Seven Environmental Benefits Of Artificial Turf

Posted on: 16 January 2015

Those who are deciding between a real grass or artificial turf lawn should be aware of the environmental benefits of using artificial turf. Having artificial turf instead of real grass can not only benefit your property through improving convenience and appearance, but it can also decrease a property's carbon footprint. 

The following are seven of the major ways you'll benefit the environmental by opting for artificial turf as lawn cover:

  1. Avoid application of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers- Those with grass lawns typically need to apply a barrage of pesticides, herbicides, and fertilizers throughout the year to keep the lawn looking good. None of these toxic products- which can contaminate ground water- are necessary for artificial turf maintenance. 
  2. Conserve water- Artificial turf doesn't need to be watered. Watering grass lawns uses up an enormous amount of water. Natural grass lawns are not only hard on the supply of water resources, but they are also hard on homeowners' utility bills. An artificial turf will look vibrant and healthy throughout the year with no watering whatsoever. 
  3. Save fuel- Not only do homeowners need to put effort into watering natural lawns, but they also must mow, aerate, and re-seed on a regular basis. These tasks are usually done with fuel-powered equipment like mowers and tractors that consume a great deal of gas every year. 
  4. Keep tires out of landfills- Artificial turf is often made from recycled materials. For example, recycled tires are typically used as artificial turf material. The production of artificial turf is responsible for keeping millions of tires out of landfills each year. 
  5. Eliminate grass clippings- According to statistics from some neighborhoods, grass clippings account for between 10 and 20 percent of solid waste every year. These grass clippings take up space in landfills and can contribute to the greenhouse effect. Of course, no grass clippings are produced from artificial turf lawns. 
  6. Acquire LEED credits- LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) credits are given to those who own properties that can be classified as "green buildings". Homeowners with artificial turf can not only save money with LEED credits, but they can also help support this environmental program run by the US Green Building Council. 
  7. Prevent asthma or allergy symptoms- Artificial turf is less likely to bring about asthma or allergy attacks than natural grass. This makes it a good idea for homes and properties where those who suffer from these conditions reside or work.

To learn more, or if you have other questions, contact a company like Rocky Mountain Materials & Asphalt with any questions you have.