Many rich professionals believe that the only way to eliminate garden maintenance is by covering the soil with a thick layer of plastic grass. However, plastic grass is not just an unpleasant alternative to real grass, but it is also not ecological.
Why is plastic grass so vehemently discouraged? Well, layering a thick piece of impermeable plastic on the surface of the soil restricts in from the sun, water, air, and nutrients. It suffocates the soil bed, and all the natural organisms living in the soil, such as earthworms and fungi are killed. All sources of plants are eliminated and the natural food cycle for the birds, bats, insects, frogs, and hedgehogs is destroyed.
The impact that plastic grass has on our environment is huge. Over 84 million tonnes of carbon emissions are produced during the making of this hideous grass, which counts up for about a quarter of all of the UK's carbon emissions.
This grass does not last for more than twenty years and is often unrecyclable. This means this plastic ends up in a landfill or is incinerated that causes even more damage to our environment. It is probably not possible for everybody to afford manicured gardens, but normal grass and weeds provide food for the wildlife which can restore the natural food cycle on a small scale.
There are multiple alternatives to plastic grass, like ponds that attract frogs, toads, newts, and many birds and insects to your garden. Moreover, you can use the garden borders to plant fruit trees which once established, will reward you with organic, fresh, and delicious fruit for years to come.