As awareness of the seriousness of the environmental issues the planet faces increases day by day, there is more pressure than ever to keep a watchful eye on the amount of water and energy we use. Whether that means cutting down on the length of time we spend in the shower, wrapping up in jumpers and blankets instead of turning on the heating, or even switching out natural grass lawns for more environmentally friendly alternatives like artificial grass. If you are considering making this change but aren’t quite sure how much of a toll artificial grass takes on the environment, we’ve put this post together just for you. As well as dispelling any misconceptions you might have, it will show how, in many ways, artificial lawns are considerably more environmentally friendly than their natural counterparts.
No water required
Water is a precious commodity and every effort should be made to conserve it – especially in areas and times where water is made scarce by climatic conditions. Artificial grass is one way homeowners can dramatically cut down on the amount of water they use. One of the obvious benefits of having artificial grass instead of natural grass is the lack of water that is needed to maintain it. Watering an average-sized natural lawn uses up 550 litres of water per hour – a startlingly large amount in such a short space of time.
Reduced carbon footprint
Maintaining a natural grass lawn eats up a massive amount of resources and water is just one of them. Through the range of methods that are used to maintain a natural grass lawn – mowing, edging, supplying with fertiliser – huge amounts of carbon are emitted. And while it is true that grass takes carbon out of the environment during photosynthesis, this amount is negligible in comparison to the massive amounts of carbon produced by the lawnmowers, trimmers, edgers and fertilisers that go into maintaining a natural grass lawn. Artificial grass maintenance, which is virtually non-existent, makes tending to an artificial lawn far more environmentally friendly process than tending to a natural grass lawn.
Long-lasting and reusable
An often-overlooked feature of artificial grass is just how long-lasting it is. This varies depending on the quality of the surface but it isn’t rare to find artificial lawns that have been use for decades. Durable and easy to maintain, they can retain their original lustre long after they were first fitted by artificial lawn installers. So much so, that they are also reusable. Should you move house, your artificial grass lawn can move with you. It is this kind of enduring utility that separates artificial grass from natural grass environmentally.
As you hopefully now understand, artificial grass is more environmentally friendly than natural grass in a number of ways. Part of its appeal – how easy it is to maintain – also accounts for its environmental superiority over natural grass. If you are considering installing artificial grass, get in touch with us today.