When it comes to your garden, the last thing you would consider is how environmentally friendly your grass is. But, in a world where we all need to be more conscious of our carbon footprint, considering the eco-friendly artificial grass may be the first step in achieving a ‘greener’ garden.
Whilst in the UK we are never short of rainfall, in the summer months you may be tempted to water your grass to keep it looking fresh and green. Despite this being a rarity for a few months a year, it is still unnecessary water usage, which an artificial lawn does not require. Artificial grass retains its fresh green colouring year-round and only requires hosing down when it attracts dirt or pet messes.
Just as you can recycle your plastic bottles, there are in fact a variety of artificial lawns which are also recyclable. If you reach a point during your lawns 25-year life span where you want to replace it (hopefully for something even more eco-friendly), it can simply be melted down and repurposed- perhaps turned into your new lawn!
Simply maintaining your lawn creates an increased carbon footprint, whether it be from mowing your lawn, trimming your borders or whacking weeds! Each uses a fair amount of electricity or petrol every time your lawn needs tidying up. The artificial grass lawn on the other hand doesn’t require any of this maintenance, so will not only help you to save the environment but also save money.
Most avid gardeners will be no strangers to slug repellent, weed killer and fertilizer- each helps your grass look fresh and keeps nasty pests away. Unfortunately, each of these products is extremely toxic, creating a dangerous environment for humans, animals and particularly, the environment itself. If any of these chemicals washes into local rivers, ponds or streams, the ecosystem could become irreparably damaged. Synthetic grass alternatives don’t require any of these toxic solutions.
For those really looking to create an eco-friendly space, it is worth noting that water runoff systems can be set up when installing an artificial lawn. Unlike real grass, artificial lawns do not absorb rainwater which means often it will just sit on top before evaporating, this water can then be repurposed to hydrate surrounding plants and trees. Whilst it is a rather costly system to install, it’s a no brainer for those really looking to create an environmentally friendly space.
Manufacturers of artificial lawns are always trying to find new and innovative ways of creating eco-friendly products. Whilst many would argue you can’t beat mother nature’s natural lawn, for those avid eco conscious gardeners an artificial lawn may in fact be the way forward. If you are someone that is keen on ensuring your garden looks neat and well-tended year-round but have concerns for your carbon footprint you may want to consider an artificial lawn.
Proud Gardens provides artificial grass installations in the Birmingham area, including , Alcester, West Bromwich, Tamworth, Redditch and Solihull. If you’re interested in moving to the high-quality, low maintenance artificial grass lawns, or if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate contact us.