There tends to be two types of gardeners in the UK: people who relish every day watering, feeding, mowing and tinkering with their lawns, and people who dread the day they need to get the hosepipe out.
With people on average using 142 litres of water per day, a number that skyrockets when you factor in the water needed for your thirsty lawn, people naturally look for alternatives and one potential and fairly popular option is artificial grass.
People know that artificial lawns tend to be easier to maintain, given that it is the common selling point for most artificial grass products, but here are some other fascinating facts you may not know about synthetic lawns.
They Were Invented For Sports But Have Become Very Different
The first artificial lawn product was indeed made for sports fields where grass would not grow. However, the half-century of innovations we have seen since have made sports turf and garden turf very different.
Sports turf, sometimes known as AstroTurf or FieldTurf, tends to have a thicker pile, as the priority is to be as shock absorbent as possible to reduce injury, whilst a garden turf looks and feels like natural grass, with shorter blades and subtler shades.
Synthetic Lawns Are Not A Carpet
One of the biggest and most frustrating misconceptions about artificial grass is that you simply install it by rolling it on top of any other surface, which is not the case.
Instead, a few inches of topsoil are excavated and then compacted, before a water-permeable sub-base is installed for the grass.
Fake Grass Can Be Better For The Environment
Because so much of our water use goes on the garden, and many gardeners use fertilisers, pesticides and other toxic chemicals, artificial grass, which needs very little maintenance, lasts decades and needs little if any water, can have a range of environmental benefits.
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