ARTIFICIAL GRASS HELPS THE ENVIRONMENT
Never has there been a more important period in the history of the world than now for environmental concerns. The sheer scale of environmental damage due to human-generated activities has never been higher. No wonder artificial turf is now the go-to alternative for landscaping, both residential and commercial as it’s not only hassle free and better-looking but environmentally friendly.
It’s Never Toxic
A major advantage of synthetic grass over a natural one is that it will never become toxic. This is because it doesn’t require fertilizers, pesticides, weed-killers, and herbicides for protection. Real grass must be protected from diseases and pests. The risk arises when the harsh and toxic chemicals finally end in the local water sources such as streams, rivers, and ponds through the process of surface water runoff.
Once they reach water sources, they pose a potential risk to both animal and marine life. Just imagine how potentially dangerous it becomes if these toxins also find their way into the water we drink. Excessive amounts of toxins in the water can also cause the growth of algae in streams and rivers, in the process killing fish and vegetation.
Maintaining a live lawn can be a pain. As soon as you finish the cycle of applying chemicals, mowing, watering, edging, raking, etc., you need to start it all over again. After all that effort, your lawn repays you with dead patches, uneven color, and stubborn weeds. Fido, your dog then adds several “potty spots” and unsightly scratched-up holes.
With artificial grass you will no longer have to worry about sweeping the yard/lawn and mulching the clippings. Artificial grass allows you to enjoy your yard without having to expend unnecessary energy or encounter constant frustration.
A typical sports field covered in natural grass requires around 500,000 to 1 million gallons of water annually. For every square meter of natural grass that you replace with artificial grass, you will be saving 2,200 gallons annually which translates to between 4 and 8 billion gallons of water conserved annually.
Unlike natural grass, synthetic turf doesn’t absorb water; it simply drains through the surface into storm sewers for recycling. This infrastructure can even be used to harvest runoff water.
Installing synthetic grass helps in reducing noxious emissions typical with lawn movers and maintenance equipment. A push mower is estimated to emit as much pollution in just a single hour as would 11 cars while a riding mower’s emission is comparable to 34 cars. With artificial grass, you can say goodbye to the temperamental and polluting mower, leaf blower, edger and the entire lawn maintenance fleet.
The fact is that what surrounds us dramatically impacts our attitude as well how we appreciate outdoor spaces. Synthetic grass looks cool, lush, and always inviting, irrespective of the current weather, giving us an environmental lift whenever we look around.
As is evident from the above points, artificial grass has its share of pros and cons but the consensus is that its more eco-friendly compared to real grass. While not perfect, who knows what the future holds because manufacturers are continually improving how it’s being made. A time may come, and possibly very soon, when artificial grass will be 100% safe and eco-friendly.