Save time, money, the environment and enjoy your fake grass all year round
More people including householders and those responsible for the upkeep of a commercial space are turning to artificial grass as a low maintenance alternative to a real surface.
As manufacturing techniques have improved vastly in recent years, artificial grass is enjoying a surge in demand as users take advantage of its various benefits.
1. Low maintenance
A huge advantage of artificial grass is the very low levels of maintenance required compared to the upkeep of a real grass surface.
While much time and expense can be taken over real grass with mowing, trimming, feeding, fertilising and weeding, a fake surface by contrast requires minimal levels of maintenance.
The only upkeep required for artificial grass is the occasional sweep to remove debris and get the blades to ‘stand up’ if they’ve flattened down a little.
2. Low costs
For some, artificial grass is perceived as an expensive option based on the initial investment required to buy and install it.
Given that a fake surface should last about two decades, over the same period considerable sums would likely have been spent on real grass:
• Mowing – the cost of a lawn mower and powering it whether by electricity or petrol.
• Feeding and fertilising – the costs of buying these.
• Weeding – the costs of weed killer.
• Replacement – certain areas may become worn or damaged so would need replacing.
• Watering – extra spent on the water bill for running a hose or sprinkler.
Some estimates put overall lawn care at around £6,000 over a 10-year period; by contrast it’s entirely possible no money would have been spent on an artificial surface.
3. Climate issues
The UK’s changing weather patterns where rain falls in larger amounts over shorter periods makes garden and lawn maintenance more difficult.
It’s predicted by the RHS (Royal Horticultural Society) that UK garden lawns will be replaced in increasing numbers by artificial surfaces for this reason alone.
As with costs, a perception is that fake grass is less environmentally friendly than the real thing, but the opposite is likely to be the case.
Artificial grass is made of recycled plastics and can be disposed of in an environmentally friendly way when it reaches the end of its life. By contrast, real grass can have an adverse environmental effect in the following ways:
Mowing – fossil fuels are used such as petrol or resources such as electricity.
Water – at a time when the UK generally faces water shortages, large quantities are used nationwide to water grass.
Fertilisers and feeds – often chemical based, these can be washed into the drains through rain or watering
Artificial grass can be used pretty much all year round while real grass is out of bounds at certain times.
Frosty conditions aren’t good for real grass as it can sustain damage if walked on during frost. Excessively wet conditions can also cause damage to grass not to mention the inconvenience of mud and wet being traipsed indoors – an issue where pets are concerned.
Even excessively dry conditions can cause damage to real grass as it’s susceptible to wear when the ground is bone dry.
It’s clear there are compelling reasons for people to choose artificial grass, and the improvements in quality and the sheer choice of finishes and types available makes it a winner.