It’s not easy being green: the pros and cons to artificial grass

Artificial grass is becoming more popular due to its low maintenance and the benefit of always looking green. It requires no watering or feeding and can last up to 25 years. But is it really as good as it sounds? The pros and cons have been debated for many years when it was first introduced towards the end of the 1960’s. Since then it’s come a long way in look, texture and environmental concerns. 

What is Artificial Grass?

Basically, artificial grass is made of polymers which is plastic. If this makes it sound like its hard and prickly, like sitting on a pile of lego, then don’t worry! The way the grass blades are shaped and cut change the texture and make the synthetic grass feel soft to the touch while still being durable. 

Artificial Turf


  1. Easy to Maintain.

Artificial lawn is easy to maintain as it doesn’t need water, fertiliser, weeding or to be mown. All it needs to remain looking beautiful is good sweep with a broom or a once-over with a vacuum cleaner to clear any debris like fallen leaves and dust.

  1. Always green.

Unlike living grass, artificial lawn isn’t affected by drought, excess water or enthusiastic pets. It stays looking green, lush and healthy with no unsightly brown or yellow patches to ruin the view. With the advances in technology, colour and length artificial grass looks almost like the real thing, with basically no effort from you.

  1. Great for kids

Artificial grass is great for kids because there’s no mud, weeds or bindies to hurt little feet. If your child suffers from a grass allergy, then they can play outside without fear of sneezing or itchy rashes. And you can say goodbye to needing to drag and shove your kid’s toys around the yard to avoid dead patches underneath!

  1. Save on water.

Maintaining living lawns accounts for a huge amount of residential water use. Artificial grass only needs a little water to wash it down, then it’s good to go. 



  1. Not real grass.

This is an obvious one, but should be stated. As much as it looks like real grass, it isn’t. Theres no mowing needed (which may be a benefit) but means if love the smell of fresh cut grass maybe this isn’t the right option for you.   

  1. Higher up-front cost

The cost for installation of artificial grass is generally a little higher than turf. Although once it’s done the long-term costs to maintain artificial grass are significantly less than living grass.

  1. Heat

As artificial grass is made of plastic, it can heat up in the sun. If your yard has no shade, this provides an opportunity to plant trees and create shade to make the space usable all year round. 

At Iconic Outdoors we work with you to find the best solution for your space that suits your lifestyle. We use FieldTurf, an Australian company that supplies artificial turf in a great range to meet all your requirements. Iconic Outdoors are experts in installation, so all you have to do is sit back and enjoy!

And if reading this list has changed your mind about artificial lawn, we have a whole range of other grass-free options like bark mulch, paving and decking, to create a low maintenance backyard oasis for the whole family! So contact us today on (02) 6360 1001 for a free consultation. 

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Excavator & Bobcat Loader Operations

We can take care of all the prep work for your backyard construction and transformation with excavator and bobcat operations. We use an E20 2T Excavator and 110 Tracked Bobcat, and can operate in narrow or tight access.

Bark Blowing

If you need mulch for your garden or soft bark chips for your play area, we can install it in bulk in hard-to-reach places to save you time and money.

Silt Fencing

For effective and simple erosion control on sloped blocks or areas prone to washing away, we do silt fencing with woven fabric and hardwood stakes. You’ll be able to create tiered garden beds easily without worrying about rain washing away plants, soil and mulch or barkchips.


There are a lot of concrete options available to match your space – we do colours, stencils, patterns and stains so you can choose something that matches your taste, space and lifestyle.

Garden Edging

For a functional finishing touch that subtly structures your garden, try garden edging. We do steel edging (using mild steel, galvanised steel or Coreten steel), paver edging, spade edging and timber edging.

Lighting & Electrical

Lighting your outdoor space is only limited by your imagination. Lighting can transform an entertaining space and highlight your backyard features. We install high quality lights including dusk to dawn sensors for a space that seamlessly adapts to your lifestyle.

Artificial Turf Prep & Installation

Artificial turf technology has improved significantly, with a large range of realistic turf on the market. We excavate your space, compact the base, install sand and turf for a low maintenance turf option with a range of styles, colours and piles available.

Prepping & Planting Gardens

Can’t get on top of your garden? We can lay down the foundations for your garden to thrive over the long term. We do rotary & ripping hoeing, soil testing & use of organics, gypsum and slow release fertilisers.

Lawn Seeding & Aeration

We seed Fescue, Couch, Rye Grass and Kikuyu lawn. Our Hydroseeding method can assist with rapid growth and long-term establishment.

Water Features

Water features and waterfalls are a beautiful focal point in an outdoor space, bringing tranquility to a backyard. We create in-ground and above ground water features and ponds using stone, concrete, stainless steel & copper.


To enclose your yard or pool, we specialise in timber, post and rail, glass, steel, aluminium, rural and security fencing. Not just for functionality, we pride ourselves in creating fences for aesthetics.

Steel Structures

To give your outdoor space some structure and create rooms in your garden for exploring and entertaining, we do arbors, archways and patios of any size. Choose painted steel for a grand, polished finish or rusted steel for a sophisticated, industrial finish.

Retaining Walls

Our expert team have built thousands of metres of retaining wall for happy homeowners. Using timber, concrete sleepers, stone, stacked block or Bessa block, you can achieve whichever style of wall you have in mind for your backyard transformation.


If you’ve always dreamed of building your great Australian deck for summer entertaining, we use ModWood Composite, Merbau or Stringy Bark decking to create a perfect pool area, entertaining space or verandah. No job is too hard – we do curved decking and full custom builds.


Thinking about revamping your pool area, courtyard, garden paths or entryway? We use high quality concrete, plastic, ceramic, clay and stone pavers, laid in expert patterns including herringbone and mosaic styles.

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