Beyond Beauty: The environmental impact of wildflower turf and the rise of bio netting

In the world of gardening and landscaping, wildflower turf has become a popular choice for those seeking to enhance biodiversity and attract pollinators to their gardens. However, what many may not realise is that the conventional method of growing wildflower turf often involves the use of an underground plastic mesh, which is left in the soil and can cause unintended plastic pollution resulting in microplastics. This is where bio netting comes into play, offering a sustainable alternative that aligns with environmental values whilst adhering to the requirements of the growing and harvesting production process.  

Historically, turf producers used underground netting to support grass growth and these nets are mostly made from plastic. The plastic net supports the logistics of the turf, reducing the risk of damaging the root system and to ensure the turf remains intact during harvest and transportation. This plastic netting, however, poses a significant environmental challenge as it degrades over time, releasing harmful chemicals and microplastics into the soil. Microplastics have been a growing concern due to their potential impact on ecosystems and wildlife.  

What is bio netting? 

What sets bio netting apart is its composition – it is plant-based, with all its components being fully biodegradable. Unlike its plastic counterpart, bio netting leaves no trace of harmful microplastics or chemicals behind as it breaks down. This innovation not only supports the health of the soil and surrounding nature but also helps mitigate the issues in working around other biodegradable alternatives. The benefit of the bio netting is that it can retain its function for a longer period of time before it will start to biodegrade – a feature that is required when some wildflower turf products at times can be on the growing beds for over a year.  

The choice of bio netting is more than just a matter of environmental stewardship; it is a commitment to quality. Following trials on alternative biodegradable solutions, it was found that the bio netting allows the root system to rapidly establish in the ground once the turf was in its final resting place. The bio netting also enables the wildflowers to germinate and grow in a high-calibre and even condition. This allows landscapers and designers to contribute to a healthier ecosystem without compromising the appeal of vibrant, biodiverse wildflower turf. 

The impact of using plastic netting in the cultivation of wildflower turf goes beyond the immediate aesthetic benefits. It is a subtle yet significant environmental concern that, unfortunately, often goes unnoticed. The release of microplastics into the soil can have detrimental effects on the surrounding environment, affecting plants, animals, and the delicate balance of ecosystems. 

Wildflower turf enthusiasts who are passionate about fostering biodiversity and supporting pollinators may find themselves unwittingly contributing to the plastic pollution problem if they are not aware of the netting used in their chosen turf. This is why the shift towards bio netting is a crucial step forward in creating a more sustainable and eco-friendly landscaping industry. 

Wildflower Turf Ltd is taking the lead in providing alternatives that prioritise both aesthetics and sustainability. By choosing Bio Netting, gardeners can enjoy the beauty of wildflower turf while actively contributing to a healthier planet. Wildflower Turf Ltd has biodiversity and sustainability at the core of its business. It continues to trial the use of alternate solutions to build a fount of knowledge and also continue to work in close contact with its partners to ensure they are using the most environmentally friendly solutions that support the logistic of wildflower turf.  

As we strive to create spaces that celebrate nature, it is essential to be mindful of the materials used in the products we choose. Bio netting not only preserves the allure of wildflower turf but also ensures that our commitment to biodiversity is not overshadowed by unintended environmental consequences. Choose bio netting for a garden that not only flourishes with vibrant colours but also nurtures the health of our planet. 

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