GrassTex Environmental Series September: Chemical Runoff

Artificial turf and chemical runoff, what you should know, and environmental impact.

With synthetic turf, you have an entirely different maintenance plan than you do from natural grass. With natural grass you have to worry about weather, watering, mowing, edging, weed eating, pesticides, and mud to name a few. In fact, one of the main things customers love about synthetic turf is the ability to eliminate chemical or pesticide use on their lawn. What does that mean? A cleaner and safer space for them, their pets, and children. Less chemical use is better for the environment as well. When you use chemicals, you have to deal with the issue of chemical runoff. Chemical runoff is a major source of water pollution. It occurs when there is more water than the land can absorb. In extreme cases, the excess flow of liquid can cause irreversible damage to everything in its path.

According to the United Nations Development Program, 80 percent of all ocean pollution comes from land-based activities.  Chemical runoff is also an economic threat in addition to being an environmental one. Damage to ecosystems can consequently affect the communities and jobs that rely on them to make a living. The effects of chemical runoff can be reduced in several ways. Farms are a major nonpoint source of chemical runoff, as rainwater and irrigation wash fertilizers and pesticides into bodies of water. This process is exacerbated when fertilizer is used just before a heavy rainfall. When you remove the need for fertilizers and pesticides in your lawn then you are helping reduce chemical runoff. Your lawn looks picture ready at moment’s notice. Light solvents are more than enough to t help care for and maintain your synthetic turf on an as-needed basis but they are not necessary usually.

You can rest assured that you are doing your part for the environment when choosing GrassTex for your synthetic turf as we have a biobased backing that is Earth-friendly and some of the best backing on the market today. Our products are designed to last for years for their specified applications and are often able to be repurposed or recycled when needed.

Please follow up with your Account Manager if you have any further questions before starting your next project.
Geoff Evans
Business Director
423-598-3529- mobile