Real grass can be gorgeous but it’s a water-hog and takes maintenance. Artificial turf used to look really fake but it’s come a long way recently so you may want to consider it. I used to be able to spot fake grass from a mile away, but now they are starting to look very close to real grass. Artificial turf can be a great solution if you have an area where your grass just doesn’t stay green because it’s too shady or gets too much human or pet traffic. Here are some pros and cons to consider before you make the switch:
Artificial turf has no maintenance. So, while it’s expensive to install initially, you’ll save on water costs, mowing, fertilizing, aerating, maintaining sprinklers, weeding, etc. This makes it very eco-friendly, especially if you can find one that is made out of recycled material, like old tires or plastic bottles. And as long as you are happy with what you put in, you may not have to replace it for decades. Of course, it’s not biodegradable, so when it does come out eventually, it will wind up in a landfill someday.
If you have pets, be sure to check that the artificial turf you are considering is pet-friendly. Some of them even come with designated areas where you train your pet to relieve themselves and there is a removable section that can be cleaned. However, if your pet has sensitive feet, you should know that artificial turf can get REALLY hot in the sun, much hotter than regular grass.
If you live within the jurisdiction of a Homeowner’s Association, be sure to check with them first to make sure you aren’t breaking any rules. During the last drought, I believe a law was passed that prohibited HOAs for prohibiting artificial grass, but it may have been a temporary measure. Best to check with your HOA and/or attorney first for guidance.
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