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Age of the no-mow lawn: Artificial grass shoots up in popularity as gardeners abandon maintenance

Published:2014-01-08
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If you think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence, you may be right.
Soaring numbers of gardeners are replacing their patchy lawns with artificial turf  -  which requires no mowing, no maintenance and can last for up to five years without fading.
The synthetic surface also provides a soft landing under children's climbing frames and can even cope with dog urine, which can damage natural grass.

Soaring numbers of gardeners are replacing their patchy lawns with artificial turf
Britain's largest grass supplier, said it was selling around 15,000 square metres of fake turf every week  -  up 35 per cent on last year.
DIY chain B&Q also said it had sold 22,000 square metres of artificial-grass, or the equivalent of five football pitches, since it began stocking the product this year.
Married father-of-two Paul Broster, 38, a university lecturer, installed a 15ft by 12ft patch of fake grass in his garden in West Didsbury, Manchester.
He said: 'Our garden is north-facing and the existing grass just never got any sun.
'For months and months of the year, it was a permanent mud bath. It was costing me £100 a time to replace the lawn, so I decided to bite the bullet and fork out £400 for artificial grass.
'It is much better because the dog and kids can play on it all year round without getting filthy or traipsing mud through the house.'
But while immaculate fake lawns will make some gardeners green with envy, critics have pointed out that artificial grass is not very green in environmental terms.
Pippa Greenwood, of BBC2's Gardeners' World, said: 'It's not comfy to sit on and environmentally it's a disaster zone.
'There's no way to support any ecosystem under plastic turf.'
The driest start to the year in decades has left many gardeners despairing at the state of their scorched brown lawns.
But some homeowners, it seems, have found a way to beat nature and keep their grass looking green and lush.
Sales of fake grass are apparently soaring as increasing numbers of gardeners replace their bleached lawns with artificial turf.