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UK Lawns replaced by synthetic grass predicts Royal Horticultural Society

Grass Clippings - Climate ChangeClimate change could dramatically alter plants and lawns in British gardens, according to a new report from the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) report.

Flood-proof flowerbeds, exotic plants, and new pests and diseases may become common amid rising temperatures and increased rainfall, it says, adding that drier summers and more frequent "extreme" winter weather will mean Britons face greater challenges maintain their gardens.

Compiled with input from Met Office experts and university academics, the report also predicted that climate change could lead to a north-south divide for British gardens.

The south of England is likely to become warmer and drier, while the country north of Northampton is set to be cooler and wetter, resulting in an extended growing season, it says.

An RHS survey of 1,000 gardeners found those in the north already mowed their lawns more often than those in the south.  But the report concludes that climate change could mean gardens will need more mowing, weeding and pruning, although it says that maintaining a fresh green lawn will become a challenge in some parts of the country.

As a result, some gardeners in south-east England, where the average summer temperature is projected to rise 4C by 2080 unless global carbon emissions are cut, are expected to turn to synthetic lawns as a shortage of summer rain makes it difficult to maintain real grass.
Real grass or synthetic grass, both will require regular maintaining.


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