Artificial Grass – The Pros and Cons

In recent years, the growth of artificial grass, albeit not literal, is expanding among the southern English counties, such as Sussex, Cornwall, London, Kent, and Essex. Although these regions are much sunnier than the north, they find themselves wanting to make the switch for a plethora of reasons that many of them were sceptical of.

For example, would an artificial lawn pass off as real grass? Can you commit to your usual outdoor activities with your family on an artificial lawn? Are there risks and dangers behind making the switch? Lets look at the pros and cons of artificial grass in the UK.

Many people discovered the answer to these questions by trying it out themselves on a patch of land that needed to be reseeded anyways, but others did their research and made an educated decision based on what they felt they needed most. With both cases, most people who invested in artificial lawns found that they appreciated what the new land brought for them. No more mowing, no more grass treating, no worries with the dog digging up soil, and what may be important to those in close-knit communities; permanent green grass blades!

Are there any risks, however? Those were all fantastic reasons why you should make the switch, especially if you’re living in the north of England in areas like, Warrington, Blackpool, Manchester and even further north, but do they trump over the negatives and potential risks?

There is a scientific debate on the regularity of disinfecting the artificial grass. There is some evidence to suggest that the artificial lawn is incapable of breaking down pathogens like natural grass does, but there is also evidence suggesting that much of the microbial life you’d find in natural grass cannot be found in artificial grass.

Some artificial lawns require infill and later generations of artificial grass take more effort to remove, and the artificial grass retains heat from the sun better than natural soil. As a result, it can be rather uncomfortable to lie upon during the hot summer days. A cold water sprinkler can remedy this issue, however!

Take note of the fact that older generations of artificial grass have risk of friction burns and abrasions like when you trip on asphalt. Luckily, newer lawns remove this issue by switching to use of polyethylene yarn. If you have children that enjoy colouring with chalks and paints, be sure to teach them to not do so on the artificial grass! Chalks will most likely wash away with rain, but paint will likely stay on forever, sometimes even with temporary paint!

As such, it comes with deep recommendation that those with natural lawn issues in the north of England highly consider the switch to artificial lawns. The biggest problem you will come across is that your neighbours will look bland with their browned grass and patches of soil where grass cannot grow. With artificial lawns, this will never be an issue and your grass will always be green, even after a long, harsh winter!

Do remember the fact that you often can’t attend to your garden or lawn because of all the rain when you consider your options. Reducing the need for lawn care is an excellent remedy for this situation and lets you focus on your vegetable/herb garden on the rare occasions it’s sunny and dry!