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Artificial Grass anyone?

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Tedber Fri 28-Jun-19 18:42:27

Yesterday a discussion on the Jeremy Vine show was "Are you for or against artificial grass lawns" So are you?

People 'for' said they find it looks good all year, doesn't need any attention, they save lots of time not having to go out to mow it! Can sit in it and enjoy!

Personally - not for me! My grass is unsightly and needs mowing every week in the summer but....today I had bees, ladybirds on the dandelions and birds pecking at the bugs including a Robin. Would you get that on artificial grass? I don't think so.

I know people want 'perfection' in their lives Artificial plants are now taking over now but what about our wildlife?

I despair about the amount of trees disappearing from gardens (although realise some of them have to be done if they grow out of control and affect foundations etc)

One guy on the show said he was a supplier and that he didn't actually like artificial grass.

Recently on a holiday abroad - the hotel had artificial grass in the grounds. I hated it! It is just a carpet outdoors as far as I can see.

tanith Fri 28-Jun-19 19:10:11

No not for me, I love my lawn and so do the birds.

BlueBelle Fri 28-Jun-19 19:13:05

No no no hate the stuff it doesn’t look real it look like artificial grass too bright too much of a green plastic carpet I always reminds me if a snooker table
No insects no birds no worms no help to the environment

Niobe Fri 28-Jun-19 19:15:39

When we were selling our last house one couple who viewed it said that they were very glad it had a natural lawn because they had artificial grass at the house they were trying to sell and two dogs and the artificial lawn smelt awful because the dogs urinated on it. Put me off ever having artificial grass.

NanaandGrampy Fri 28-Jun-19 19:15:42

One of my daughters has a pocket handkerchief sized garden with 2 children, and 2 dogs.

Artificial grass allows them to all play out all year without turning into a muddy quagmire. They surround their tiny garden with pots or flowers and fruit and veggies.

For practical reasons it suits their lifestyle and they do their best to keep bees, birds and insects happy.

jura2 Fri 28-Jun-19 19:21:07

NOT for me- a total disaster for all wildlife. People have concreted or paved front gardens, got rid of hedges, and now artificial grass. I despair.

MawBroonsback Fri 28-Jun-19 19:55:18

No! No!
Ghastly, not environmentally friendly, what about birds, hedgehogs, worms, bugs, etc and ( bottom line) frankly a bit tacky.

Callistemon Fri 28-Jun-19 19:57:57

Absolutely Not!!

In fact, some of us round here are leaving part of our lawns to 'go wild' and it is interesting what lovely weeds flowers are growing, attracting bees and other pollinating insects.

It doesn't look uncared for, because the rest of the grass is mown.

Septimia Fri 28-Jun-19 19:59:24

Not for me either. I can understand using it on postage stamp gardens to prevent the 'lawn' just being a muddy patch or, perhaps, on a small roof garden. I like to see the daisies (even the dandelions) and the bees, butterflies, hedgehogs - and molehills! We keep one part of our garden, under some trees, for 'wild flowers' - mostly grasses and forget-me-knots - and cut it when everyhting has seeded.
As you say, MawBroonsback, it seems a bit tacky.

Marydoll Fri 28-Jun-19 20:13:32

One of my neighbours has just had it done and it looks awful. He spent a lot of money on it, but you can see the join line, lumps and bumps.

arosebyanyothername Fri 28-Jun-19 20:13:48

Artificial grass might look good (from a distance) but I prefer my grass and so do the birds in the garden.
How could you fool a blackbird into searching for worms on a bit of non recyclable plastic!

LullyDully Fri 28-Jun-19 21:04:32

Horrible and where do the worms go?. Do you use a brush or a vacuum cleaner on it?

crystaltipps Fri 28-Jun-19 21:36:36

No, we are becoming aware of the damage plastic does to the environment and we need to try to avoid it and accept an imperfect natural alternative. It may make our lives a little easier now but that stuff will be clogging up the ground or the waterways in 500 years time (if the planet is still surviving).

Marydoll Sat 29-Jun-19 13:50:03

My next door neighbour was having his monoblock repaired earlier. Unfortunately his next door neighbour has artificial grass and the silica sand has blown all over the artificial turf. The not so happy neighbour, with a face like thunder, is out with a brush sweeping his grass.

GabriellaG54 Sat 29-Jun-19 14:15:03

Noooooo. The real deal or nothing at all.

Bellasnana Sat 29-Jun-19 14:18:27

Oh, so artificial turf is ‘tacky’ is it? Well, unfortunately, some of us do not have the luxury of the real stuff, so we make do.

In Malta, where I’ve lived for nearly 40 years, not a lot of people have real lawns because it costs a fortune to water them.

I downsized to a small maisonette, which I love, but it has a yard rather than a garden. I put artificial turf on one end of it to make it look nicer, plus it is cooler for the dog to lie on than hot tiles. As for being tacky, it was as expensive as a good quality carpet, and Marydoll, I run the Dyson over mine!grin

Marydoll Sat 29-Jun-19 15:04:14

That's a brilliant idea Bellasnanna ! I'll let my neighbour know! He is not a happy bunny at the moment.

J52 Sat 29-Jun-19 15:30:03

Not for me, either, but I can see why others use it.
Is it hot underfoot on a day like today and does it smell plastic when hot? What happens when it gets old, is it biodegradable?
I love the smell of newly mown grass and the cool touch on bare feet.

paddyann Sat 29-Jun-19 15:49:40

We have real grass at the front of the house and fake at the back..its boggy and we've spent several thousands of pound over the years on specialist companies who claim they can fix it . We've planted trees and more trees and a whole hedge of Leylandi There have been drainage systems fitted and different ones 2 years later and then yet more ...and repeat .So we gave up and got fake grass.The wee ones have been able to play on it without sinking up to the ankles in mud.I don't care who thinks its tacky ,it works for us

Boosgran Sat 29-Jun-19 16:01:18

Oh shock horror I must be ‘tacky’ as well I have two real lawns and one artificial. I don’t think artificial grass is ‘ghastly’ at all. It’s practical and a good clean space for my grandchildren to play.

GrannyGravy13 Sat 29-Jun-19 16:09:51

Noooo real grass all day long, Mr.Gravy is “obsessed” with the lawn, it keeps our from under my feet!!!!

Essential for wildlife, we do not need anymore plastic in this world!!

Auntieflo Sat 29-Jun-19 16:35:07

I wasn’t going to join in, as when we first had artificial grass installed, I came in for a bit of ear bashing. So yes, I suppose we can be called tacky. But, we had it installed, because we couldn’t cope with the maintenance of a real lawn any more.
Also, there is a dearth of folk who will come and cut grass around here, or do any garden jobs for that matter.
It has been a godsend. The garden always looks good, OK, so it’s a bit greener, (as in colour) than turf in the hot weather, but we have been really pleased with our decision.
Yes, it can get hot to walk on in bare feet, and no, we don’t have any animals to use it as a loo!
Our grandchildren and great grandchildren can play out side in all weathers, if they want to, and we still get birds in the garden, and the odd cat.

Bellasnana Sat 29-Jun-19 16:49:52

Ooh, Auntieflo, your garden looks gorgeous! I’m not bothered about what others think, each to their own, but I don’t think people need to be snooty about it either.

KatyK Sat 29-Jun-19 17:01:41

Wow that looks great Auntieflo I can't believe that's artificial. Someone over the road from us has artificial grass and it's really plasticy looking.

crazyH Sat 29-Jun-19 17:06:49

Beautiful garden Auntieflo👍