Artificial grass is becoming more and more popular in the UK as people opt for a maintenance-free life. But is making the switch to artificial grass good for the environment? Find out with advice from Essex turf supplier, Paynes Turf.
We get it – it’s very tempting when landscaping your garden to install artificial grass and forget about it: no more mowing, or watering the grass when the weather gets hot and dry. But what impact does artificial grass have on our planet?
What are the disadvantages of artificial grass?
Producing artificial grass uses fossil fuels and by consequence emits carbon into the atmosphere. When installed, this layer of plastic offers no benefits to the environment and our ecosystem at all; insects including solitary bees are unable to burrow into the grass, and earthworms are unable to reach through to the surface to breathe and to eat. Earthworms, in particular, bring many benefits to the structure of topsoil and bring nutrients to improve the quality of the soil. Their constant burrowing aerates topsoil and improves drainage, so if you live in an area rich in clay soil, earthworms are your best friend in the garden.
Unlike real turf, artificial grass doesn’t cool the environment, and when artificial grass breaks down (which it most certainly will), recycling can only take place at a handful of locations meaning that inevitably the waste will end up in landfill.
Artificial grass can also get extremely hot during the summer months, meaning walking barefoot on the lawn is probably out of the question! If you have children and are thinking about installing artificial grass, take into consideration this extreme heat on your child’s bare feet as it may be very uncomfortable for them to play in the garden without shoes on. And don’t forget about your pets too – they might have to hot-foot it around the garden just to have a wee!
We think the benefits of real garden turf are huge – not just for the environment, but for our mental health too; have you ever taken off your shoes and felt the coolness and the fresh texture of real grass in between your toes?
Yes, you will need to mow the lawn when you lay real turf but you’ll benefit from a healthy lawn that supports our ecosystem, and you won’t be adding to our planet’s plastic problem!