There is no better surface for your garden than grass
Turf experts are asking homeowners to think twice before laying ‘fake’ grass in their gardens.
Their message is echoed by BBC Radio 4 Gardeners’ Question Time panellist, Pippa Greenwood, who told the Independent newspaper this week that it was “unbelievably revolting”.
“I hate artificial grass from the depths of my heart. The lawn is a vital part of the English landscape and with basic maintenance, it looks good, smells good and is a joy to walk, sit and play on.”
Tim Mudge, from the Turfgrass Growers Association, says natural turf has many benefits and that synthetic grass can harbour hidden ‘nasties’.
“In a lawn, rain washes any deposits through the soil to naturally cleanse the surface,” he explains. “Would you want your children sitting on a plastic carpet where bird droppings, dog excrement, blood, sweat and food spillages have gathered over a period of time?”
“Grass has other important environmental benefits,” he confirms. “It has a cooling effect on the environment, reducing temperatures in urban areas by several degrees during hot weather. When it rains heavily, turf reduces the risk of homes flooding by absorbing rainwater, replenishing the aquifers that provide our drinking water.”
Lawns will bounce back
“There is no better surface for your garden than grass,” says Pippa emphatically. “Your lawn may look brown and parched at the moment, but it isn’t dead. Going brown is the natural survival mechanism of grass. When water is in short supply, grass responds by shutting down. The brown colour shows that it has stopped growing until more favourable conditions return. Grass is remarkably resilient. Increase your mowing height to 35-40mm and most lawns will recover completely when the rain finally arrives.”
Tips for looking after established and newly-laid lawns during the summer are available from the from the Turfgrass Growers Association’s website at www.turfgrass.co.uk.
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Notes to editors
Tim Mudge (Tel: 01507 607722/07971 971665) will gladly provide further comment on matters concerning natural turf and the TGA.
The Turfgrass Growers Association is the only body in the UK and Ireland dedicated to the advancement of quality turf production. It’s constantly seeking to improve the standards of its members through unity and the sharing of knowledge for the benefit of customers.
Formed in 1994 (then called TPI (UK) Ltd.) it became the Turfgrass Growers Association in 1997 and now comprises more than 60 members and affiliated companies. Its member growers are collectively responsible for producing approximately 70% of the cultivated turf grown in the British Isles.
For more information visit www.turfgrass.co.uk
For more information about Pippa Greenwood, visit her website at www.pippagreenwood.com
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