Does Artificial Turf Help The Environment?
Some still make the argument "real grass vs fake grass." But regardless of who's right
and who's wrong, it's really just a matter of preference. A home owner who enjoys doing his own yard
work might appreciate the look and feel of real grass because it's more natural. But just down the
block there's a business owner who prefers fake grass because it saves time and involves less
Regardless of personal reasons why you may want to stick with real grass, there are
some common sense reasons why people choose to have artificial grass installed on their property.
The reasons commonly include water conservation, less maintenance, child and pet friendliness, and it
looks natural. But does artificial grass help the environment?.. And is it an eco-friendly option?..
Arguably, the answer is yes, and the best way to observe this is by simply walking out
onto your front lawn and observing it for yourself. Empirical evidence involves senses, sensors,
quantitative information, qualitative information, experimentation and secondary source (primary),
and fortunately, the human body has the ability to use "senses" for visual perceptions based on
So if this isn't confusing enough, why don't we just stick with the type of evidence
that is simply "observable,"
yes, the simple kind of empirical evidence that is observed by a regular set of human eye-balls.
Even scientists use it to collect data for research.
Without going too deep into scientific research as to the benefits of artificial
grass, let's take a look at the most obvious ones,... sight, smell and touch. To the average home
owner, the human "senses" are all that are needed.
- Sight observation -
From a standing position, it's easy to see that artificial grass "looks" natural.
- Touch -
Simply reach down and press your hand into the surface of artificial turf. You'll feel that the
blades are not as soft to the human touch as real grass, but the synthetic composition
is flexible and non-abrasive, and the underlying rubber compounds absorb shock.
- Odor - Artificial turf is odorless.
- Water Conservation - Everybody realizes the importance of conserving
our most precious resource - water. In fact, the City of El Paso periodically imposes water
restrictions on home owners who water their natural grass to only Mondays. In 1991, El Paso began
a water conservation program that included a
ordinance that makes wasting water a violation.
- Recycling - Some may say that artificial grass is not recyclable.
Although this may have been true in past years, some are made of
materials that ARE recyclable. Even though the backing/tuft bind is the only part that
isn't, the rest can easily be melted down to create new products.
- Reduces carbon emissions - Lawn mowers, weed eaters and other lawn
equipment are needed to maintain real grass. They all use either fossil fuel, electricity
or batteries for power. The use of fossil fuels emits greenhouse gases which are not good
for the environment. When artificial grass is installed, there is suddenly no need for
cutting or trimming tools in order to maintain it to keep it looking beautiful and green.
Other things you can do to make your yard a more green place..
Along with artificial turf, there are some other things you can do that will
make your yard look green. If your backyard needs help and you don't know where
to start, try a few easy modifications to turn your backyard space into a more
inviting and green place to live.
- Create brick boundaries around plant decorations - Create rounded brick
boundaries around various foliage and flowering plants.
- Create some pathways - The same way the rounded brick boundaries are
formed, only in walkable paths in open spaces.
- Use green paint - Paint outward facing walls and fences green.
- Mount a birdhouse - Mount
a birdhouse in a visual spot that will enable you to easily see a mother bird.
- Mount a bird feeder - All bird species will appreciate a
bird feeder. Placing a bird feeder
in your yard will attract many bird species in your area.
- Take yard lights to the next level - You will really have fun with
lights, whether white or green lights, it doesn't matter. Who doesn't appreciate colorful lights?
- Plant cactus - Cactus is cool. They don't need much water at all to stay
green, and they discourage trespassing!
- Garden scents - Add natural or artificial fragrance to your yard.
- Outdoor decor - Choose outdoor decor that will compliment the natural
green and brown surroundings of your backyard.
- Sound of water - Add the natural sounds of water with
waterfalls, drippers, fountains and water wigglers.
- Ceramics -
- Yard art - Add green yard art, garden accents, chimes, wind spinners,
statues and bird baths.
- Holiday decorations - Add green Christmas lights,
Christmas wreath, fir branches, wintergreen LED lighting, menorahs and mistletoe.
There are different types of evidence, and some might argue there are up to 20
types of evidence gathering techniques used in science and law. There are six sub-categories under
empirical evidence, and the first and probably the most basic is evidence based on human "Senses."
Altogether, you can easily decide for yourself if artificial grass is right for you based on touch,
smell and sight. Does artificial grass feel right to you? Does it have a foul smell? Does it look
natural to you?
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