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Would you have a fake lawn in your garden?

It’s green, pristine and doesn’t need mowing, but gardeners argue artificial grass isn’t good for the planet.

There’s been a boom in artificial grass during lockdown, but horticulturists are urging gardeners to grow natural lawns to help wildlife and improve air quality.

Sales of artificial turf at LazyLawn, the UK’s biggest artificial grass supplier, rose by 300% during three months of lockdown, according to its sales director Andy Driver.

“Makeovers have been on the increase and artificial turf has featured in that,” he says. “The market ranges from the older generation where it’s become too much of a chore to mow the lawn, to families with a busy lawn that gets ruined quickly, and people with very small gardens who don’t feel it’s worth having a small patch of real grass which will require a lawnmower to maintain.”

Critics counter that plastic lawns are not environmentally friendly and can end up in landfill after use.

A decade ago fake grass was showcased at the RHS Chelsea Flower Show, but it has long since been banned from the show, says RHS chief horticulturist Guy Barter. “As an environmental charity, it’s not the kind of thing we think is appropriate,” he says. “I would go for real grass every time. I would rather throw myself in a ditch than have an artificial lawn.”

Lawn expert David Hedges-Gower agrees. “You either want to go with nature or you don’t.”

What are your views?  Would you have fake grass in your garden or do you prefer real grass?

Would you have a fake lawn in your garden?

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FrancesB1
5 days ago
1
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Yes because want to keep garden tidy and I find grass cutting physically difficult. Without grass cutting I can generally keep garden as my late husband would have wanted.
JohnH5
5 days ago
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fake lawns or astro turf should be banned,except in special circumstances.It is envronmentally unfriendly,and is likely to create problems for wildlife,[birds wont be able to get worms from this plastic cover,so are likely to starve,it is unfriendly to wildlife.i would never use it,i do not use chemicles on my garden,we dont need them.If you have greenfly/blackfly etc,them get a spray bottle,put a drop of washing up liquid in ,fill with water and blast them off with this,or you can easily blast them off your plants with a hosepipe,do not use slug pellets,instead ,leave them for the hedgehogs.Have a great day all
MrsPat
24th Sep 2020
1
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No more plastic-we should all be encouraged to go green as much as possible
Irene88
22nd Sep 2020
1
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I'm an avid gardener and love my lawn, weeds and all! I let the clover grow sas the bees love it. I'm lucky that my son usually mows it for me. On a hot day there's nothing better than cool grass on hot tired feet.

I've seen artifical lawns and they do look smart. UNTIL the weeds start growing through them!
suzyk
22nd Sep 2020
2
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My husband and I are not particularly well, we had a concrete back garden, so artificial is the best we can do. Its easy to look after and lovely to sit in a garden that looks lovely and a pleasure to sit in. if given the chance again to get rid of concrete and get artificial lawn, I would do the same. We off set that with flowers , plants that encourage the bees and totally nasty chemical free products.
HanaB
21st Sep 2020
2
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I don’t have time to mow the lawn not have the strength! Having ‘fake’ grass will give me a lovely ‘garden’ without the pain!
Billythequiche
20th Sep 2020
1
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Had some useful info given by other Silversurfers, perhaps some of you would comment on a couple of things that came to mind after some more thought. Please note, I am not an"ecowarrior", campaigner for green issues or fan of Greta the Sweeter.
Do artificial lawns have an effect on the environment? Can chemicals leach from them? Could they be a health hazard harbouring "nasties"? Are they bio-degradeable? Are they recyclable?
Are these reasonable and sensible questions or am I just looking for problems?
Retiredyorkie
20th Sep 2020
1
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Definitely not - give the wild life a chance.

Nothing smells nicer than a newly cut lawn and then sitting and watching it grow with the birds on the feeders.
Syreph
19th Sep 2020
1
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Hi, just joined, ‘Silver Surfers’ and like the overwhelmingly self opinionated person I am. I felt I had to comment. As well as working full time 2 days and 2nights. I also worked on landscaping with a pal, before I retired. He eventually left the place we were employed at to do it full time. We did from industrial sized places to cottage gardens. Over the years oftentimes times older people said, “Dig it over, I’ll get the veg from Tesco”. Others were so determined. One guy was so arthritic, he had ‘Crawling boards’ when he would literally crawl around his veg patch. I’m of the former. Front and back of the house is plastic grass and concrete slabs or gravel border. Pot plants and grasses. The lowest possible maintenance. The front garden is interesting, as we actually have moss growing and only today in the unseasonable hot September we spotted a confused grasshopper. I my last years I want less to do physically not more.
My top tip for those considering fake grass? Buy the most expensive you possibly can. As usual it’s normally the rule of thumb. You’ll get what you pay for.
Franuae
19th Sep 2020
1
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I have a large back garden and the the thought of having to hoover and wash it down does not appeal to me.

I am also concerned about the impact on the environment I have more than ever enjoyed during my long period of working from home seeing the different wildlife enjoying the garden.

A few of my neighbour in a previous house had artificial grass and it resulted in all of their cats using my garden as their toilet... not pleasant
viking
19th Sep 2020
1
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The water drains through the gap between.
Enviroment, well as said before when faced with an eyesore of a block of concrete, it is much better to cover with this fake grass thus preventing a headache when looking at the concrete !!
Catton
19th Sep 2020
2
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Definitely not. I have grass front and back which I cut myself. Although it is not the best looking I would not put fake in.
Think of the environment.
When people started putting in cobbled stone driveways etc where was the water supposed to drain away to .

It is sad that so many want to do this now.
Billythequiche
19th Sep 2020
1
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I have often thought of it as an alternative to gravel. I would need a lot of advice before using it. Would it be torn up in high winds? How do you manage the leavings of dogs, cats and even birds? Would you have to hoover leaves up and would any left form a nasty sludge? Would grass etc grow through?
Lots to think about apart from aesthetics and no mowing.
Syreph
19th Sep 2020
2
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I’m not now and never have been an employee, nor know anyone that owns or works for an artificial grass company.
If you google, ‘Artificial grass’ many companies will have adverts. The best companies will give you step-by-step guidance from which product is best suited to your needs. The price, per square metre or yard and how to lay it.
You will need to cut out ALL the existing lawn that you want covering in the same sort of depth as you see in turf clods, times 2. So roughly 150mm or 5 or 6 inches to be dug out and disposed of. SPRAY THE AREA WITH WEED KILLER.
You need to replace most of this mass with mot (hardcore stone) A bulk bag covers about 14to 16 mt/yd’sq. With the hardcore spread out you either garden roll the level or (best) hire a ‘wacker’ plate and level the area. Then rake an inch/22mm of rough sand over it all and roll or wack again. Use timber shuttering and a scraping board to level as you would putting in a concrete slab/floor. Cover the area with a good quality weed control matting.
Roll your artificial grass out and fit as you would a carpet. Smooth out by pulling, cursing and questioning why you chose to do this task. But you’ll get it right in the end.
Try to ‘bevel’ edges so they are slightly (an inch?) lower than the main layer. Yard brush in a Few bags of kiln dried sand. Get the sun lounger out and a cool one. Enjoy!
Billythequiche
20th Sep 2020
1
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Thanks a lot, that answers many questions. It makes one thing clear, I would need to have it installed, the arthritis would win, typical "mind willing/flesh week.
Syreph
20th Sep 2020
2
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As with most things that become popular, (latest being face coverings) cowboys appear. To take advantage of ignorance. So be extra careful. Check on references or reputation. ALL the steps I’ve listed MUST be followed by the installer. Good luck.
Billythequiche
21st Sep 2020
1
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Cheers, I appreciate that.
GloriaM8
19th Sep 2020
1
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I have 2 bichon frisé dogs. While I have to regularly GREEN/ & feed the lawnmower counter their tinkles etc..... I think they would destroy/smell a synthetic type lawn. ( ha,ha!)
LorraineM19
18th Sep 2020
1
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I love my artificial grass on my tiny garden in the Sky. 10 floors up.
A quick hover every day and it looks the part .
I also have lots of REAL flowers and hanging baskets the bees/ wasps /spiders who like to fly high a frequent visitors as well as the birds
Magsiemax
18th Sep 2020
1
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Like a lot of people I like real grass. However it takes a lot of upkeep to keep it looking good. For people like me who have a small lawn I would love fake. This year has been hard work for my husband. However time is catching him up and you never know, he may concede?
Then again a good fake lawn is not cheap and does still have upkeep. The upside being it always being green and the right length with neat edges.
That of course is purely my view
JanetB91
18th Sep 2020
1
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Our dog kills the real turf , artificial turf can be hosed down every night ....
KateB75
18th Sep 2020
1
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gipsyrose
18th Sep 2020
3
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Fake grass prevents birds from accessing insects that live in real grass. It IS bad for the planet as we have already lost millions of birds in Britain that have starved to death through lack of insect food.
gipsyrose
18th Sep 2020
3
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Fake grass prevents birds from digging up worms and they are already starving due to lack of insect availability. Dreadful idea that is bad for the planet.
Hillyj
18th Sep 2020
4
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And watching blackbirds, thrush and others finding big juicy worms nothing better.
MarkR554
18th Sep 2020
2
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Never in a million years, i aim to have my garden as friendly to wildlife as possible. When the clover is out i cut the grass long so the bees still have plenty left to feed on, one area of the garden has been left to go wild, with wild flowers even weeds so insects have as much biodiversity as possible. The hedgehogs love it in that part of the garden as do the birds, that plastic stuff should be banned.
KateB75
18th Sep 2020
1
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So agree . Too much plastic in the world as it is . And soooo unnatural
JulieS11
17th Sep 2020
0
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I love our artificial lawn, so do the dogs. It looks amazing all the time. The dogs don’t dig it up. There’s no mud either.

The only downside is the price. You need to invest in a high quality artificial lawn to get something that looks really lovely. I have lots of trees and plants in the garden as well so great for drainage and the wildlife.

This is the first time I’ve had an artificial lawn and would highly recommend it.
KateB75
18th Sep 2020
1
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How is it good for wildlife ?
PaulH221
17th Sep 2020
3
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Is a pristine "bowling green" lawn much better than an artificial one?

My ideal lawn is cut height set to medium\high and allow certain small wild flowers (daisies, etc) to flower.

It's not maintenance free as you have to pull out unwanted weeds and rake to keep the moss in check.

Benefits are it's green all year with little or no water, the "weeds" or wild flowers attract insects and they attract birds.
JackandBellasmum
17th Sep 2020
4
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Of course natural grass is better so long as you have a good patch of earth below it. Unfortunately not everyone is so blessed.
Juniteeks
17th Sep 2020
3
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Although the thought of tidy green fake grass is appealing I couldn't give up my real grass. There is nothing so satisfying than looking at newly mowed and edged grass plus the bonus is the lovely cut grass smell!
Yodama
17th Sep 2020
4
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Never! There is nothing like walking barefoot on dewy grass that harbours and incredible amount of valuable insect life.
Seeing beautiful daisies and wild flowers spring up is a tonic to the soul.

Plastic grass, invented by lazy people with plastic minds!
lorrieq
17th Sep 2020
3
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Would never have a fake lawn!
PennyB66
17th Sep 2020
4
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My dog loves fake grass but I'm no fan, with dogs, it's more bother than the real thing to "take care of business" My neighbour got a patch laid at the front of his house, it was super expensive and still looks what it is, fake. I'll keep my lawn, brown pee patches and all, I like to see blackbirds worming and starlings rootling. There's nothing like the smell of just cut grass in spring, yes, it's a bit of a chore but worth the effort! My neighbour gave my old dog a big chunk of his fake stuff to lie on, so we are all happy
DianeN4
17th Sep 2020
3
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I have the best of both worlds imo I have 5 dogs so the top half of the garden which gets the most shade is artificial grass. It's better for the dogs, and easier to keep clean. The bottom half is real grass with a couple of areas left to run wild like behind the shed. When all said and done it's your garden and your choice. If you want artifical have it, if it's easier for you have it, With everything happening in the world today fake grass us the least of our worries.
JuneAA
17th Sep 2020
3
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We struggle with gardening due to age and health, but as we have a garden it must look nice and this is an easy way to make it so. Our front garden has fake grass and it looks immaculate.
Moomytree
17th Sep 2020
5
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Fake hair, fake eyelashes, fake boobs, fake flowers, fake grass etc. etc. Why can’t we be content with what God gave us?
MargaretP563
17th Sep 2020
3
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Did explore this option but seems to be a bad idea on environment.
KateB75
18th Sep 2020
1
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and so dangerous for dogs paws in the height of summer
viking
16th Sep 2020
4
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I have found that an easy and attractive way to cover expanses of concrete is to put this latest "grass " on top and stick it down.
Wilf
16th Sep 2020
6
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Probably not as we need all the green plants we can breathing in CO2 and out O2. Also plastic lawns are just more plastic which is not a good thing!
ChrisD45
15th Sep 2020
7
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Fake grass might not need cutting but it's going to need hoovering and hosing down to keep it in reasonable condition weeds can still grow through it as well so it could meen more work than real grass it's not good for the environment either definitely give me proper grass any day
Wilf
16th Sep 2020
1
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Totally agree and I have friends who have plastic lawns which after a few years look terrible.

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