12 Jul 2023
Is artificial grass good for the environment?
Given the current climate crisis – temperatures are rising due to greenhouse emissions, droughts are becoming longer, and weather conditions are becoming more severe – it only makes sense that the question often arises on the eco-friendliness of our artificial grass.
Wonderlawn® has been supplying and installing premium artificial lawns throughout the UK for over 10 years and during it, we have observed that many people remain unsure as to whether artificial grass is beneficial for the environment.
So, is artificial grass good for the environment? Our experienced team answers the million-dollar question and discusses some views below:
Gardens being uprooted
Sometimes we are asked why someone would uproot their natural grass for artificial grass. But from our experience, the reality is that people with a perfectly natural garden and healthy lawn are very rarely interested in our services.
89% of our installations are to replace lawns that won’t grow or to add artificial grass to new build properties, concrete yards, tarmac grounds, timber balconies and gravel drives.
Furthermore, in projects where the grass had to be uprooted, there were significant reasons for it. One example that comes to mind, is an installation in a popular Newcastle Upon Tyne junction installed 7 years ago and still maintain.
The overgrowth of the grass on the Cowgate junction resulted to causing major traffic congestion and safety hazards. Additionally, the amount of maintenance the grassed area needed impacted the traffic continually with lane closures and more traffic jams.
Along with the health and safety issues, the traffic congestion increased vehicle emissions and reduced ambient air quality for drivers, commuters and individuals living nearby.
The amount of water needed to keep a lawn looking healthy varies depending on your local climate, but let’s try and imagine the gallons and gallons and gallons of water that is currently needed during these warm summer months when the temperature hit 32.7 degrees in the south of England just last week.
Now imagine how much water you could save by making use of artificial grass, instead. As mentioned before, droughts are becoming longer, and we all want to help make a positive impact on the environment and conserve vital water supplies.
In the case of water usage, the environmental impact is significantly lower when choosing artificial grass.
Artificial grass doesn’t require pesticides and weed killers
Natural grass also requires fertilizers and pesticides to be maintained. These chemicals not only harm the environment – the use of synthetic fertilizers is a particular contributor to the rising planetary temperature – but can also harm your children and pets, the local environment and wildlife when the chemicals runoff into streams, rivers, and even the sea.
Whereas artificial turf doesn’t need any addition of pesticides and weed killers, it will be beautiful, pest-free, child-friendly and weather resistant with limited and chemical-free maintenance for years to come. Plus, you get to save money at the same time.
This is a reason that not many people think about but one of the most essential reasons why artificial grass is better for the environment.
The above-mentioned fertilizers and pesticides for maintaining natural lawns usually come in single-use plastic bags or spray bottles that cannot be recycled. Single-use items impact the environment and wildlife for years to come.
Furthermore, grass trimmings that don’t get composted, lawn maintenance equipment that is no longer functioning, and other lawn care products are also items that will just end up taking space at your local landfill.
By choosing artificial grass that does not require high maintenance, you can reduce the number of single-use plastics. And above all, Wonderlawn have products that are made with Polyurethane, which means that our grass can be recycled at the end of its life so that it can be repurposed into other products.
Reducing harmful emissions
The upkeep of natural lawns requires the use of lawn mowers quite repeatedly in the spring and summer months. Lawnmowers and other garden machinery that are gas-powered emit air toxins such as carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide.
They can also be dangerous for wildlife due to fuel spills, and their exhaust emissions can be dangerous for your health and especially harmful for children or elderly people with respiratory health conditions.
Artificial grass does not require a lawnmower to maintain it, making your lawn better for the environment.
Lastly, all our artificial grasses are designed to not just look like the real deal but to drain water like it, too. Drainage is always a priority here at Wonderlawn: we utilise a semi-permeable membrane, meaning that water simply soaks into the earth as it would with normal grass.