Artificial Turf, or Astroturf as it is more commonly known has become developed in varying styles, colours, lengths, and densities with all being manufactured to a high quality, explaining its growing popularity.
Many positives have come from the use of an artificial lawn in which people have considered laying it based on the manual labour savings. Investing in the third generation (3G) will make activities such as watering and maintaining of the lawn a thing of the past- which will allow you to spend much more time enjoying the garden which you invested in! Cutting the lawn will no longer be necessary and this will in turn stop the grass cuttings laying on your lawn- leading into the fact that your garden will be a lush green area all year round. Pets will not be able to create yellow patches, and the sun won’t be leaving scorch marks with the laying of an artificial lawn. Weeding during the summer months is not required with the installation of synthetic turf. The underlay supporting the turf prevents weeds from sprouting through and becoming invasive in your garden. Worm casts, which is the clump of mud or sand thrown up by a worm following the passing of its body, in a similar manner to weeds are prevented through the inability for worms to pass through the underlying mesh. In relation to your house, children will no longer be able to tread mud into your carpets after playing in the garden as the composition does not consist of soil as surface water is able to drain through the base layer.
However the counter argument to the use of an artificial lawn still remains, suggesting drawbacks to the installation of the synthetic replacement; despite the advancements in the product
With the base layer preventing wildlife such as worms sliding through the lawn this can also have a subsequent effect on our native birds, in relation to the eco food chain in existence. Installing the lawn which is man-made stops the birds from feeding on their natural prey, suggesting that we are destructing the chain with the installation of artificial grass. On a financial basis it is more expensive than maintaining a natural lawn, with purchasing a high standard of the product costing roughly £400 per 20sq metres, to only last for fifteen years, adding on top of this the installation of the grass, it has become apparent that it costs less to simply invest in a lawn mower and cut your natural lawn on a regular basis. Many people have also contributed to the argument by stating that the artificial product does not feel like real grass and thus detracts from the true value of a garden, especially during the summer months in which families regularly relax on their lawn. The summer months can also cause a distinctive problem for the synthetic grass as the sun can heat it up, making it uncomfortable to use.
Artificial Lawns are big business in America and their popularity in the UK is growing, however the installation of the product is purely down to the individual and their personal preference on their garden design.