We recently posted a Facebook Ad featuring a short clip showcasing the brilliant journey of SupaLawn, our very own artificial grass product range -- and some users expressed concerns about its impact on nature and garden wildlife. Similarly, industry experts have also previously expressed their increasing concerns about the impact of artificial grass on wildlife and habitat. This has been heightened by the increasing popularity of artificial grass in the last few years, as home owners turn to a cleaner, low maintenance alternative to natural grass.
In this piece we are going to give you 3 ways in which you can still conserve garden wildlife by creating a wildlife friendly garden if you currently have artificial grass in your garden, or are considering to have this installation in the future.
So, is the grass always greener with artificial lawn?
Technically speaking, yes, it is always greener.
The vibrant green colour that comes with your artificial grass stays that way all year round, whatever the weather -- it doesn’t fade or wither, or become muddy when it rains heavily.
…OK, now that we’ve got that pun out of the way (not sorry!), it’s time to get serious.
On a nice day you might hear buzzing from the bees which hover the flora in your garden and you may see the worms burrowing into lawns, as well as small insects. It’s true that artificial grass may cause a loss of habitat for these weird and wonderful creatures. So, whilst here at Apple Home Improvements we encourage having artificial grass installations – for its various benefits, we also understand the importance of wildlife conservation and natural grass, and we urge everyone to act responsibly and think green! So weather you currently have artificial grass installed or are thinking of doing so in the future, we’re here to tell you can still have a wildlife-friendly garden in doing so.
Here are just some of the ways to conserve garden wildlife and create a stunning combination of synthetic grass and nature:
Integrate Flora – Head down to your local DIY retailer and get some colourful bedding plants to brighten up your outdoor space and attract the bees and other insects. Here’s an example of one of our very own installations, where a happy customer has combined flora into their new artificial grass garden.
Install Bird Tables – If you are a keen lover of birds these are always a great addition to your garden, providing an alternative to attracting and feeding garden birds - especially if you have an artificial lawn, since there is no more soil from which to get worms from. Get more ideas from the RSPB website
Natural Borders – Another brilliant way to combine nature and synthetic is to retain natural borders, planting out with shrubs or flowers, adding even more beauty to your garden ;).
Leave parts of your garden a little wild for nature to thrive!