If you look out at your garden and see a scorched patch of balding turf devoid of “deep green colour and velvet texture… the pride of our island”, as the 19th-century Scottish botanist John Claudius Loudon described the British lawn, then the idea of artificial grass might have occurred to you.
But you’d have to be brave to admit it. There has been fierce opposition from many in the gardening world to the thought of fake grass. As Guy Barter, chief horticulturist at the RHS, summarises, artificial grass is “not as pleasant to sit or play on” as real turf, it can get “slimy, mossy and weedy”, and “there is no wildlife benefit”. Jamie Butterworth, an RHS ambassador who trained at RHS Wisley...
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