4 Surprising Environmental Benefits of Using Artificial GrassOakview Landscaping
Not everything labelled as natural is more environmentally friendly than their synthetic counterparts. Take artificial grass as an example. Admittedly, its production isn’t completely eco-friendly. However, its residential use is arguably more environmentally friendly for the following reasons:
1. It doesn’t require excessive watering.
When it’s drought season, many homeowners water their traditional lawns to maintain their greenness. They also do it to prevent such from drying out, reducing the risk of having new fire hazards in the form of dried grass. This won’t be a problem if they only need a few buckets. Sadly, this isn’t the case as gallons of water are being sought every year just for lawns.
With artificial turf, you’ll still use water for maintenance especially if you have to get rid of pet poop. The good news is that the water you’ll need is considerably far less than that for a traditional lawn.
2. Its maintenance doesn’t involve the use of fuel-powered lawnmowers.
There are battery-powered lawnmowers available nowadays. However, fuel-powered ones are still more common. These are convenient to use, but the amount of fuel to power them up is a great problem. Studies even suggest that the fuel costs from a few hours of lawnmower use are almost similar to the ones a regular car requires for a 100-mile drive.
As its height remains the same all throughout its lifespan, artificial grass eliminates the need for lawnmowers. Apart from reducing your fuel use, it also saves you from the time-consuming and tiring tasks of mowing your lawn every month or so.
3. It minimizes your need for fertilizers and weed killers.
Gone are the days when traditional lawns were vibrantly green just from frequent watering. These days, chemical fertilizers and weed killers are sought for that well-manicured and lively look.
Artificial turf doesn’t require the said potential pollutants to keep its pleasant appearance. In addition to water, you may only need vinegar to clean it up. If you have a garden, you may still use fertilizer, though. As for weed killers, you might not need them as the possible area where weed may grow is lessened thanks to the synthetic grass covering your front yard.
4. It doesn’t leave behind grass clippings.
Grass clippings from the traditional lawn can be recycled into mulch for your garden. However, if you’re the type who tosses this garden waste along with your other household waste, you’re among the homeowners who are overburdening the landfills with recyclables. Another problem with grass clippings is that some of them may end up blocking your drainage.
You don’t have to worry about grass clippings if you have artificial turf in your lawn. While this product requires fillers, which may also clog your drainage, this issue can be easily resolved by using fillers made from indigenous materials such as sand. Unlike grass clippings that have traces of the chemicals used for traditional lawn maintenance, fillers from artificial turf won’t pollute waterways that much and kill aquatic creatures in the process.
Artificial grass can look as good as its natural counterpart. Aside from being easier to maintain, it is much more environmental-friendlier, thus allowing you to lessen your carbon footprint in the long run.