Synthetic turf has made it into mainstream news this week with Sovereign Island resident, Diane Padbury being forced by her local council to tear up a $10,000 artificial grass lawn. Diane laid the synthetic turf lawn because she said she “never watered” the real one, meaning that it was constantly “brown and ugly”. The council expressed concern over the fact that Diane had installed the synthetic turf lawn without asking them. So, this begs the question, what are the benefits of a synthetic turf lawn over a real one, especially in the hot summer months? (The past few days have proven that we actually DO get sunshine in Britain!)
Ms Padbury highlights a prominent problem for her (and her fellow Australians) - sometimes synthetic simply makes sense. She opted for the fake alternative to real grass because she believed it would mean using less water in keeping her lawn looking lush. Well, she wasn’t far wrong. The main benefit of a synthetic turf surface, whether it be at domestic level, or international stadium level, is the minimal maintenance compared with real grass.
We may not experience the hot rays and draughts that Australia does, but we’re certainly no strangers to lawn maintenance in Britain. Opting for a synthetic grass surface for your garden, sports pitch, playground or restaurant seating area (the list goes on, and on, and on…) ends mowing, fertilising and watering. Plus, it eliminates muddy mess.
At STM, we’ve gotten a real grasp on these problems, and are doing everything we can to make people’s lives easier when it comes to grass maintenance. After the floods of winter ’13/’14, facilities managers across the UK have been left dismayed with saturated grounds; that’s where we come in. We pride ourselves on offering quick and efficient synthetic turf design and installation services to help eliminate problems of draught, flooding, mowing, fertilising… all of the problems that come with real grass.
If you’ve been inspired by Diane Padbury, and want to jump on the synthetic grass bandwagon, we’d love to hear from you.