When you live in a flat or townhouse without a garden, a balcony can be a saving grace – your little outdoor oasis where you can relax, get some fresh air, and spend some time outside alone. Well, that’s the hope, anyway. In many cases, our balconies are just a concrete-based space where dust and dead leaves collect, where we occasionally dry our laundry or store our bikes.
Fortunately, that doesn’t have to be the case. Balconies can be turned into that dream oasis even in the middle of the city with some smart planning. One way many people think about transforming their balcony is with grass, but that raises the question: should you choose real or artificial grass? Read on to learn the pros and cons of each so you can decide.
Pros of Using Artificial Grass on a Balcony
It’s Soft: Firstly, artificial grass is soft year-round and doesn’t have any sharp stones or weeds growing in it. We use polyethylene combined with strong nylon fibres to ensure that our artificial grass is both resilient and
Easily Cleaned, So It’s Ideal for Pets: Keeping pets in a flat can be a challenge, especially if you have a dog that needs taking out to go to the bathroom every few hours. Your dog can use artificial grass and you can simply wash it clean, without turning your grass into a muddle puddle. Just remember that, whether you have real grass or artificial grass, if you don’t remember to clean it from time to time, it may start to smell. For everything you need to know about maintaining artificial grass, check out this blog post.
There’s No Mud: Real grass typically becomes patchy and muddy when used by pets, especially during the winter. You will never have this problem with artificial grass. Whatever the season or weather, your pet can use the artificial and then enter your home without leaving muddy footprints behind them! Click here for help choosing the best artificial grass for your pet.
No Watering Needed: Keeping real grass healthy and lush requires a good amount of water, especially in hot weather or if your balcony is sheltered. Artificial grass will look the same, no matter the weather.
Fire-Resistance: In the devastating event of a fire in your home, some artificial lawns can help the fire to spread but NeoGrass products work to prevent this from happening.
Pair with Artificial Plants or Live Plants: Whether you long for a garden or just like the idea of one, artificial grass can bring this dream to life. If you want to be surrounded by greenery but don’t want to get your hands dirty, artificial grass works wonderfully with artificial plants and trees, but if you want to develop your green thumb, artificial grass works beautifully with your live plants, too. Plus, if you spill some soil on your artificial grass you can easily brush it away without damaging your lawn.
Extremely Easy to Fit: One of the best things about artificial grass is that it is easy to fit and perfect for smaller spaces. It is easily cut to size just with a sharp knife and enables you to follow the exact shape of your balcony. Our artificial lawns can be fitted yourself but if you would prefer a professional touch, you can find your local NeoGrass approved installer here.
It Won’t Die: Live grass needs all the same things as other plants to thrive – it needs, water, light, and drainage. Most balconies have concrete bases, which doesn’t leave much room for roots. Most also have corners where very little sunlight reaches, which may leave those areas patchy.
No Weeds: Anywhere live plants can grow, weeds can, too! We often don’t think that a balcony lawn can get the same weed problems as lawns on the ground, but they can. Weeds get their name for a reason!
Cons of Using Artificial Grass on a Balcony
It’s Artificial: As far as we are concerned, the only con of using artificial grass on a balcony is that it looks artificial – but you are putting it on a balcony! With that being said, NeoGrass products are different from other artificial lawns. We use Natural Look® technology to more effectively reflect light off the plastic fibres which ensures that our artificial lawns look natural no matter where you are standing.
Pros of Using Real Grass on a Balcony
It’s More Eco-Friendly: There’s no way to argue that artificial grass is more eco-friendly than real grass, at least when it comes to small spaces like a balcony. While huge gardens may warrant a ride-on mower that burns through fuel, small lawns don’t have that problem. If you want to help improve air quality in your area, your grass may help.
It’s Real Grass: There isn’t a lot to be said for using real grass on a balcony except the fact that it is real grass meaning that it may look a little more appealing to you and we can’t argue that it can have a lovely smell! However, the cons simply outweigh this pro – you’ll see why now.
Cons of Using Real Grass on a Balcony
Extremely Difficult to Keep Alive: The biggest problem with using real grass on a balcony is that it is virtually impossible to keep it alive. There is no natural base for the roots to cling hold to and there is always going to be either too much light or not enough light for the grass to grow properly.
The Logistics Are Impractical: Even if you can spend the time and money to lay a base of topsoil and gravel and carefully lay grass seeds or real turf, the chances are that this grass may only last a few months or even just a few weeks, especially if you don’t have the time to maintain it! And how will you get those bags of soil and gravel or turf up to your balcony? Probably with some difficulty. All things considered, putting real grass on a balcony simply isn’t worth it.
You’ll Need to Water Regularly, Even in Winter: Another con of using real grass is that it is particularly difficult to water. You might have to carry heavy watering cans through your home or you may be lucky enough to have somewhere you can attach a hose, either way, your balcony grass will have to be watered regularly, and even more frequently during hot weather. The other thing you need to think about is where the water is going to run to. Chances are, your downstairs neighbour will not be too happy about having copious amounts of water raining onto their balcony every day!
You Can’t Just Lay Down Turf: Not unless you’re happy for it to live for a few weeks and then die. Grass needs a deeper bed to survive, so if the roots reach concrete, the grass will die. If you’re happy for the real grass to be temporary it may be an option, but otherwise, you’ll need to consider laying down topsoil first.
If It Does Grow, You’ve Got to Mow It: If you have a well-positioned balcony with plenty of light that’s easy to water, you may be in the perfect position to give real grass a try. Now it’s time to think about how you’ll mow it and what you’ll do with the clippings. You probably don’t have anywhere to store a full-size mower, so you’ll have to choose a push-mower or strimmer, and put the clippings in a composter or the bin. None of this is impossible, but it’s definitely something you need to consider.
If You’re Using it For Pets, They May Eat it or Dig: If you’ve got mental images of your beloved furry friends rolling around in the grass happily, know that they can do that on artificial grass too, and you’ll avoid having your bubble popped by them deciding the real grass is better to chew on or dig up.
Which is best for me?
It’s easy to see that artificial grass is the best option for your balcony. There is very little prep, it can be easily laid, and there is minimum maintenance required! Whether your balcony is just a little haven for you or a space for your pet to have somewhere outside without leaving the building, a NeoGrass artificial lawn should be your first choice.
You don’t have to just take our word for it. We will send you a free pack of NeoGrass product samples so that you can see for yourself how realistic and soft our artificial grass really is. Fill out our sample request form and choose your samples of artificial grass to start your journey towards transforming your balcony with a NeoGrass artificial lawn.