More and more homes decide to install artificial grass in their gardens due to the advantages it has. Natural grass is more expensive to maintain and also deteriorates much sooner. But synthetic Turf Tracks are made from recycled plastic and rubber which is totally harmful to the environment. Typically, polyethene, polyester, polypropylene, nylon, or a hybrid of these different materials are used to make grass “blades.”
Amid the intense MCD election of Delhi is just two days away, creative posters of election campaigns gave some amusing elements that attract youth. Now BJP used artificial grass in posters and made a promise that they will put synthetic turf in 15,000 parks. So, We will talk about the pros and cons of artificial grass on the environment in this article.
What are synthetic Turf?
Artificial grass is made of two parts. The first part is the blades of grass themselves. The second part is the backing material that holds all the blades together.
Artificial turf was first used in 1966 when it was installed in the Houston Astrodome, the world’s first domed multi-purpose sports arena. During the stadium’s inaugural season in 1965, they failed miserably at growing real grass. For the second half of the season, field conditions were so bad that artificial turf was installed.
Pros Artificial grass and the environment
More and more people are concerned about the environment and for those who want to install artificial grass at home, this is an important issue to consider. But the truth is that processed artificial grass is completely respectful of the environment.
And it is that this type of product offers multiple advantages, such as energy savings, in addition to avoiding, in general, the generation of substances that are harmful to the ozone layer. More specifically, artificial grass and the environment are compatible because of the following:
Unlike real grass, artificial grass does not need water. Rarely can water or pressurized air be used to remove dirt from the lawn? Everyone knows how important it is to protect and use resources wisely, which is why artificial turf is one point ahead in this area.
No Carbon Emission
Real grass needs different types of maintenance equipment such as lawnmowers, brush cutters, scarifiers, etc. To stay healthy and well groomed. They all use fuels like gasoline and diesel. As is known, the use of fossil fuels in everyday life emits greenhouse gases.
This is where artificial grass comes in. Artificial turf doesn’t need this fossil fuel equipment because it will look green and well-cared for from day one.
No chemicals needed
Another advantage of artificial grass is that you do not need to use fertilizers, herbicides, pesticides, etc., to protect it.
These chemicals are harmful to both humans and animals. For example, immoderate amounts of toxins can cause algae to populate rivers and streams, killing fish and vegetation in the process.
Cons of artificial grass
Expensive – In terms of cost, the initial cost of artificial grass is higher. However, considering its low maintenance, it pays off in the long run.
Lacks a natural feel: No need to think twice! While the look of artificial grass is quite real, the feel, however, is not. It lacks that cool feeling you get from walking barefoot on real grass. Also, it tends to get very hot when exposed to direct sunlight.
Not ecological: one of the biggest drawbacks of artificial grass is that it is not biodegradable. Also, when used outdoors, it prevents rainwater from seeping into the ground, which affects soil quality.
Now we will talk why it is not environmentally friendly
Many of us are drawn to artificial grass because we care about the environment. We want to save water, want to save time. We are tired of the backbreaking chores of mowing and weeding, as well as applying fertilizers and pesticides when needed.
However, if your priority is to take care of the environment, artificial grass is not going to be the best option. It is made of plastic and is difficult to recycle and reuse. Even though manufacturers promise recyclability, it’s likely to end up in a landfill. When components break down, it is possible for chemicals or plastic materials to escape into the rest of the environment.
Instead of increasing the life of your soil, it compacts it and creates a habitable environment for living organisms in your soil, preventing plant materials from growing until the soil has come back to life.
How to find a quality artificial grass
Not any artificial grass is worth it. Make sure that you are respecting the environment and that you are not putting your health or that of your loved ones at risk. The most important thing is to find a quality lawn that is fire retardant, easy to maintain, does not contain toxic substances and is respectful of nature.
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