much traffic goes over it. This detail leads a lot of homeowners to question if they should have natural grass or artificial turf around their pool and entertainment area.

For you to be able to make an informed decision, let’s take a look at the biggest differences between artificial turf and natural grass.

Which is Better Around Swimming Pools: Natural Grass or Artificial Turf?

Many homeowners’ first choice would be to go for natural grass automatically because it’s familiar. After all, most of us grew up with natural grass as a ground cover and we did fine. When your grass is healthy and you perform routine maintenance to keep to manicured and well-maintained, it can be a beautiful addition to any yard or pool area. However, it is important to remember one key difference. As children, we most likely connected natural grass with having fun and playing, but as adults, the focus shifts to work, and a lot of it, to keep any natural grass in top condition.

You have to remember that natural grass doesn’t just look good by itself. It takes regular lawn mowing, aerating, fertilising, weeding, and watering to keep it healthy and presentable. These processes take a lot of effort and time on your part, and it doesn’t guarantee that the final product will be healthy, or attractive and evenly coloured. You could use this time to enjoy sitting by your pool instead, and this is the first reason why you may want to consider artificial turf.

Artificial turf still allows you to enjoy the look and feel of a gorgeous, well-manicured lawn, but without all of the time and effort spent on maintaining it. For artificial turf upkeep, you may have to pull an occasional weed or spray it once a month to remove dirt and debris, but that’s all! So you get all of the benefits of natural grass with a fraction of the work.

The second important consideration is how heavy the traffic is going to be in your yard and around your pool area. During the hot Australian summer months, your pool area is going to get a lot of use, including splashing, jumping, running, and playing. This means that having a durable ground cover that can easily withstand this heavy use is a must. Natural grass wears in spots, especially with heavy use. With artificial turf, you won’t have to worry because it’s manufactured to withstand heavy use.

The area around your pool will also see higher water rates from all of the splashing, diving, and playing in the pool. Your lawn won’t tolerate all of this excess water very well, while artificial turf can handle excessive water with no issues. You also won’t have to worry about puddles or muddy feet with artificial turf because its permeable backing allows for water drainage. Also, artificial turf can be safer for your guests and pets because it doesn’t get slippery when it gets wet.

Chemicals are another concern with natural grass. If you use pesticides in your maintenance routine, they can easily get into your pool. On the other hand, chlorine from your pool can and will kill natural grass, leaving unsightly brown spots.

Running feet will likely introduce blades of grass into your pool water, and this means you’ll spend more time skimming the pool to remove any debris in an effort to avoid clogged filters. Muddy feet can also introduce mud into your home and across your nice clean floors.

Both options are nice for lounging outside, but with artificial turf, you’ll have fewer bugs, and you won’t have to worry about tracking mud everywhere. Both options heat up in the sun, but artificial turf tends to get slightly warmer. You can easily remedy this with a shade structure, or by spraying it off with water as this will cool it down quickly.

The final thing you want to consider is the amount of water you’re using to upkeep your natural grass. Australia’s dry season often brings droughts, and everyone needs to be aware of how much water they’re using and try to conserve it. You don’t have to give up your pool to do this, but artificial turf will make water conservation much easier as you don’t have to water it to keep it looking gorgeous. You can use artificial grass along with paving stones, concrete, wood, or bricks to create a beautiful backyard oasis that your entire family can enjoy all season long.

Call Lifestyle Lawns Australia to discuss options for turf around your swimming pool.