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Although nothing is 100% environmentally friendly, there are a number of ways in which an artificial lawn is friendlier than its natural equivalent. Many people are concerned with the environmental impact of artificial grass, but here are a few reasons why it is greener than you may expect…
It is no secret that maintaining a natural lawn requires an excessive use of equipment such as lawn mowers, trimmers, scarifiers etc. As they all require fuel to run, they increase the use of fossil fuels, which emit environmentally damaging greenhouse gases.
An artificial lawn needs very little maintenance and doesn’t require the use of this fuel consuming equipment. Therefore, artificial grass can actually reduce your carbon footprint.
Real grass requires water, especially in the warm summer months, to preserve its lush, healthy appearance. Millions of gallons of water is wasted every year on preserving grass health and appearance.
An artificial lawn eliminates this wastage. It’s lush, green appearance can be maintained without the excessive use of water.
In addition to equipment and water, natural grass needs fertilisers, pesticides and weed killer for general maintenance. These chemicals can be harmful towards humans and animals, especially pets.
In contrast, artificial grass is toxic free and pet friendly. It doesn’t require the use of these harsh chemicals and, therefore, lowers environmental toxicity levels.
It is widely believed that artificial grass is damaging to garden wildlife, specifically birds, bees and many invertebrates. Whilst it’s true that animals won’t be taking up residence in your artificial lawn, their habitats can be preserved through plants, flowers and soil in other parts of the garden.
As displayed in the photo above, artificial grass and vegetation can be combined to produce a natural and vibrant garden. Not only does this preserve wildlife habitats, but it also protects them from the toxic chemicals present in natural lawns.
Artificial grass can be an environmentally friendly alternative to a natural lawn. The low maintenance requirements reduces carbon emissions, water wastage and toxicity levels, limiting damage on the environment.
It is green in both its appearance and environmental impact.