She lives in California, which is frequently subjected to droughts and hose-pipe bans. She is also aware of the damaging effects of certain fertilisers on the ecosystem and the water table. The end result is, by her admission, a small, brown, ugly patch of back garden with very little grass turf and big patches of weeds.

However, she has often noticed the other grass turf areas in her neighbourhood. Their bright green hue was a pleasure to drive past. But this meant that early in the morning and late in the evening the sprinklers would come on, as they do all across the US, to keep the lawns alive.

All this water was often seen trickling across the pavement to form little rivers in the gutter, which would flow straight down the drains. As an ecologist, that terrified her. Milesi persuaded NASA to conduct research into how much of America was grass turf being watered every day. The results were shocking. America has three times the area of irrigated and fertilised lawns as it does corn, which is the most farmed crop in the country.

Lawn Care in the UK

Thankfully, most British lawns don't need sprinklers to keep them wet. However, in the summer time, particularly between July and August, there are times when we all need to water our lawns, and during hose-pipe bans our lawns go dry and die.

We also tend to compensate for poor weather and little sunshine by over-fertilising. And mowing the lawn usually results in ripping up roots in the damp ground. Sometimes, it seems like you just can't win.

But luckily there is a solution. Artificial grass turf, like the varieties we offer on this site, don't need water, fertilisers or lawnmowers to keep them beautiful. Once the tiles have been selected and laid, the work is done. So take a look at the range of textures, colours and types available and see which one is right for your garden, playground or roof terrace. Mother Nature will thank you.