Friday, 8 January 2010

Mowing The Grass - A Dangerous Pursuit?

Even though it's still winter here in the UK with heavy snow in most areas, it won't be long before people start thinking of getting out the old lawn mower ready for that first cut of the Spring. Before you so, however, this might be a good time to reflect on whether you should have an artificial grass lawn installed.

”Why?” you might ask. Well, apart from the most obvious benefits of artificial grass such as saving on water, helping to reduce air and river pollution and avoiding grass allergies, mowing natural grass can lead to accidents and injuries.

According to a BBC report carried out over a period of 5 years in the USA, well over 60,000 Americans were admitted to hospital A&E because of lawn mower accidents. The most common injuries were cuts and bruises but there were cases of bone fractures, limb amputations and even a number of deaths. Admittedly, it was the ride-on type of lawn mower that was involved in the majority of these accidents and in the UK, of course, only a fraction of households can afford that type of mower. However, you should not rest on your laurels if you use a push-type mower because according to reports, over 6,000 people are injured every single year in the UK by lawn mowers of all types - a staggering statistic. Most of these injuries appear to be because the users either did not follow the mower manufacturer's instructions correctly or they misused the mower in some way.

So what's the solution? Well, you can start reading up on how to avoid lawn mower injuries OR you can decide to install artificial grass. Long term you are likely to reap far greater benefits than just avoiding lawn mower accidents – you’ll be helping the environment, saving on needless lawn watering and of course spending more time in your garden at leisure because you don't have to spend countless hours mowing the grass and emptying the grass clippings!