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"experts say the grass provides no benefit to wildlife and if the popularity continues to rise then we could see a decline in bird, insect and mammal populations across the country.

The warning comes after it was revealed that premiership footballer John Terry reportedly spent £150,000 ripping up his natural lawn only to replace it with fake grass."

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-3083435/Rise-artificial-lawns-threatens-Britain-s-wildlife-especially-birds-no-longer-dig-worms.html 

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    I agree with the experts and think artifical grass is typical of modern life- crap. when will people wake up and realise that other species have as much right to occupy this planet as us. Oh yeah when its too late and the planet is dying. John Terry is exactly the type of person i would expect to waste so much money and resources on such a trophy possesion.

  • Here here - Its moraly wrong, disgusting and pretty much the same as covering a lawn with concrete instead - it just looks green - i for one Will not install it and while give my opinion why honestly - it makes me sick to think people would waste their money on a short term green plastic sheet to kill off their garden.

  • We live in an age where a large majority of people are only interested in controlling an environment to get the most out of it as they can ignoring everything else around them, this is just another example of human greed....
  • PRO

    We'll said brothers. Let us fight this evil and make the world a better place.

  • PRO

    I have installed this product in the past but now will only take these jobs on where no other real alternative solution is viable, such as a small (50M2 max) area to replace a lawn where the client had mobility issues. However in this example the surrounding areas had raised flower and veg beds etc and an abundance of wild life.

    However, I have been asked to lay anything from 200 to 1,000 M2 in normal private gardens simply as they want have a nice looking lawn and so called be maintenance free.  I would reckon that in 85% of these requests, a new real lawn with basic aftercare should be the only option and hence would and have turned these down.

    I do respect the right for people to make their own choices  but would like to see “installers” suggesting alternative solutions and certainly highlight the Pro’s and Con’s so that they can make an educated decision rather than be seduced by the glossy brochure . 

    Yes they have their place in moderation and yes it does come at a price and more than just hitting their bank balance to purchase and install.

    • £150,000 !! Must have been a special John Terry price. Good luck to them. Not keen on it myself but we have recently started installing it.

  • PRO

    Good grief.  He installed it to save him having to mow his lawn, I'm sure at that price he could have a guy in every day to mow the lawn for a good number of years!

  • I have installed it for many years. One client had cronic fatigue syndrome so it was a great solution. Another had kids that play for a well known football club so they train on it every day. They weren't willing to wait until the real grass established. 
    For me it is grass all the way. We also need to be honest about the cons of turf such as 

    1.  Weeds establish in it and are painful to get out

    2.  It needs lots of sand to stand up that needs to be replaced 

    3.  It is better looking but still looks plastic

    4.  It is difficult to install properly 

    it has its place in the right setting and circumstances but real grass is always the better option

  • This stuff should be banned.

    • Bit drastic!!! With that phylosophy,  you'd end up banning just about everything. 

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