Busy Britons are ditching their lawns for patios and decking
SO much for the green, green, grass of home. . . the perfectly-manicured lawn is going out of fashion.
One in four homes no longer has grass in the garden, a survey has found.
The green oases are being replaced by low-maintenance decking or patios.
Are lawns becoming a thing of the past? Now one in four homes has no grass as decking, paving and AstroTurf take over
A freshly mown lawn was once a source of pride for millions of British homeowners.
But one in four homes now has no real grass in its garden as the UK paves over its green space, a survey has found.
As gardening falls out of favour with many Britons, households are choosing low maintenance alternatives such as paving, decking and AstroTurf – with almost three-quarters of adults saying that a lawn is a ‘burden’.
The humble lawn is on the way out, and instead we are subjected to the false prophets of decking astroturf and paving slabs – oh, how we mourn the death of the English garden. Though, of course, some companies have more incentive than others to make us love our lawns:
The poll, for garden furniture firm Alfresia.co.uk, discovered that one in 10 of us has even replaced traditional lawns with artificial grass such as AstroTurf.
Lose the lawn? Heresy! If we didn’t have a lawn, what exactly would we put in its place? Let’s ask the marketing manager of the firm who paid for this story to be in the news:
Craig Corbett, marketing manager at Alfresia.co.uk, said: “As a time-poor nation, we are constantly looking for ways to maintain our homes and outdoor space, with minimum effort and minimum cost.
“For those who don’t have the time but don’t want to miss out on the amount of wildlife a lawn will attract, it is important to feature plenty of low-maintenance varieties of hedges and potted plants as well as other natural plantation.
“They will attract birds, bees, butterflies and more.”
Ah, thank goodness we have Alfresia to tell us what things from Alfresia we should be buying to solve our lawn issues, whatever would we do without them. Well, for starters, we wouldn’t be reading PR stories they’ve placed in the news, for one. In the time I’ve been picking apart this piece of PR-puffery, I could have been tending to my fictional lawn.