As global warming becomes a more prominent issue in our daily lives, many people across the globe are making small, everyday changes in order to reduce their carbon footprint. Simple things such as reducing their use of plastic, taking shorter showers and carpooling, are just a few ways individuals as a collective are making a huge impact. Looking at your turf in your backyard may not spring to mind when it comes to reducing your impact on the environment, but like many things, it does. While you may think natural grass has a better environmental impact, we believe that isn’t exactly true. In many cases, artificial turf can be the better alternative when it comes to reducing your environmental impact.
Still not convinced? Here are 4 reasons why artificial turf is better for the environment.
Save precious water
In Australia, we are no strangers to water restrictions, especially in the blistering hot summer months. Conserving water resources, even when there are no shortages helps reduce the need to build dams or extract precious water from rivers. To keep a natural lawn looking healthy for just one year takes thousands of litres of water! Especially in sunny Queensland. Artificial turf, on the other hand, takes little to no water, depending on if you need to wash something off its surface.
Not only will an artificial lawn be a great way to save precious water, but it will also be a great way to lower your water bill.
Reduce your use of chemicals
While a beautiful natural lawn can look effortless, it takes quite the work to keep it looking its best. This often includes fertilisers, pesticides, herbicides and fungicides. A correlation of these chemicals on your lawn will affect your soil, the air and contaminate the water by runoff into storm drains. By opting for artificial turf instead of natural grass you will be reducing your chemical usage, thus having a positive impact on your soil, air and water and overall, the environment.
Reduce energy use and pollution
There are many benefits to artificial turf, one being it takes little to no effort to make it look amazing year round! Unlike natural grass, it needs to be mowed and cared for regularly in order to look good, that takes plenty of time and energy as well.
By not needing to use a lawnmower on a regular basis you can conserve precious energy and reduce your use of fossil fuels and their negative impact on air pollution.
Yes, installing synthetic grass does use energy and does contribute to carbon emissions, it does not compare to the amount of energy used by ongoing maintenance that is needed to maintain a natural lawn over a lifetime.
Natural grass is biodegradable, however, there are other reasons why it contributes to landfill. To take care of a natural lawn, you need to use products that use containers, lawnmowers and other care equipment. The lifespan of artificial turf is around 20 years, and in a lot of cases, even longer. To put that into perspective, think about the number of turf products made from plastic and old lawnmowers that end up in landfills over that time! Trust us when we say, it is quite a lot.
Once your artificial turf does come to its end, in most cases it can be recycled, meaning over the course of its lifespan it has had little environmental impact.
Types of residential grass
If you’re thinking of reducing your environmental impact by opting for artificial turf, we have 3 types of residential turfs to choose from based on your needs:
Comfort turf: This is perfect for lawns that are used for playing on and requires that extra bit of a soft feel.
- Nice natural look with the extra luxurious feel.
- A robust lawn that can handle heavy traffic and items, such as sun loungers and kids playing footy.
Coastal turf: This turf provides the aesthetics of a freshly cut lawn 365 days of the year. Great for those areas which grown lawns just don’t work. It has a natural look and feel, without any maintenance.
- Luxurious in look and feel.
Forever turf: This turf is a beautiful blend of Australian grass inspired greens and textures. This 35mm high bladed turf will stand up to the harshest of conditions and keep giving your lawn a great look and feel.
- Suitable for residential lawns and commercial recreation areas.
- Great look and feel every day of the year.
Luxe Turf has been created to provide hassle free and professional solutions for your synthetic turf requirements. Based on the Gold Coast and with an extensive network of like minded experts, we are able to deliver your project Australia wide. We specialise in design, supply and installation of premium synthetic turf for landscape, commercial projects and sporting facilities.