There has never been a more important time in the history of the world for environmental concern. The scale of damage to our environment from human-generated activities is at an all time high. Now more than ever before people are aware of the damage caused by carbon dioxide emissions and pollution. They see the effects of climate change in their everyday lives. High summer temperatures and hosepipe bans in hot weather. Horrendous floods caused by rising sea levels, and fierce storms. All these have hit the UK in particular in recent years. The reality of the challenges we face has been brought home to us all. We have a serious responsibility to halt the downward spiral of environmental damage and climate change.
Below are key issues where artificial grass can benefit the environment. The arguments put forward are interesting and concerning. Either way we hope to have made out a good case for how artificial grass can be an ally. To both our generation and the next’s in the fight against global pollution.
The answer is, a lot. Just one hour with a petrol-driven lawnmower is the equivalent of a 100 mile car trip. (*According to the EPA and researchers in Sweden). The best alternative is probably to install artificial grass, thus reducing pollution. Whilst at the same time saving yourself a lot of work.
In many towns and cities where most of the land is covered with concrete and buildings how does the rain water flow away? The answer, of course, is through the storm drains but into these drains also go:
1. Pesticides and fertilisers
2. Paints and old chemicals from your garage
3. Anti-freeze from your car
4. Motor oil either spilled or surplus to requirements
All these pollutants will run straight into the nearest river and rarely go into a water treatment plant. So what about grass clippings? Well they can readily block drains. This adds further complications to the pollution issue. Of course if you have artificial grass you don’t need to worry about sweeping and mulching your clippings. If you invest in an artificial lawn, you will never need to buy fertiliser again. Or worry about how it could be polluting your local river and wildlife.
In the UK, generally regarded as one of the wettest countries in Europe. But there are seven water companies in the South of England which continue to restrict the use of hosepipes and sprinklers even in the middle of winter. A reflection of the serious impact that global warming and water shortages are having upon many people’s daily lives.
If you are worried about how you can water your lawn when the next long period of dry, summer weather arrives, then an artificial grass lawn is the solution.
1. Research and learn more about the plants, wildlife and local weather
2. Chose the right plants – preferably those which don’t use a lot of water
3. Water sparingly, apply mulch and use drip irrigation
4. Identify which pests visit the garden and how to control them with minimal pesticide use
5. Prevent fertilizer and garden debris from going into the drains
6. Read and follow all fertilizer instructions carefully
7. Use native plant species and avoid imported species
8. Build a compost pile
9. Cut your lawn at the highest setting and leave clippings in place
10. Respect your neighbours and keep your garden safe