TURF DE­BATE IS BE­COM­ING HOT

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - OPINION -

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

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