When crafting your dream garden, there are a lot of choices you need to make and a lot of considerations.
Deciding to opt for artificial turf in Lancashire rather than natural grass can be made for several reasons, from being easier to maintain to making it easier to avoid allergies.
However, given the interesting 80-year history of artificial lawns, there have been some fascinating uses and implementations. Here are three of our favourite cases.
The use of water in gardens is something that has become a major topic of discussion, with so many ideas to reduce how much water we used in the garden.
An artificial lawn is an option, and one football team took this a step further, with a Mexican eco-friendly stadium opening in 2010.
Estadio Omnilife was designed to be environmentally sustainable, and due to the incredible amounts of water a stadium-sized field needs it would be hypocritical, the owners reasoned, to use a standard field.
With every evolution of artificial grass, from the original AstroTurf to more recent generations of FieldTurf as well as hybrid solutions, debates begin about whether it should be widely adopted.
Artificial turf is generally a more even surface compared to natural grass, and so when playing certain sports that rely on running or how balls bounce, artificial turf leads to faster play. In tennis, for example, artificial turf courts tend to be exceptionally fast and lead to intense, fast rallies.
In airports, the edges of runways are generally lined with artificial turf, which helps pilots in many ways. No matter the season, artificial turf is easy to distinguish against the tarmac of the runway, no animals will graze on the surface, and lights can be embedded into it using fibre optics.