Why artificial grass is no longer second best

With the latest fake grass looking as good as the real thing, and a scorching summer that’s turned our lawns yellow, it’s no surprise more of us are going faux in our gardens

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Business is booming for artificial grass company Neograss, which has seen a three-fold increase in sales over the last year. One of the reasons is bound to be that the latest fake lawns have convincing good looks and texture, plus the durable nylon they're made from stays cool in the heat.  

This means you can have lush green grass all year long, regardless of the weather. And the biggest pull? You don’t need to mow it, so Sunday afternoons can be spent doing something much more pleasant.  

Will Crozier, managing director of NeoGrass says, ‘We’ve never really seen such a dramatic increase in the demand for artificial grass… To be three times busier than we were a year ago is an amazing achievement.’

But what about those who say it's not good for the environment? From one perspective, artificial grass does not need to be mowed (saving energy if you have an electric mower); it doesn't need to be watered (good news in this drought we're having); doesn't need pesticides or feeding to keep it green; and good quality ones have a long, long life span. But how to balance that out with a loss of habitat for wildlife?

The key, according to experts, is to provide a decent patch of real grass for (among other things) birds to dig for worms; to invest the time you might have spent on lawn maintenance in planting out wildlife-friendly borders, and to look for added planting opportunities within your garden – such as planting greenery on a flat-roofed shed or extension. 

Who says there's such a thing as a maintenance-free garden?

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