Friday, January 29, 2016
What's in a name? A lot it seems.
Man: Dear Council, can I lay synthetic green carpet on my verge?
Council: Certainly not.
Man: Dear Council, can I lay artificial turf on my verge?
Council: Certainly. And thankyou for being so environmentally conscious.
But seriously, Councils should be banning this stuff. Boxing out verges, filling them with compacted road base and then laying green plastic* on top is no way to treat the places you want to grow an urban forest!
Have you noticed that wherever you see artificial grass on a verge there's never a tree there?
a) the council doesn't have the nerve to cut a hole in it to plant a tree (picture above)
b) there was a tree there but it died (picture below **)
So, does artificial grass have any place at all?
Sure. In sports stadiums, on cruise ships and around McDonalds' playgrounds.
Just not on our road verges please.
We prefer trees there.
* Artificial grass is made of a blend of polypropylene and polyethylene
** Good luck patching that whole. Real grass would of course grow over it.