Obviously, we prefer the real deal here at Positively Green, but we appreciate that fake lawns are suitable for some low maintenance situations. However, fake lawn is not as low maintenance as you might think.
The belief that artificial turf requires zero water is a misconception. This theory is debunked by the fact that in WA, you will need to regularly water your artificial turf to bring the temperature down enough for it to be used if it is in the full sun.
In addition to this, natural grass will filter rain into the soil profile, instead of allowing it to run off into the drain. And you also need to regularly sanitise the artificial turf, which again, involves water. What’s more, artificial turf has a significant carbon footprint due to the manufacturing process, as it is produced from plastics and cannot be recycled.
Real grass, on the other hand, helps the environment by encouraging the natural wildlife and biodiversity in your garden and providing oxygen.
Artificial grass gets scorching hot in the sun whereas natural turf has a cooling effect which is not only beneficial to the environment, it also is safer for little toes, paws, wildlife or anything else that may seek refuge on the lawn.
Lawns are not usually thought of as collections of thousands of oxygen-producing plants, but that is exactly what they are. Like all plants, grass plants in your lawn take in carbon dioxide from the air, then, as part of the process of photosynthesis, help produce the oxygen you breathe.