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Water wise
with Easigrass

 Climate change means                      outdoor areas.                              For many, a large percentage goes to
                                             He points out that Easigrass is the       garden upkeep. Water hungry lawns
 irregular rainfall is here                                                            drink up 60% of this – with at least
                                           world’s leading artificial grass brand      half being lost to evaporation or run
           to stay.                        and is based in the United Kingdom.         off due to the grasses’ shallow root
                                           All Easigrass is fully UV protected,        bases, inefficient sprinkler systems or
In many parts of South Africa, severe      with Easigrass and Van Dyck Carpets         slopes in many coastal areas.
drought and water restrictions have        offering the highest warranties on
transformed once green lawns into          artificial grass of 8 years. Locally, it      Truniger says that, although differ-
dusty patches while, in others, flash      is backed by flooring giant, Van Dyck       ent sized lawns and the dedication of
floods have resulted in massive wash       Carpets which applies the same high         gardeners to irrigating their gardens
aways and even sink holes.                 international standards when it comes       mean usage will vary from property to
                                           to quality, design excellence, product      property, studies indicate that up to
  Trigger Truniger, the national ac-       back up and guarantees.                     60% of a household’s water bill could
counts manager for Easigrass South                                                     be saved through replacing natural
Africa, says that Easigrass is the           Because European and South Afri-          with artificial turf.
perfect alternative to thirsty natural     can grasses are completely different,
grass – or grass that has shrivelled       Van Dyck has researched, designed             Although switching to Easigrass
and died when it couldn’t be wa-           and launched nine artificial grasses        means an upfront investment, this
tered. Gardeners the world over have       that resemble popular local varieties.      will quickly be offset by reduced water
countered the effects of freak weather                                                 bills and savings on garden services,
patterns by installing quality artificial    According to Truniger, although Ar-       mowing, fertilisers and weed killers.
grass with the additional advantage of     tificial grass is not yet the first choice  With the current increase in water tar-
saving on water bills.                     for South African home owners who           iffs in various SA provinces, this time
                                           are trying to cope with either too little   has been drastically reduced to about
  “We believe that drought friendly        or too much rainfall, it is becoming        1 – 2 years.
landscaping is critical when it comes      an increasingly popular alternative to
to saving water. Many municipali-          natural grass. As homeowners are left         Easigrass is also installed by pro-
ties are still imposing stringent water    with options of either gravel, paving       fessionals who are able to advise on
restrictions with massive penalties        or wooden decking in the areas where        a variety of issues, including drainage
for those overstepping their water         grass is not growing, Easigrass is          which is becoming increasingly im-
usage allowances. In addition, there’s     slowly becoming the preferred option.       portant in light of predictions of more
the prospect of steep hikes in water                                                   intense rainfall within shorter periods.
tariffs in the near future, again giving     Based on his extensive research
homeowners reason to limit their           into future water trends, he believes         “With Easigrass, you will have the
water use,” he says.                       that Easigrass will gain market share       added benefit of excellent drainage
                                           within a very short space of time.          which is particularly important during
  Easigrass, which is low maintenance                                                  heavy showers. We use a special-
and requires no watering, provides the       “We need to remember that, even           ised compacted grit base, with a Geo
best of both worlds – meaningful wa-       without the threat of global warm-          textile weed barrier on top of your
ter savings together with an aestheti-     ing, South Africa is a naturally water      soil which, in heavy rainfall areas,
cally pleasing garden that remains         scarce country,” he says.                   provides a waiting area for water
lush and green year round allowing                                                     when the soil underneath becomes
homeowners to just keep their shrubs         According to the Department of            saturated. This is often what makes
and trees alive.                           Water Affairs, the majority of South        natural grass soggy and muddy and
                                           Africa’s water goes to irrigation (66%)     causes damage from run off and al-
  Easigrass also blends with indig-        followed by domestic use (27%).             lows pet urine to also drain away,” he
enous and drought tolerant plants                                                      points out.
to produce attractive contemporary           The typical household uses about
                                           250 litres of water a day or an aver-
                                           age of 37 500 litres of water a month!

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