Not only do they increase the warmth of the surrounding areas but also the lawns themselves can reach temperatures that could burn the bare feet of children and pets.
As a plastic, they also give off toxic fumes for passers-by to breathe in.
If you don’t want the work of a lawn then put down a thick layer of mulch. This at least is adding to the health of the soil and not killing it off.
Plant a few hardy natives local to the area and it can become a beautiful, life-giving garden instead of a toxic death zone.
JULIE NEILL, Gwelup