I recently removed all the grass from my courtyard and replaced it with artificial grass and I’m SO happy we did it and made the investment. There are a variety of reasons that you might want to add synthetic grass to your landscaping. This video will break down all the pro’s and con’s, different varieties, and price points so you can move forward with confidence.

We used Elite Artificial Grass based in Southern CA: (Please mention that Julie Khuu referred you so I can get a $100 referral credit :) I used this turf for our yard: Imperial Synthetic Turf/ Kids Play

Let me know if you have any questions when it comes to synthetic turf for your yard!
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Hello, everyone, welcome back to the channel I'm, julie.

And today you are joining me on a super special episode.

We recently did a little bit of remodeling in our courtyard and replaced all of our dead grass with synthetic turf.

And I am so happy we made the investment.

There are a variety of reasons why you might want to add synthetic grass to your landscaping.

This video will break down all of the different varieties all of the different price points and the pros and cons.

So that you move forward with confidence.

Here is my courtyard before the turf you can see that there are a lot of dead patchy areas.

I have a huge beautiful tree that shades the entire courtyard, and before because of all of the grass and the watering we got so many mosquitoes, you really couldn't spend any time outdoors and enjoy it without getting bit.

And this is year round.

I have over 500 square feet of valuable real estate here in the courtyard.

And I felt like it was such a waste.

We have this beautiful courtyard, it's, private, it's, gated.

I really wanted a beautifully lush and green landscape so that it echoes kind of that homey feel that I love I met with so many different vendors when it came to specifying the right synthetic turf for our courtyard.

I know that there are a variety of different turf options out there.

And every single vendor carries a different line.

So it's really important for you to vet out all the contractors get to know the products understand the different price points and how much it would cost for the conditions in your current yard.

You have to consider the face weight, the color, the fibers, the pile height, the fuller and denser the turf, the plusher it's going to feel underfoot the sparser and lighter the turf, the less expensive, but it doesn't feel plush or cushy.

I met with so many different vendors and got schooled on the endless variety of turf options.

Tall blades, short blades, thick blades, a range of colors and how it's installed.

So you know exactly what's going in your yard.

These are the three most common types of synthetic turf on the market nylon polyethylene and polypropylene nylon is the strongest type of artificial grass, it's, very stiff and is typically most used for putting greens polyethylene is the most commonly used for yards and landscaping.

It has plenty of textures and a variety of colors polyethylene is the only type that I actually sourced for our project since it was perfect for a play area for kamari.

Lastly, you'll have polypropylene, which is the least expensive and least durable type of synthetic turf on the market.

Polypropylene is most commonly seen in those large rolls that you'll find at the hardware store it's, not ideal for landscaping.

And this type is really best for decorative display only I learned so much from these professionals.

And now I want to break down all the pros and cons of synthetic turf.

So you can make the right decision here are a list of the pros.

Artificial grass is very durable.

It can withstand wear and tear is weatherproof does not dry out.

It can resist pest infestations, especially if you have mosquitoes in your yard, it won't fade or flatten unless heavy objects are placed on top think, outdoor furniture, it's, great for a year-round.

Perfectly green grass.


It doesn't require any watering and it's tougher than real grass.

Artificial grass, doesn't discolor is uv stabilized.

And it typically has a 20 year lifespan, depending on the volume of traffic in the area.

Some turfs can be recycled at the end of its life.

So look out for those varieties and choose the ones that can be repurposed and recycled fleas, ticks and mosquitoes can't live in a yard covered with synthetic grass, because they can't nest breed or feed if you have pets, dogs can actually pee or poop right on the turf, the shorter the pile the easier it is to actually pick up all that poop.

If you have a larger dog and the dog pees on a certain spot in the yard, all you have to do is hose it down.

If you live in an area that's prone to drought, never having to water.

Your grass is actually great for water.



Talk about all of the cons of artificial grass surface, heat, artificial turf holds more heat than natural grass.

So it can feel warm to the touch and get super hot when in direct sun since it's, plastic it's, even hotter than concrete or pavement manufacturers recommend hosing, the turf down 10 minutes before use and play, especially if you anticipate going without shoes, artificial grass does not flame up, but it can melt if something such as hot charcoal falls on it.

Or if it's under intense reflective sunlight from a window.

One of the vendors warned me that if you have double pane windows directly in front of the grass, there's, a possibility that the sun's reflection can actually melt the grass once it's reflected off of those double pane windows.

So make sure you ask your vendor or the specified contractor for more information, the turf can release odors in hot, humid climates, or with pet waste.

So make sure you hose the turf down and use a deodorizer like simple green to keep the turf smelling fresh.

Clearly, artificial grass is plastic.

So it's, not the most environmentally friendly finish, it will degrade and can possibly end up in the ocean.

So look for turf that is completely recyclable and can be repurposed, stay away from builder, grade turf.

These varieties are really low quality, they're, definitely more for budget, friendly options.

But they can look very cheap and tacky in your home, boosting curb appeal with artificial grass, or synthetic turf actually increases your home's value, because it looks beautiful year-round.


Talk about price.

The price of the turf would depend on its shape its size, its color, its density, its face weight.

And of course, the amount of square footage required to cover your space expect to pay between six and eight dollars for low to mid price.

Synthetic grass to be installed mid to high end ranges between eight and ten dollars for material and installation only for more complex installations or to reroute your sprinkler lines.

That is an addition to the price of the material of demo and installation so expect to pay that little up charge based on the material that you're specifying.

My courtyard is a total of 504 square feet.

It cost me 5, 500 to demolish all of the old dead grass to add the synthetic turf and all of the underlayment and to reroute my sprinkler lines.

I originally had nine sprinkler heads in my courtyard, and typically the vendor will cut and cap every single sprinkler, unless you want it rerouted since I have existing planters on the perimeter of the courtyard.

I actually had them place a drip line out there.

And that was an up charge of 600.

If you're following me on instagram, you'll know that I shared a lot of behind the scenes of my entire process.

I mean, this process took a few months to kind of vet out if you're in the southern california area.

I highly recommend the vendor that we chose elite, artificial grass.

I found them on yelp.

And while I received over nine free estimates from so many vendors all around the area.

This is why I ultimately chose them.

They've been in the industry for over 20 years.

They have tons of accolades, and they are actually the highest rated company in 2019 for artificial grass.

I received a lot of less, expensive bids.

And to me, it was really dependent on the type of turf that that vendor carried, even though elite was a little bit of a higher price point than some of the other vendors.

I really respected that the sales person came in and really schooled me, not only on my courtyard and the turf options, but all of the different options that I needed to be able to still enjoy my garden.

And my courtyard specifically where to reroute that sprinkler line how to reroute that sprinkler line what I would put in place.

Instead, I love being able to speak with the reps and have them walk me through the entire process.

So I understand all of the options available out there.

Some of these sales reps didn't, even talk about my sprinklers.

They didn't even understand the condition of the courtyard that I had.

I mean, it was a really simple layout it's, really just one large square, except that I also had a huge tree in the middle.

I had some pre-existing up lights that were in the dirt beforehand, and they didn't even bring that up.

They didn't talk about the melting of the double pane glass.

They didn't talk about the dog waste.

So all in all, you really want to look for the vendor that understands your conditions and will walk you through the entire process.

We ended up going with this multi-purpose.

Kids play turf it's, a 65 ounce face, weight and it's 1.75 inches tall.

There were some varieties that were a little bit longer and a little bit plusher than this.

But what I heard is that obviously the plusher the grass the longer it takes to cool down once you hose it down.

We wanted something that was a little bit lower in pile height to make it easier to clean and maintain another bonus with elite is that they actually give you a referral fee.

You get a hundred dollars for every referral.

So if you're located in the southern california area, make sure that you tell them, julie, koo referred you.

So I can get that hundred dollar credit, I'll share their contact information in the description box and make sure you ask for owen.

I mean, he was so great and really answered all of my questions.

We've had our turf now for over two months, and I cannot stop raving about it.

I absolutely love how it transformed.

Our courtyard, the weekend that we laid the turf down we're, actually out of town.

And once we came home and opened the gate kamari was like running around in the grass.

She was kind of rolling around in it through all her shoes was walking barefoot.

I mean, she was just in heaven.

We've been hosting a ton of playdates with our friends and all these kids and they're, really enjoying the courtyard.

We set up a little play area.

We've turned the sprinklers on and nothing makes me happier than seeing our babies running around the lawn having a blast.

I was never able to use a courtyard like this before turf isn't, right for every home.

So definitely consider your needs your lifestyle and your purpose for getting the turf.

Do you currently have synthetic grass installed in your home? Are you thinking about it? Let me know if you have any questions when it comes to choosing the right turf for your project.

I can't, wait to show you how this courtyard transforms over time right now, clearly, it's a toddler's kids play area, but I could see it evolving into so much more.

We can host alfresco dinners out there.

Host, outdoor movie nights, craft areas.

I mean, there are so many ideas.

And the options really are endless when you have so much valuable square footage that you just added to your home.

If you like this type of content, please give this video, a thumbs up share this video with anyone, you know who is considering synthetic grass for their yard and subscribe to my channel.

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Thank you so much for watching I'll see you next week.



Surface Heat

Artificial grass holds a lot more heat than natural grass. Because of this, and because it doesn't have a cooling effect like real grass does, the air around artificial grass can feel hotter. Not only this, but when you are walking bare foot on artificial grass, it will feel hot to the touch!

What is the disadvantage of artificial turf? ›

Surface Heat

Artificial grass holds a lot more heat than natural grass. Because of this, and because it doesn't have a cooling effect like real grass does, the air around artificial grass can feel hotter. Not only this, but when you are walking bare foot on artificial grass, it will feel hot to the touch!

What are the pros and cons of having artificial turf? ›

To Help You Decide On Your Lawn
Almost pest freeHigh cost to replace
No watering, mowing, or lawn maintenanceCan absorb heat in high summer temperatures
Can increase the value of a home when used in a well-designed landscapeWith cheaper brands, turf sometimes doesn't feel like real grass underfoot
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How long does artificial turf really last? ›

A perk of artificial turf is its longevity. With average use and maintenance, you can expect to enjoy your synthetic grass for at least 20 years, a worthwhile investment that essentially pays for itself in half that time.

Does artificial turf attract termites? ›

February 8, 2021. A common question asked by those considering installing synthetic turf is whether it is susceptible to bugs. Thankfully, the answer is no. Artificial turf does an excellent job at repelling mosquitos, weeds, and various other pests.

Do ticks live in artificial grass? ›

Artificial turf features short blades of grass that never grow, which means that ticks and fleas won't be able to hide out anywhere. Synthetic grass also doesn't retain moisture, preventing ticks from coming in and spreading.

Can fleas live in artificial turf? ›

Pests and Insects In Artificial Turf

Artificial grass can significantly reduce the risk of flea infestation. Fleas cannot live on synthetic grass blades and they can't access the soil to nest. Synthetic lawns can help your family play more freely outdoors without concerns.

How do you clean artificial grass? ›

A damp sponge and a bit of water is usually enough to get rid of any spills. If it's dried on or just a bit stubborn, cleaning artificial grass with vinegar will also work. A half-and-half mix of vinegar and water will usually do the job.

Does dog pee affect fake grass? ›

Well, unlike real turf, artificial grass won't die when a dog pees on it. Dog urine drains away, just like rain, so you won't end up staring out at a yellow sea. Dog faeces will need to be cleaned up, just as you would on a real lawn. Simply scoop the mess up and hose the area down to remove any residual grains.

Does artificial turf drain better than grass? ›

Artificial Turf Drains Better Than Natural Grass

The backing on artificial grass is designed to be extremely porous and will let even more water through to the underlying soil than natural grasses. Top artificial grasses will drain at a rate of up to 1,200 inches per hour – more than enough to beat monsoon season.

How often do you need to water artificial turf? ›

Drought restrictions in California prevent homeowners from watering their natural grass lawns on a regular basis. Because artificial turf is made of synthetic materials, it does not need to be watered at all, except when the homeowner decides to occasionally rinse it off.

Does artificial turf get moldy? ›

Does artificial grass get moldy? Yes, even with rigorous maintenance, it is possible to have fungus or mold spring up in your synthetic turf.

How often should you clean artificial turf? ›

Proper maintenance of artificial turf can help ensure that it remains in good shape long term. Rinse your lawn once a week with plain water, and deep clean at least once a month using the directions below. When in doubt about a surface, always spot test first.

Can mosquitoes breed in artificial grass? ›

The end result is no standing water, so mosquitoes do not have a place to live and breed. Artificial grass is also bacteria resistant, so disease-carrying mosquitoes have less opportunity to harm your family.

Do mice like artificial grass? ›

Moles, mice, rabbits, groundhogs and other rodents often don't hang around long if a natural grass lawn is converted to artificial turf. Moles and groundhogs cannot thrive in an environment covered with artificial turf. They need to be able to burrow close to the grass' surface to survive.

Can bed bugs live in fake grass? ›

Since synthetic grass is drier than natural grass and has no soil to offer shelter to these creatures, it's a much less hospitable climate for them. However, bugs and fleas can still live in artificial grass in certain circumstances.

What are the health issues with artificial grass? ›

Numerous studies have shown that chemicals identified in artificial turf, including polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), phthalates, and per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), are known carcinogens, neurotoxicants, mutagens, and endocrine disruptors.

Is artificial grass a good choice? ›

Artificial grass is ideal for shaded areas as artificial grass does not need the sun to stay looking fresh and healthy. Without sunlight, real grass can die, making shaded areas difficult to care for. Artificial grass won't turn brown, making it ideal for shaded areas where real turf struggles to grow.

Is artificial grass good or bad? ›

While synthetic grass may look and feel like the real thing some simply can't get past the fact that it's plastic. It is hailed for its water-saving benefits, but artificial turf has its own environmental drawbacks. It is a petroleum-based product that creates pollution and waste in the manufacturing process.

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