Real grass needs to be irrigated, mowed and fertilized periodically to maintain a healthy lawn. Some sort of pesticide would be needed in case of insect pests like grubs etc, that make their way into your lawn. Artificial lawns are much easier to care for as they require no mowing, watering, fertilizing or irrigation and do not attract insect pests. Artificial turf can also make it easier to clean-up around the home as there is no mud or grass tracked in, unlike real grass. It used to be that people were having trouble getting past the look and feel of artificial turf compared to real grass, but with technology, artificial turf manufacturers have incorporated brown thatch, multi- coloured blades to artificial turf to mimic the real thing. The blades are much softer now too and are enjoyable to walk on. Both real grass and artificial turf have an environmental impact. Real grass acts as filter for run off, artificial turf uses no fertilizers or pesticides so its runoff is cleaner. Real grass stays cooler than artificial turf which does absorb heat, but not worse than all the asphalt and cement in cities or towns. Mowers and trimmers create emissions and add to noise pollution. Artificial turf costs significantly more than real grass, but these costs are recouped over time as the maintenance costs for artificial turf are minimal. Both turfs have advantages and disadvantages, so consider these before making your choice.