Artificial Turf Vs Real Grass: Which Is More Eco-friendly?
I just don’t get the fake-grass hate. From a distance it looks like a well watered closely mowed lawn. It provides a patch of green for play or lounging and doesn’t need watering or require sprinklers that always end up breaking and leaking. Artificial grass has been gaining ground and a reputation for being eco-friendly but compared to real grass:
Which is more eco-friendly?
Artificial turf is eco-friendly and does not contain any harmful chemicals which are hazardous to the environment or the health of people. It is very durable and long lasting and after installation there is no need for regular watering, trimming and mowing. Adopting artificial grass can save you water, which in turns save money and time in the long run. Most importantly, it helps safeguard our world’s precious freshwater resources. No need for mowing not only saves you the task of trimming but also reduces the amount of pollution, as a lawn mowers emit one hundred times the amount of pollution as that of a regular vehicle.
The environmental drawbacks of real grass is easy enough to tally. They’re thirsty, of course—the average American lawn gulps down 21,600 gallons of water per year. Lawns planted on top of a sandy soil can be particularly wasteful since they drain more quickly. And the water usage problem is particularly acute when a homeowner insists on laying sod that’s ill-suited to the local climate. Sun, rain and dirt…that’s all mother nature needs. Or is it? Most lawns are over-watered, fertilized and strewn with pesticides. Fertilizers imbalance other living system when they run off, and pesticides… well, they are designed to kill.
The bottom line is that, whichever lawn type you choose, you should commit to managing it responsibly. If you want to minimize your water and fertilizer use by going the fake route, make sure you purchase a quality product that won’t have to be replaced for a decade or more.
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