This is really quite a complex issue. While it’s not necessarily a big concern for a lot of our customers, the surge in recent sales has provoked a reaction from environmentalists stating their concerns about the impact it can have on wildlife and habitat.
Is artificial grass definitely eco-friendly?
The answer is yes; at least, most artificial grass specialists should have their own eco-policy. A policy like this will specifically state that they will only undertake environmentally-friendly installations. But what do I mean by that?
Well, it means they’ll only install artificial grass in areas where trees, shrubs and plants are present. Insects and bees won’t buzz around fake grass the same way they would with real grass, which is why it’s so important to ensure there will be extra vegetation about.
If there are no plants, trees or shrubs in your garden, a good artificial grass specialist will suggest some options before installing your lawn. Most gardens will already have this in place, with artificial grass used to simply compliment a garden.
Good quality artificial grass products are also made from recycled matter. And for dry areas where water is at a premium, artificial grass helps conserve precious water sources.
Fake grass vs real grass
Here are some factors to consider when looking at which is more environmentally friendly:
To get your natural lawn looking its best, it requires a lot of maintenance. This includes moving, blowing, trimming with gas and electric-powered tools – all creating air pollution that far outstrips the oxygen-producing benefits of real grass.
On the other hand, artificial grass requires very minimal maintenance to keep it looking great.Although, you could allow your lawn to grow longer and allow wildflowers to grow. It’s not everyone’s cup of tea, but it is a more natural look!
If you use fertilisers on grass, this can lead to chemicals polluting the groundwater. Those fertilisers are also made from non-renewable sources, such as fossil fuels. There’s also a danger of over-fertilisation. Artificial grass requires no fertilisers or chemicals, and is often less toxic than chemically treated natural grass.
NOTE : Studies in the US showed that some older fake grass (manufactured before 2008) may have contained unsafe levels of lead. Most modern artificial grass is manufactured without this now, and should also be fire-retardant and non-toxic, as well as child and pet-friendly.
Fake grass has a life expectancy of around 20 years if looked after correctly. This makes it a far less costly alternative to real turf, and think of all the years that you’re not mowing, blowing, trimming or fertilising your lawn!
By far, the greatest environmental sin occurs during the manufacturing of artificial grass. This is because the production of artificial grass materials is quite energy-intensive.
Advice from an artificial grass specialist
We’d recommend working with a reputable company that will not sell you a product they know could be potentially harmful. As long as you have other flora in your garden, you shouldn’t be too worried about the environment, and the fake lawn will cut out the issue of constant mowing and fertilisers you’d have to use to get a nice-looking lawn.
We once had a customer who was very environmentally friendly. She was very concerned about fake grass is bad for the environment. However, once we explained all the benefits, and that she would have a nice-looking lawn all year round, she decided it would be a great investment.
She also had a lot of plants and trees in her garden, so we explained that by having fake grass, it wouldn’t affect the wildlife corridor. She also loved the fact that all our products are non-toxic, and now she is very happy with her new lawn and the minimal maintenance involved!