Can I have artificial grass and still encourage wildlife to my garden?
How will artificial grass affect wildlife habitats?
As part of our environmental policy, we make every effort to preserve the natural habitats of insects and wildlife with artificial grass. We happily recommend installing around existing bushes and trees to prevent them from being removed.
At Fake Grass Essex we also encourage keeping existing flower beds and borders, or creating new ones as part of your installation. This approach gives you the best of both worlds, allowing wildlife to thrive while you get the low maintenance lawn you need.
What about birds – they will have no food?
We encourage placing a bird table and hanging bird feeders in your garden as a good way to provide food for birds.
Many birds prefer a place to perch when they eat versus a low, open space where they are vulnerable to predators anyway.
What about worms – they will have nowhere to go?
Worms are generally happier underground where the soil is moist! They breathe through their skin and eat dirt, so prefer being in the deep dark of the ground.
A small worm can travel as much as 27 feet in an hour, 6 feet underground.
What about hedgehogs?
We suggest leaving a gap or ‘hedgehog hole’ in your fence so that hedgehogs can pass freely through your garden and into other areas. The average roaming distance of a hedgehog is over 2km in a single night.
Dead logs and leaves can provide a welcome habitat for hedgehogs, so why not leave these in border or planting areas to provide shelter and wildlife with artificial grass.
Supplementary food like wet cat or dog food can also be placed in the garden.