A Few Elements of Unnatural in Natural Lawns

 

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There’s no doubt about it, the artificial grass ship has sailed.  Homeowners are rapidly warming up to the idea synthetic lawns both because of its investment wise components and its environment wise components.  A surprising trend is beginning to surface, too – a growing awareness that there is a touch of the unnatural in natural lawns (queue the Dr. Evil pinky finger with the word *unnatural*):

Chemicals

Ok, we’re not trying to be dramatic here, but there are some legitimate ideas being thrown about alongside the growing adoption of artificial grass among environmentalists.  The first idea is that in most areas where natural lawns are grown, they aren’t actually natural to the habitat.

Natural lawns entail ongoing research, work, planning, and expenses to maintain. Natural lawn owners frequently resort toquick fixes to save time on maintenance. Often, these “quick fixes” involve the use of toxic pesticides that decimate microorganisms – worms, the plant root system, and small insects – that serve integral roles in the local ecosystem. Lawn chemicals can also present health risks to humans that include increased likelihood of cancer and learning disabilities in children.

Runoff from residential lawns pollutes everything downstream. What natural lawn owners put on their lawn eventually pollutes their neighbor’s water and soil. Millions of well-meaning homeowners with natural lawns who use chemicals to control their soil’s acidity run the risk of harming the environment.

Artificial lawns are a safe and low-maintenance alternative to natural lawns that, in fact, do not require an aesthetic readjustment. In fact, artificial lawns these days look so much like real grass that the only way to distinguish one kind of lawn from another is to touch the material.

Unlike natural lawns, artificial lawns look lush all year and do not involve the use of unhealthy chemicals, exorbitant expenses or watering.  So, in a bit of irony, artificial grass actually gets a nod to the natural whereas chemicals are concerned.

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