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The Artificial Grass Debate

Wet winters translate into a muddy lawn. Families are moving to artificial grass since always looks good in all types of weather. Artificial turf does not need to be watered, fed or mowed like real grass. Have you thought about artificial turf?

Artificial Turf

The green stuff 

Experts reckon about 3,000 hectares (12 square miles) of garden vegetation had been lost over the last 8-years in the UK. The majority is lost to decking, concreting over gardens, and the use of artificial grass.

Good reasons for artificial turf

  • Not susceptible to flooding or drought.
  • Highly durable, since it can withstand wear and tear and will not fade in sunlight.
  • Long-lasting and has a life expectancy of around 15 years through normal use.
  • Child and pet friendly, as easily cleaned using a light detergent & water.
  • Can be cheaper to maintain over time (no lawn mower etc.).
  • The grass comes in a wide variety of colour, pile, length, texture and design options.

Bad reasons for artificial turf

  • The production of artificial grass can be bad for the environment.
  • Expensive to install if the better-quality turf.
  • Lacks the natural, fresh-cut smell that real grass.
  • Only has a lifespan of 7-15 years, leading to plastic waste.
  • Can get hot in extreme heat.
  • Being made of plastic, the grass reduces the biodiversity.

Artificial turf sales are expected to boom, although most families will need to spend over £6,000 for a 30ft x 30ft professional fitted lawn. Oddly, the term artificial grass has tripled in popularity according to Google Trends. This may be due to people working from home and seeing value in their garden lawn, by keeping it green all year round.

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Date: 25 October 2021 by max robinson