When artificial turf first emerged, many people believed it would signal the end for natural grass – especially in homes. Yet, that never happened – and for good reason. In fact, when compared to artificial turf, natural grass appears to win the comparison, hands down. Some of the primary benefits of natural grass include the following:
The Eco Benefits of Natural Grass
· A 2,500 square ft. field of natural grass can release enough oxygen for a family of four for an entire year.
· Natural grass absorbs carbon dioxide, which is extremely important when considering the effects of natural vs. artificial grass on global warming.
· Beneficial organisms reside in natural grass and topsoil; these organisms efficiently break down and recycle both inorganic and organic elements which land on the grass.
· Natural grass filters rainwater before it flows into the groundwater.
· Natural grass is much cooler than artificial turf, asphalt, cement or bare dirt.
· Most people prefer the smell and appearance of natural grass.
· Natural grass repairs and regenerates itself; artificial turf requires expensive repair by specialty contractors.
· When compared with artificial turf on playing fields, natural grass provides good traction, which, in this instance is better than the great traction provided by artificial turf which means the turf has no 'give'. The super traction on artificial turf can cause injury.
· Removing and disposing of artificial turf is both difficult and expensive. End-of-life disposal costs for natural grass is a tiny fraction of the cost for artificial turf.
· Natural grass prevents soil erosion.
· Athletic field workers are instructed not to breathe the dust and to use a breathing apparatus when applying silica sand as infill for artificial turf due to the risk of “delayed lung injury.” No such risk exists with natural grass.
· When interviewed, a whopping 96 percent of NFL players believed artificial turf leads to more sore muscles and fatigue than natural grass, and 91 percent believed artificial turf is much more likely to contribute to a serious injury than natural grass.
· Specialty types of natural grass have made it possible to play sports and have lawns of natural grass across the globe, in all climactic areas.
· One study concluded there was a higher incidence of MRSA infection among U.S. football players who train or play on artificial grass. Apparently “turf burn” abrasions create entry for MRSA infection in baths and whirlpools.
· A study in Utah found the average temperature of artificial turf between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. was 117 degrees with a high of 157 degrees. In stark contrast, natural grass had an average temperature of 78.19 degrees with a high of 88.5 degrees under the same conditions.
· Over a period of eight years, when installation and maintenance costs are combined, natural grass is the more affordable choice, according to a study done by Springfield College.
If you are considering artificial turf vs. natural grass for a sports field, a playground, or even your own back yard, the above facts should convince you that, no matter how far technology has come, there is simply no substitute for green, healthy, fragrant natural grass.
Greenhorizons Sod Farms can go over your sports field construction needs with you to see which option may be the best.
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