7 Real Reasons to Consider Fake Grass

Is your lawn getting to be a real pain in the… grass? If your relaxing weekends have been supplanted by the never-ending work of mowing, fertilizing, watering, and weeding, it may be time to consider artificial turf. This isn't the Astroturf of the old days—today’s “fake” grass has come a long way. There are many options available that replicate lush natural grasses, such as Kentucky bluegrass, rye grass, and fescue. Artificial turf is becoming a viable and increasingly popular landscaping choice—but is it right for you? Here are just a few grass facts to help you answer that very question.

Water Woes

Conserving Water

Watering lawns costs a lot of cash—up to $200 per month per acre. Not only that, but dwindling water supplies and the resulting restrictions in many areas of the country mean there's not much to waste on thirsty lawns. Here's where artificial turf offers a solution: For every square foot of natural grass replaced, 55 gallons of water can be saved every year. That means you'll still get the lush, green look you want, all while conserving valuable water resources.

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Allergen Abatement

Allergy Free

One of the most common culprits of severe seasonal allergies? You guessed it: grass. Runny noses, itchy eyes, and coughing go hand in hand with lawn care for those who suffer from grass allergies. An artificial lawn eliminates the allergens, leaving you free to breathe easier without having to pop a handful of allergy pills.

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Tough Stuff

Pet Proof

Small kids love running, jumping, and digging outdoors, which is all fun and games until the lawn starts looking ragged and patchy. For those with dogs, the damage can be even more severe, as pet waste is toxic to most grass varieties. Instead of struggling to grow a lawn under such tough conditions, consider synthetic grass, which will always look lush and provide a soft and cushy surface for tiny toes.


Staying Green

Eco Friendly

Maybe you've heard that a truly green household is a grass-free one. There's certainly something to that notion. Artificial turf has a positive impact on the environment by eliminating the need for toxic pesticides and avoiding the potential harm that can result from over fertilizing lawns. Fake lawns also cut down on yard waste, because no mowing means no grass clippings to cart to the curb for trash pickup. In addition, artificial grass is made from many recycled materials, such as old rubber tires, which would have otherwise been destined for the landfill.

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No Sun, No Problem

Shade Tolerant

A peaceful tree-lined street is a beautiful thing—but trying to grow grass in all that shade? Not so much. Even so-called “shade-tolerant” grass varieties are difficult to grow under trees or near shaded foundations. That's never a problem with artificial turf. Not only can you install this “lawn” in shady corners of your yard, but it also works in nontraditional areas, such as rocky slopes or sandy soil.

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No More Mowing

Power Equipment Maintenance

Traditional lawns require an army of tools for maintenance, including mowers, edgers, sprinklers, spreaders, and so much more. Once you install an artificial lawn, however, you can say goodbye to all that gear and free up much-needed space in your garage or shed.

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No More Maintenance

Low Maintenance Lawn

Synthetic turf is designed to last more than 15 years under heavy use, including daily rough-and-tumble sports. It is virtually maintenance-free, requiring only a periodic rinse with a hose. Backbreaking mowing, weeding, seeding, feeding, watering, and other tasks become a thing of the past, allowing you to spend time enjoying your yard rather than maintaining it.

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