Prolonged drought can wreak havoc on your landscape. The average property owner spends 60 percent of their water bill on outdoor irrigation, and during times of drought, imposed water restrictions can leave you watching your precious, beautiful lawn dry up, turn brown and die.
Instead of watching your lawn waste away, have you ever thought about synthetic turf? Many home and business owners are looking to this solution to keep their properties looking lush.
In the past synthetic turfs have gotten a bad wrap and typically thought of as just for sports fields, but recent technological innovations make today’s fake grass look better than the real thing, making it a preferred choice for some water conserving and cost conscious property owners.
So, what exactly is artificial turf? Today’s synthetic turf is made of nylon, polyethylene, or polypropylene that’s colored to look like various species. It consists of filaments threaded into a backing that lets water through. The backing is laid on a drainage layer, usually compacted gravel, and fastened along the perimeter. Then, it’s filled with recycled crumb rubber or sand to keep it from blowing away in a stiff breeze.
In addition to the obvious water savings, there are other benefits to choosing artificial turf:
- You no longer have to deal with common lawn diseases, weeds and lawn pests, or muddy areas.
- Since the life expectancy of artificial turf averages around 15 years, over the long-term, you will reduce your spending on fertilizer, pesticide and other maintenance costs.
- You’ll give Mother Nature a helping hand. You’ll reduce pollutants from no longer using gas-powered lawn equipment, and chemicals from fertilizers and pesticides.
During times of extreme drought, or if you just want a low-maintenance, low-cost lawn, artificial turf may be the answer you’re looking for. Artificial turf, along with other low-water landscape options, will help you maintain the lush landscape that you desire. In some areas, you may even qualify for a rebate or incentive for using artificial turf.
Let the experts at The Grounds Guys help you decide how best to weather the harsh summer weather with low-water irrigation options, like artificial turf.
Artificial turf images compliments of Lewis Vine, Owner of The Grounds Guys of Chula Vista, in Chula Vista, California. Visit the Chula Vista Facebook page for more information and photos.