Nothing beats the sight of an eternally lush, fresh-looking, green yard. This is why artificial grass is quite a popular choice among homeowners and building administrators. However, the biggest concern (and the biggest selling point) of artificial grass is not the appearance, but its claim that it’s much more environmentally friendly than growing natural grass in your lawns. In this case at least, artificial really beats natural.
Artificial Turf Is Safe
While the term ‘artificial’ and ‘synthetic’ have always been a part of the product’s name, there is nothing fake about the numerous claims on its effectiveness in saving the environment. In fact, a scientific research led by students from the Guangzhou Institute of Geochemistry of the Chinese Academy of Sciences noted that the health risk factors of artificial turf are not much higher than natural grass, thus the difference is almost negligible. This result supports what many researchers and scientists have been saying all along: that artificial grass poses no health risk despite the infamous health scare that started the ball rolling.
The Environmental Impact of Using Artificial Turf
As the safety of artificial turf has been established, its environmental advantages over natural grass can finally be highlighted. For years, consumers who use artificial grass on their lawns and grounds have been silently saving Mother Earth, one step at a time. Here are some of artificial grass’s environmental benefits that you might be interested in.
No Chemical Requirements
Unlike natural lawns that need a regular dose of fertilizers and pesticides to grow beautifully, artificial turf foregoes this particular step since you don’t need chemicals to keep it alive and healthy.
The use of chemicals has always been linked to the rising trend of soil pollution and have also been accused of negatively affecting freshwater sources as chemicals tend to seep through and leach on both groundwater or streams. Furthermore, the use of pesticides have been named as possible culprit in deaths of numerous insects (and some birds) that are essential in to ecological balance.
Does Not Use Water
Just like chemicals, artificial grass does not need large amounts of water daily to thrive. According to the Synthetic Turf Council, every household, commercial area, and public park in the U.S. that utilize artificial grass save millions of gallons of water daily – enough to supply thousands of American families. This is particularly important for areas like Arizona which is currently implementing a water-metering system for effective water-resource planning. The water-metering system is typical for areas in the U.S. that are exceptionally dry for most of the year, especially during summer.
Cuts Maintenance Expenses in Half
While artificial turf is not totally maintenance-free, it needs just a fraction of maintenance requirements of natural lawns. If you think this has nothing to do with saving the environment, think again. With artificial turf, you don’t have to use petrol-driven lawnmowers nor electrically- powered leaf blowers, and other similar equipment. Less usage means less consumption of energy in the form of fuel. It also reduces the overall carbon footprint of your household. Artificial turf also produces zero grass clippings, which is considered the third largest municipal waste in the country.
Makes Infertile Soil Usable
This isn’t to say that the installation of artificial grass involves some kind of sorcery. It’s just that spaces that are not suitable for planting natural lawns (like concrete, for instance) may be beautified through the installation of natural turf. Of course, making your yard more appealing has the happy side effect of increasing your property value, so it’s totally a win-win situation for you.
Get professionals to install artificial grass on your lawn to start enjoying a lawn that stays green all year long, while doing your bit to save mother earth.
Broader environmental considerations, DepartmentofLocalGovernmentSportandCulturalStudies.WA.gov.au
Water Metering, ArizonaDepartmentofWaterResouces.gov
HEALTH & ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT, SyntheticTurfCouncil.org