As many gardeners will know, climate change is already having an impact on our gardens. Every year, extreme and unusual weather affects everything from veggies to flowers and many homeowners are finding it harder and harder to cope with changing weather trends. From droughts to floods and heat waves to cold snaps, unseasonable and severe weather is having an impact on us all.
According to a recent report from the Royal Horticultural Society, climate change is set to alter plants and lawns in British gardens even further in the coming years. In the report, The RHS says that “the changing climate will have a big impact on the way we garden.” It goes on to describe how flash flooding and periods of drought are likely to become more common with the growing population. The subsequent pressure on housing will only put more pressure on our outside spaces.
The lawn, a mainstay of any British garden, is particularly vulnerable to climate change. Requiring large amounts of water and sensitive to extreme conditions, grass up and down the country is struggling to cope with climate change. As a result, increasing numbers of people are switching to artificial alternatives and some are even predicting that artificial grass could soon replace lawns throughout the UK.
Grass and water
Natural grass lawns need a lot of watering to keep them in good condition. On average, a lawn will require around one to one and a half inches of water a week to stay looking lush. In periods of drought, they’ll need even more. If they don’t get enough water, lawns will soon begin to dry out and turn brown. This leaves your garden looking parched and making it less attractive. However, too much water can also be damaging. Flooding can quickly leave lawns muddy, waterlogged and unusable.
Replacing grass with artificial lawns
As flooding, droughts and unseasonable weather become more common, one of the easiest ways for gardeners to keep their outside space looking great throughout the year will be to replace natural grass with artificial lawns. Unlike real grass, artificial alternatives don’t need watering to stay looking green and lush. What’s more, in periods of heavy rain or flooding, artificial lawns won’t become muddy or begin to die in the wet weather. As soon as the sun comes out again, your artificial grass surface will be green, clean and ready to use.
With more than half of UK adults counting gardening as a hobby, climate change is going to have a big impact on a large percentage of the population. If you want to prepare your garden for extreme weather now, take a look around our site to find out more about the benefits of artificial lawns.