You Are Not Harming The Environment By Having Artificial Grass
Artificial grass was first called astro turf. It is made of polyurethane strips, has a very strong and long lasting backing material and looks very much like real grass. Today it is also called synthetic grass and with significant advance in technology, synthetic grass or fake grass is very safe and realistic.
There are several ways to use artificial grass. It not only reduces cost and maintenance when used in business and residential premises and sport fields, there are no health risks. Synthetic grass brightens up unsightly garden space in business and domestic premises, feels good to touch and looks like natural grass. It is safe for children and pets. If you are concerned about pets be assured that pet waste is easily removed with a garden hose and household cleaner. The drainage system allows liquid to effectively drain away. If your child is allergic to grass, artificial grass will not trigger a reaction.
Universities, parks, schools and recreational facilities that use artificial grass will save on cost and maintenance because there is no need for mowing or watering. In sport facilities in several countries, synthetic grass is used frequently on tennis courts, lacrosse and golf courses.
According to environmentalists, artificial grass is not good for our planet. They tell us that grass, plants and trees are important in the natural cycle to control greenhouse gasses. They use up carbon dioxide, a greenhouse gas, by photosynthesis and convert it to oxygen. There are, however, other factors to consider. Experts say as much as 8% of global warming is caused by maintaining a good lawn by using mowers and other lawn machinery, fertilisers,and pesticides. You will reduce air pollution, use of toxic chemical and water usage by changing to synthetic grass.
Statistics show that in USA, 98 million households use pesticides, herbicides and fertilisers. In fact, annually 210 million tons of pesticides, 90 million pounds of herbicides and 1.2 million tons of fertilisers are used. Lawn pesticides can cause liver, kidney and neurological problems. It can also increase susceptibility or trigger asthma, suppress the immune system and increase the risk of cancer.
Synthetic grass was introduced in the 1960s. It was used on sport fields and the Houston Astrodome was built in 1965. Today with good research and technology, artificial grass are seen in domestic, business and recreational areas. The benefits are significant. You have more time and money in your hands. You spend your spare time enjoying your lawn rather than tidying it. You no longer use toxic chemicals. Lawn mower and other lawn tools are no longer necessary, thereby saving on purchase and maintenance. The surface is tough and durable and in all weather remains consistent. In times of drought and hose pipe bans, while your neighbour’s lawn look worn out and brown, yours will remain lush and vibrant.
Statistics show that annually there is an increase of the use of artificial grass. This is because people are aware of the significant benefits. As for the environment, the loss of natural grass also means that you reduce air pollution by no longer using mowers and other lawn machinery. You no longer use toxic chemicals. There is no release of greenhouse gas, methane, from decomposing cut grass.