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5 Reasons Artificial Grass Can Help The Environment

Spring is in the air; the days are longer with blue skies and sunshine. We all feel the lift of our spirits as we shake off the gloom of winter and look forward to spending more time outside.

But wait. This means gardening – that long arduous battle with Mother Nature and her weeds and moss and ants and slugs. And of course the never-ending fight to fertilise your lawn in the hope the grass really will be greener on your side of the fence.

Artificial grass, however, can be what wins you the gardening war. It has to overcome its bad name – people hear artificial and think ‘plastic’, factory-made, and therefore bad for the environment. But this just isn’t the case.

Here are five reasons why artificial grass can actually help the environment.

Chemical free

Artificial grass is much safer than your natural grass as you will no longer need to use unnatural and harmful chemicals like weed-killers, pesticides or fertilisers. Your lawn will stay luscious without poisoning the earth with these contaminating chemicals. 

A cut above the rest

Artificial grass means no more mowing! Lawn mowers are either electric or petrol powered and this is not good for the environment. A 2001 study into the amount of fumes emitted by gas powered lawn mowers revealed that mowing the lawn for an hour resulted in the same amount of toxic fumes being emitted into the environment as driving a car for ninety-three miles.

Reducing the use of lawn-mowers also means a decrease in carbon monoxide emissions. If ingested at a high level, carbon monoxide poisoning can be fatal. However, even at a low level, carbon monoxide can cause neurological damage.

Save on water

Hot summers usually bring a hose-pipe ban, or if not then a rather large water bill landing on your doormat. Artificial grass maintains its healthy and natural colour without a drop of water, saving you money on your bill as well as saving water.

Artificially natural

Despite being ‘artificial’, the grass is actually made from natural materials, like PP curled yarn. It is EU approved, UV stabilised, and chlorine resistant. It is also 100% recyclable and bio-degradable. So artificial grass is green in every sense of the word.

Soak it up

Artificial grass is usually thought to cause flooding because it does not absorb excess water like natural grass. However, artificial grass is permeable. It is manufactured to have drainage holes in the backing so that water can filter through. So when we have one of those lovely English days where it rains non-stop, you can rest assured that your lawn will soak it up.

So, ‘fake’ grass is friendly to the environment and your bank balance. The Chelsea Flower Show has been using artificial grass since 2010, with one of the heads of the Royal Horticulture Society recognising how far fake grass has come in the recent years.

Artificial grass will give you that luscious lawn you’ve always dreamed about without the heavy expense or hard graft. Not only can you reclaim your weekends and enjoy your garden, instead of working in it, you can also relax knowing that your green grass is doing its bit for the environment too.

Lee Tombs is the Founder of Artificial Grass Installers, with over 10 years of experience, Lee and his team have installed artificial grass in hundreds of homes across Essex, London and Hertfordshire.

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