The artificial lawn industry has grown quickly over the last few years. Once only used on large-scale sports pitches, it’s now just as likely to be seen as the lush surface for a neighbouring garden as for a football field.
The reason for this increase in awareness in the product and the benefits to using one covers three areas; the enhanced technology to create fake grass which looks just as good as the real thing, the economic savings due to the durability factor and helping the global climate.
Great addition to a busy lifestyle
Creating and maintaining a real lawn takes a great deal of time, effort and often – money. From grass seed or slabs of turf to products to maintain it and keep disease at bay as well as the need for some kind of lawnmower, keeping a garden green and tidy can be expensive.
Time is also a precious commodity when keeping a garden looking beautiful with a demanding job or the need to look after the children. Mowing the lawn alone can easily take a couple of hours and it has to be tied in with good weather; difficult when the British summer can be so unpredictable. For those who own a second home or perhaps have mobility issues, keeping a real lawn looking smart can be challenging.
With good quality fake grass however, the lawnmower can be sold and weekends can be spent relaxing with friends enjoying the view.
Unusually warm weather can mean hosepipe bans and restricted water use. This is never good for a proud gardener as the lawn is always the first feature to suffer if it can’t be watered. An artificial lawn will always look emerald green and there’s no impact on local reservoirs.
As well as the look of the grass, a turf lawn often requires fertiliser to keep the soil healthy. This adds chemicals to the ground and in the long term is damaging. Artificial lawns mean no additional products are required so packets of pest control products and visual enhancing concoctions can safely be disposed of. Without the use of chemicals, homeowners can have the peace of mind that the water running from their lawn isn’t chemical-filled and polluting the drainage systems.
Pets, pools and popular places to relax
Dogs will often have ‘runs’ in a lawn; they will walk on the grass in the same pattern time and time again and after just a few weeks there will be visible earth patches which are very difficult to tackle. Artificial lawns are tough and look just as new however often pets play in the garden.
Lawns around swimming pool edges become water-logged, muddy and in turn visually displeasing. Those using the pool edge will carry dust and dirt from the ground into the pool but this doesn’t happen with fake turf as there’s no need for it to sit on bare soil.
Those with flats or apartments may have the use of a roof terrace. These are now becoming popular to turn into sky-high gardens but obviously it is impossible to create real grass a number of storeys high. Artificial grass looks fantastic in a roof garden setting and is much softer on bare feet than concrete.
An artificial lawn then is the solution for all; looks fantastic, will never seem bare or muddy and is quietly reducing carbon emissions and atmospheric pollutants. All round it’s a great technology which is set only to increase in popularity over the years to come.