Artificial grass isn’t as green as it looks. Why would you fake it when you can have the real thing?
While artificial grass might be a tempting option for some, it’s not as great, or green, as we’re led to believe.
It’s advertised as low-maintenance:
You don’t need to mow it; there are no weeds; it will always be green and won’t suffer from dry, brown patches.
BUT, you will need to clean it to eliminate stains and smells and water it to cool it.
You don’t need to wash real grass and it cools itself through transpiration!
What’s so bad about artificial grass?
The clue is in the name – it’s FAKE GRASS!
❌ It’s plastic, so it’s definitely NOT environmentally friendly. It’s made using fossil fuels, isn’t easily recycled and contains hazardous substances.
❌ It does nothing for biodiversity.
We’re losing so much of our natural landscapes and wildlife habitats as it is.
We need to hold on to and protect as much of them as we can for the sake of wildlife and ourselves.
And the easiest place to start is our own gardens.
❌ It gets HOT!
In fact, in high temperatures, it gets hotter than concrete. It’s reported to have burnt the paws of pets – so it will burn your feet too!
We know not to walk our dogs in the heat, especially not on hot concrete. So why would you want something that gets even hotter than that in your garden?!
❌ It doesn’t give the endorphin-enhancing benefits that walking barefoot on real grass does!
What can you do to help?
Don’t have fake ‘grass’ in your garden!
🌱 Real grass is great for the environment. It traps carbon dioxide and releases oxygen. It also provides homes and food for wildlife including worms, bugs, bees, birds and mammals.
🌱 Encourage and help pollinators, invertebrates and birds by letting some of your lawn grow long and do its natural thing. Your very own country meadow! Keep some of your grass short aswell so that birds can find food such as ants.
🌱 Have as many trees and plants in your garden as you can. They’re great for biodiversity and will brighten up your garden!
We only use the real thing at Oakley Turf Farm!