We explain why fake grass is the worst thing you can put in the garden (especially now)

Creating a garden with a synthetic lawn may seem like a pleasant choice, but it is extremely harmful to the environment and our health

Many people choose to buy artificial lawns and foliage to give a “green” feel to gardens, pools and terraces, seduced by the low cost of these design objects and by the virtually non-existent maintenance, compared to what is needed for to keep a real lawn alive ..

Despite the captivating appearance of these artificial gardens, often adorned with fake flowers, it isthe smallest natural object that can exist in the world: grass stalks, leaves and flowers are made of pure plastic and we know that plastic is a highly polluting petroleum derivative and inhospitable to any living thing.

So by installing a synthetic lawn on the patio, we launch a clear “no entry message” aimed at bees and other small insects that would benefit from flowers and plants to feed and play their role as pollinators, creating an absolutely inhospitable environment for their survival.

Also read: Solitary bees, let’s host them in our gardens and balconies: they do not produce honey, but they are essential

But it is not only pollinating insects that are harmed by choosing to plant a plastic garden. During this period, with the record temperatures we are experiencing, synthetic lawns overheat and can even get hotter than asphalt or concrete: this only increases the perceived temperature in the city.

Conversely, a garden consisting of real grass and trees has one refreshing effect on the whole surrounding environment: the leaves and stems of the grass release water in the form of water vapor, which helps to lower the temperature; the leaves of the trees create cooler shady areas where one can seek shelter from the heat (and offer it to birds and other small animals that live in our cities).

Recent studies have shown that the distribution of vegetation in cities changes the way the earth absorbs and emits heat, contributes to the rise (or fall) of temperature perceived. In particular, it has been observed that urban areas that see the presence of trees have a much lower surface temperature than cemented areas.

Also read: The importance of tree shade: instead of installing air conditioners, we should plant more

If we think that the false lawns collect heat during the day and are made of plastic (a material that is sensitive to high temperatures), it is not hard to imagine that the false grass stalks can get hot, which poses a risk to the animals that pass by. those with bare legs, and which can be burned, but also for children who can play on the lawn.

Excessive heat can therefore also cause the stems themselves to melt, which melts under the sun’s burning rays and releases highly toxic microplastics for the environment and our health.

Last injury, but not least, relates loss of biodiversity where synthetic lawns certainly play a role. The survival of insects, birds and small animals has already been severely tested by the phenomenon of intensive agriculture: in this scenario, urban plantations or gardens that have been tested can in many cases represent the rescue of numerous species that can find shelter and refreshment in the shade of a tree or on a small meadow.

Also read: Even a small garden can go a long way in helping bee populations

In short, there is many good reasons to create a “real” lawn in our garden or for host plants with live flowers on our balcony. Of course, maintenance can be a bit problematic, especially if we are in the beginning and we do not have much experience, but the environment and the animals will thank us for this choice – and we will be able to enjoy a little coolness in these hot days ..

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