While the Carolinas aren’t quite in the severe drought conditions of the West Coast, it has been a long, dry summer for most of us here, making a lush green lawn only a dream. However, if you’re open to alternatives, you might be surprised to know that according to houselogic.com, 10 to 15 percent of households a year in the U.S. are installing synthetic grass.
Today’s artificial grass is not your grandfather’s AstroTurf. It may have long, smooth blades of grass that look exactly like real grass but are made of plastic. You can also get putting green short or somewhere in between. Variegated strands or a thatch layer can give it an even more realistic look. The sheets of artificial grass are made of filaments threaded into a backing that lets water through.
How much does it cost?
Artificial grass runs $5 to $20 per square foot, installed. Once down, it’s virtually free for the next 15 to 25 years. And while professionally laid sod costs only 14 to 60 cents per square foot, you have to water, mow, and fertilize — all of which cost money and take time.
Intrigued? Let’s look at pros and cons:
- You’ll conserve water.
- It’s easy to maintain.
- Synthetic grass can be environmentally friendly.
And according to the Synthetic Turf Council, the recycled layer used in installation keeps 20 million rubber tires out of landfills every year.
- It’s not 100% maintenance-free—you still have to blow and rake leaves.
- It can’t absorb and break down pet urine—you’ll have to hose off regularly.
- It heats up in direct sun.
- It can’t be recycled.
So, fake may be the real deal for you if:
- You’re tired of watering, weeding, fertilizing, and cutting real grass, just to have it turn brown in the summer heat.
- Your water bills are high.
- You don’t want to use chemical fertilizers and herbicides.
- You believe artificial grass looks as good as real grass — maybe better.
For more information, visit http://www.sunset.com/garden/landscaping-design/synthetic-grass-lawn.
By: Susan Larkin (Vice President, Marketing & Public Relations)