The Lawn Association team noticed one major theme that overrode all others last year… Sustainability, sustainability, sustainability!
From intense, hot temperatures in the summer, to flooding in the winter, mother nature has been a force to be reckoned with, and probably will continue to be so in 2023. With changing weather patterns and seasons, the only way to achieve sensible lawn care, is to work with nature not against her.
BIG no no’s moving forward have to include the massive use of fake lawns, which are simply one of the worst perils you can imagine for our natural biodiversity. It has been great to see those such as the Landscape show making a stand on plastic turf, citing three main reasons for their push towards real turf over artificial:
1 – the environmental impact
2 – the effect on wildlife
3 – widespread recycling issues
…the Lawn Association team applauds them! The Lawn Association have come on board as partners with Landscape for the show this year. David Hedges Gower, the Chairman of the Lawn Association will be on a guest panel to discuss the benefits of REAL turf and the association will also have a stand at the show.
For a BIG yes, the Lawn Association says all the marvellous battery-operated mowers that are available now? Bring them on! From walk-behind mowers and ride-ons to full autonomous robots such as the brand-new ones from STIGA which will be launched this year, mowing has never been greener! Battery mowers are not only eco-friendly, but also quiet, cordless and low maintenance.
David Hedges Gower, of the Lawn Association states “A traditional lawn is simply natural grass maintained in an unnatural (but pleasing) way. That’s why good lawn care is all about working with nature, not against it. The fundamental reason why I will never stop urging people not to replace lawns with plastic, concrete or any other sub-strata is because we need living gardens as vital parts of the environment, maintaining biodiversity and keeping us all healthy.”
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