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The frightening effects of artificial turf on both humans and the environment are already being corrected by natural grass on a daily basis. Athletes and coaches, professionals and amateurs, fans and homeowners all prefer the joy that natural grass brings into their lives. The cost(s) of installing and maintaining a natural grass field provides a far better short- and long-term value than the costs of artificial turf, especially when considering wear and lifespan. Synthetic turf simply doesn’t offer the same benefits as natural turf. Synthetic turf can’t deal with the elements of the environment and the conditions its subjected to. Small objects and materials must be meticulously removed; liquids or other residues must be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected, otherwise they present a serious health hazard. Some common elements that synthetic turf is prone to consist of after many uses include:

  • Blood
  • Spit
  • Urine
  • Vomit
  • Food and beverages
  • Gum
  • Metal particles
  • Wooden splinters
  • Animal droppings

These elements pose great risks to everyone, especially young kids. The particles used in synthetic turf can also be dangerous when exposure to excessive heat and wear. Replacing synthetic turf is highly expensive also and doesn’t last as long as a hardy natural turf.

Benefits of Natural Grass

Natural grass helps correct other environmental problems while contributing additional benefits.
The benefits of natural grass include:

  • Oxygen generation
  • Soil erosion control
  • Dust stabilisation
  • Water filtration/purification
  • Rain water entrapment for groundwater replenishment
  • Flood control/decrease runoff
  • Air pollution control
  • Enhanced entrapment and biodegradation of synthetic organic compounds
  • Reduced Greenhouse gases
  • Restoration of disturbed soils
  • Urban heat dissipation/temperature reduction
  • Noise abatement
  • Glare reduction
  • Reduced smog pollution
  • Eliminates hiding places for ticks, snakes and other potentially noxious pests
  • Decreased allergy-related pollens
  • Fire prevention (grassed firebreaks)

Below is a video from a ABC news report on the possible dangers of synthetic fields:

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