TURF DEBATE IS BECOMING HOT
WHO knew fake lawn could generate so many emotions. After agonising over the fate of our desolate back yard for a couple of years, we finally decided to lay synthetic turf over quite a large area and plant a few water-wise plants to give the space some sense of reality. I have to say, it is pretty awesome to look out the window and see a perfectly manicured, lush green lawn every morning. It saves a heap of water and I don’t have to mow it every second weekend. But it does have a slightly soulless appearance and takes on a spooky purplish glow at night. Now, I find we might well have added to global warming. A university study showed city areas with lots of concrete and synthetic turf are much hotter than low-density areas. So what started as a plan to conserve precious water has become a heated debate about overheating the planet.
Rick Lee - regional editor