Synthetic grass has come a long way since the garden-challenged designs of the 1960s and is now popping up on the rooftops of the CBD and the backyards of suburbia.

No longer the bright green “carpet” of the past, today’s artificial grass can be a lush thick lawn that looks just like the real thing to the naked eye and even feels similar under bare feet or the four paws of the family pet.

But you get what you pay for, with price fluctuating with the pile height and the amount of yarn used, with the higher the stitch count, the better – much like the thread count associated with cotton sheets.

In the urban jungle, the use of fake grass for lawns has taken root on surfaces as varied as rooftops and courtyards.

If a large expanse is not to your liking or you want to turf only a small area, it is possible to mix the real and synthetic together.

“Artificial turf is used a lot around high-wear areas like play equipment down the back of a garden.

Why take the artificial path
*It’s UV resistant
*There are pet-friendly options available
*High traffic resistant
*No more yellow patches
*Forget the mower and the hedge trimmer
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