Does artificial grass offer salvation to drought-prone climates—or it is one of those inventions that will eventually end up in the too-good-to-be-true file?
Artificial grass has been gaining ground—and a reputation for being eco-friendly because it doesn’t need water, fertiliser, or to be mowed. Plus, the newest generation of artificial grass often looks good enough to fool us into thinking it’s real.
While synthetic grass may look and feel like the real thing some simply can’t get past the fact that it’s plastic. It is hailed for its water-saving benefits, but artificial turf has its own environmental drawbacks. It is a petroleum-based product that creates pollution and waste in the manufacturing process. And, while it is often made partially with recycled materials, it is not biodegradable. After a long life of from 15 to 25 years, it will, ultimately, end up in a landfill.