Being environmentally friendly is all the rage nowadays. Going green and lessening carbon footprint to help mother Earth. Natural beats artificial in almost any respect. That is, until you really do your homework. When one is confronted with the word ‘artificial’ almost everybody will say it’s no good and that it shouldn’t be so easy to mess up this world. There is a big enough problem with plastic and non-biodegradable stuff that we should not be adding artificial grass and turf into the mix.
But artificial turf is better than you think it is. It is not entirely true that it cannot be recycled. There are artificial grasses that are made using recyclable elements. And at the end of its life, what cannot be recycled can be melted and formed into new merchandise.
Maintaining grass requires water. Water that is fast becoming a depleting resource. Real grass need lots of it. The same is not true for artificial grass except when cleaning or when pets do their business there. For the hot days it may need to be cooled down but that is not a daily thing. You can pretty much leave it alone. It also does not need to be mowed thereby reducing fuel consumption and carbon emissions. One less household contributing to pollution.
For rainy seasons there will be less mud to be tracked around when using synthetic grass. It is not slippery when wet. So less chances of fall if your children love playing under the rain. There is also no reason to use fertilizers, pesticides and weed killers to maintain and protect your artificial turf. Over time these pesticides seep into the ground and be potentially harmful when it reaches the water supply eve damage lakes, rivers and the fish and creatures living there.
Artificial grass will seldom have pests and undesirables living in it. This is good news, less bugs, fleas, ticks and wasps. The lesser bugs there are, the lesser frogs there will be. And doesn’t your lawn look better with green grass complementing your flowers?