We can all agree that artificial turf is now a trend. It has weaved its way into many homes, apartments and urban spaces because of its benefits.
In this article, we’ll be exploring the benefits and concerns of this trend.
Why Synthetic Grass?
It is obvious that there has been an increasing appeal for artificial grass. Especially among homeowners in urban areas or with limited outdoor areas.
This trend is because it presents a hassle-free solution.
Unlike natural grass, there’s no reason for watering, no mowing and most importantly, the appearance remains green all year long.
Now, imagine you have artificial turf laid out on your balcony or a small patio, the peace of mind that comes with knowing you do not have to worry about maintenance costs is amazing!
Backlash and the Environmental Concerns
While artificial turf has great benefits, the demand for it has been decreasing, especially in 2023, the demand for synthetic grass reduced with figures showing a staggering 66% decrease from 2021.
The reason for this decline is the fact that there is so much awareness about the need to keep the environment safe because its downside to the environment is a lot.
The Committee on Climate Change, for instance, has suggested rewilding vast areas of the UK and promoting tree plantation.
Also, there have been more concerns on the issue of property value. Contrary to the belief that a well-maintained (and perpetually green) lawn might add to property appeal, research shows that artificial turf might actually devalue the price of homes.
Environmental Impact and Global Trends
Looking at the environmental impact of artificial grass, studies found that using them leads to increased rainwater runoff, thereby contributing to flooding and preventing the replenishment of groundwater. Also replacing natural lawns with artificial turf can cause a range of environmental issues.
However, in regions like Las Vegas, where water scarcity is a concern, most homeowners opt for artificial grass since they can conserve water.
At the end of the day, the decision on the usage of artificial grass depends on local climatic conditions and resources at hand.
Also Read – The Ultimate Guide To Laying Artificial Grass
The Bigger Picture
It is super important to understand the broader implications of this trend. For example, the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) decided to ban artificial grass from its events, showing an institutional acknowledgment of the environmental concerns associated with using fake grass.
Nevertheless, the fundamental question remains:
Is it possible for artificial and natural grass to coexist? Or will one inevitably overshadow the other, for better or for worse?