Why Artificial Grass Can Save the Planet

20 April 2019

By the PermaLawn Team

The state of the planet is a hot topic in today's changing climate and many people are beginning to consider how their use of resources affects it. This is particularly true when considering home and garden improvements and renovations.

Last year, the Royal Horticultural Society said that climate changes are having an impact on how people are gardening in the north of England. With increased rainfall, we see elevated garden maintenance tasks and during periods of severe drought, which we saw during the extended heat wave in 2018, natural lawns are withering away and dying.

How Artificial Grass Can Save the Planet

Replacing a withered lawn with artificial grass

When tackling the replacement of dead or dying natural grass, many homeowners are now thinking about the use of artificial grass. A sharp rise in the uptake of synthetic lawns was seen late last year as natural ones died during the heat wave.

The popularity of artificial grass has been steadily rising for a number of years, and there are many reasons for this. The quality of synthetic lawn matting has increased significantly during the last decade and today's surfaces can be hard to tell from the real thing.

Family use of the garden can rise significantly when artificial grass is used, and maintenance vastly reduced, but why else might artificial surfacing be popular from an environmental perspective?

The environmental benefits of artificial grass

Reduced chemical use - Natural lawns suffer from the invasion of weeds, moss and other unwelcome additions for which chemical weed killers and treatments are commonly used.

Chemical treatments can be harmful to garden users, both humans and pets, and can be harmful to the environment, particularly if you live near to a natural water source or course. Some chemical pesticides can become airborne, affecting both people and plants nearby. Other chemicals are designed to sit on the surface, where they can be picked up and distributed by animals and people and carried into the house or washed somewhere else by surface rainwater. Some chemicals seep into the soil and become absorbed this way, poisoning the soil and eventually making its way into local rivers and streams.

Artificial lawns need no such treatments, dealing with weeds using a weed-suppressing membrane and remaining in good condition all-year-round without the need for chemical additives.

Reduction of the carbon footprint with greatly-reduced lawn maintenance - Artificial grass requires no mowing and this reduced maintenance is one of the biggest contributing factors to the rise in its popularity across the UK. Petrol mowers and strimmers throw out emissions when used, and this contributes to the carbon footprint of the average homeowner.

No watering required - Watering a natural lawn is a part of routine maintenance during the warmer weather. Excess water usage is not kind to the environment.
During long spells of dry weather, many local authorities issue guidelines for water usage, and some introduce a blanket ban on the use of hosepipes or sprinkler systems. Watering is not an option during these periods, and this leads to withering of natural grass.

Artificial lawns not only offer families the chance to use the garden for longer periods, all-year-round, but also to greatly reduce their impact on the environment. Think about artificial grass for your garden renovation this summer.

PermaLawn offers homeowners a wide selection of artificial grass yarns suitable for every expected use, from a smooth, flat putting green effect to a hard-wearing matting for family sports and pool use. Find your ideal artificial grass yarn in our shop today.