Is artificial grass bad for the environment?

It may have a few drawbacks, but by and large artificial grass is environmentally friendly when you consider that it can conserve water and reduce your carbon footprint amongst other great green positives. Don’t believe us? We’ve weighed up the environmental pros and cons for you… artificial grass environment

Environmental benefits of artificial grass

Consuming less water

In a time when heatwaves and hosepipe bans are hitting the UK on a regular basis, it’s crucial that we are sensible when it comes to using water. Natural grass gulps it up. During growing months and the summer, it needs to have a constant supply in order to thrive – without it, your lovely green turf will turn brown.

But what about artificial grass? Well, it will need very little water throughout the year. Perhaps the occasional hose down to wash off any dirt and debris, but no more than that. Your water bill will also see the benefit of reduced consumption meaning that your pockets should feel a little heavier.

Cut down on your carbon footprint

Maintaining natural turf properly also requires you to mow it, and what powers lawn mowers? Petrol or diesel. Both emit greenhouse gases which are harmful to the environment. Of course, there’s no need to trim your artificial turf, so you will have reduced your carbon footprint and there won’t be any long blades of grass littering your lawn.

Artificial turf doesn’t need anything toxic

You also don’t need to put a single drop of any toxic liquids on your artificial lawn. That’s because pests, insects, weeds etc. can’t set up house in fake grass, so you won’t have to use any pesticides, weedkillers or any other bottles with a skull and crossbones on the label – meaning your artificial grass will be non-toxic.

On the other hand, unwelcome guests will happily lodge themselves in real grass, which may lead you to reach for toxic materials to combat the issue – posing a risk to humans and any pets.

Environmental drawbacks of artificial grass

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It will stunt soil regeneration

Natural grass will help to produce topsoil which can take centuries to create. Due to the levelling process using compacted soil often required to install your lawn, it stunts natural topsoil production that real grass would support.

You can’t recycle it

Unfortunately, the materials used in fake grass can’t be recycled meaning that it will be going to the tip once it has reached its end. Having said this, your artificial grass should lead a long life of at least 15 years. For more information on the lifespan of your lawn, read about how long artificial grass lasts.

You still aren’t saying goodbye to greenhouse gases

This is one of the main dangers of artificial grass. While you may not be pushing a lawn mower across your garden; the production, supply and installation of your fake turf can all lead to the emission of greenhouse gases.

The machinery used in those three stages added to the large amount of miles taken to deliver your lawn will most likely increase carbon emissions. That being said, the machinery and delivery used in installing a real lawn will also probably add to your carbon footprint.

We’ve talked about how environmentally friendly it is, but if you’re interested in whether it’s lifelike, check out our guide on how realistic artificial grass is! But if you’re already sold on its benefits, then head over to our range of cheap artificial grass.