Artificial Turf & Composite Decking vs Grass & Wooden Decking


What do you love about your garden, and what would you like to improve?

With summer season in full swing, we thought we’d cover the pros and cons of artificial turf and composite decking vs real grass and wooden decking…

Artificial Turf

Artificial turf or artificial grass used to be a hard, very fake looking grass alternative made from plastic. Nowadays there are so many natural looking and feeling options out there.

man installing artificial turf

Pros of artificial turf:

  • Won’t change colour, die, need watering or cutting
  • Can be made from recycled materials
  • Can be very realistic looking
  • Can last for years
  • Looks amazing all the time
  • Great for small spaces, people working away or if you have issues maintaining a real lawn
  • Might be better for hay fever sufferers

Cons of artificial turf:

  • Can be expensive to install
  • Will need replacing at some point
  • Not biodegradable
  • Can get very hot in the sun
  • Not easy to keep bacteria-free if you have pets and kids
  • Doesn’t have the nice smell of real grass
  • Won’t attract insects and wildlife
  • Difficult to secure on sloped surfaces


Composite Decking

Composite decking, or composite lumber, is made up of a mixture of wooden fibres with a plastic outer and a binding agent. These ingredients are blended together to form a wood-plastic material.

composite decking against wooden decking

Pros of composite decking:

  • Denser, stronger, and heavier than wood
  • Made from recycled material
  • Pre-coloured and finished so it’s ready to go
  • Stain, scratch, and mould resistant
  • Weather resistant
  • Won’t splinter
  • Low maintenance
  • Variety of colours
  • More consistent as it’s man-made

Cons of composite decking:

  • Can look fake
  • Mould and mildew may build up in shaded areas
  • Will start to show signs of ageing
  • Can be expensive to install
  • May sag and bend more than wood
  • Requires more support than timber decking does


Real Grass

Grass is vegetation consisting of short plants used for lawns, but there are many varieties of grass such as oats, bamboo and sugarcane. If you’re a lover of all things natural, you’ll understand how important it is to have a real lawn in your garden!

putting down real turf in garden

Pros of real grass:

  • Natural
  • Feels nice under your feet
  • Good for our well-being as the bright colour cheers us up; also producing oxygen
  • Good for wildlife as it lot of bugs, grubs and insects live there; attracting small animals
  • Good for the environment; helping with water, pollution and noise
  • It smells great!

Cons of real grass:

  • It can get discoloured or even die in extreme weather conditions or under lots of foot traffic
  • Needs maintaining – cutting, weeding, feeding, watering
  • May need a lot of water, especially in summer
  • May not be good if you have hay fever

Want to know about mowing, killing moss, watering and feeding your lawn during summer? Check out the ‘Lawns: spring and summer care’ advice from RHS.


Wooden Decking

A deck is a flat surface used for outdoor space, usually elevated from the floor. Wood decking is made up of planks of real wood that are laid down together to make up the deck.

lady staining wooden decking

Pros of wooden decking:

  • Natural
  • Can be affordable
  • Easily cut and stained
  • Environmentally-friendly and sustainable
  • Lots of variety
  • Smells nice

Cons of wooden decking:

  • May start to splinter
  • Can be expensive depending on your choice of wood and the area covered
  • Needs to be treated to last longer
  • May warp or change colour in wet or heat


Artificial Turf & Composite Decking vs Grass & Wooden Decking – Who’s The Winner?

Here at Evergreen Cheshire, we will always favour the natural choice, so love a real lawn! We hope that our blog has given you some food for thought.

We can’t say which is best, as it totally depends on your needs, but here are our thoughts on both options…

If you love being outdoors, gardening and have the time and energy to do so, we would recommend choosing real grass and wooden decking for your outdoor space.

If you’re looking for something low maintenance, are away from home quite a lot, or just don’t have the time or patience; then artificial turf and composite decking would be a great option for you.

Whatever you choose, we can help you create your perfect outdoor space, using the best quality products, to suit you and your needs.

Whether you’re looking for a ‘garden designer near me’, garden landscaping or garden maintenance Cheshire; contact us today!