Sod & Artificial Grass Installation
Sod and artificial grass installation is one of the top services that we offer here at Joliet Landscaping in Illinois.
This is because many people come to us asking about whether they should go with either sod or artificial grass for the landscape of their residential home or commercial business property. Both sod and artificial grass have their pros and cons, and contrary to what many people think, they are actually not quite the same thing. Sod includes natural grass, while artificial grass is not natural.
If you are trying to decide between sod and artificial grass for your home or business property, the following factors should help you make your decision:
The biggest factor in regards to determining the cost of your sod or artificial grass installation is easily the mere size of the area that needs to be covered. In addition, the landscaping materials, irrigation or drainage needs, and the general topography will all play a role in determining the cost of the project as well. Artificial grass in particular has many different options to reduce the cost of the installation, but sod will have less so because the natural grass will be highly sensitive during the initial phase.
When thinking about cost overall when it comes to yards, you should worry less about the up-front installation costs and more about the long term maintenance costs. There’s no question that natural grass in sod is going to have higher long term maintenance costs than artificial grass will, simply because it requires more careful watering, mowing, fertilization, and general care. The trade off, of course, is that natural grass in in sod is, well, more natural and may be more desirable for your house.
Don’t forget to consider the effects of the environment when it comes to general landscaping services as well. Natural grass is good for the environment because it can easily reduce the level of pollutants in the air. However, it also requires a large volume of water in order to stay green, and it also requires fertilizer to remain healthy as well. Artificial grass only requires water in order to cool down, and it also doesn’t need pesticides or fertilizers that can have chemical issues. And once artificial grass has outlived its lifespan, it can easily be replaced and safely disposed of as well.
Aesthetics is not something that you will want to overlook when it comes to your yard. After all, the whole point of having a yard in the first place is really to improve the aesthetic look and value of your home, right? You can work with us to review our different options when it comes to the types of grass that we have for your yard, and you can decide what you think will look best.