considering today, given the difficulties involved in successful lawn maintenance. Nowhere is this trend more prominent than in Mediterranean and other dry climates, because of the excessive water use that growing a lawn involves.
Despite the relatively high cost of installation, the customer may be tempted by arguments that point to virtually zero ongoing expenditure in time, money, and water over the ensuing years. Synthetic grass companies can also legitimately claim that recent technological advances have greatly improved the quality of the premium products, well beyond the worn-carpet appearance of the artificial turf we knew and loathed just a few years back. In short, there are plausible arguments in favor of using artificial grass, but does it follow that an artificial lawn is a viable alternative to a real one?
A lawn’s architectural role is to provide a neat, green, and even ground plain. This, at least theoretically, can be matched by the best synthetic product. However, in its functional role for sitting, playing, and general use, grass affects not only the visual senses, but those of smell and touch as well. Compare picnicking engulfed by the fresh smell of grass to the delightful fragrance of plastic! How is it that sports persons playing on artificial turf tend to get burns after falling and sliding on the ground? Grass increases the volume of oxygen we breathe, while plastic burning in the hot sun, adds toxic vapors to the immediate vicinity. Which is preferable for your children?