Drought Q&A: Pros and cons of artificial grass? April 14 2014
After publication of a story on synthetic lawns in our Home & Garden section on March 15, several readers wrote in with their recommendations and personal experiences. Most loved it, but artificial turf is not for everybody. Some cities, including Sacramento, forbid artificial turf in city codes. But in light of the drought, those restrictions may be lifting as more people seek low-water landscape options.
Before installing synthetic grass, check with your local water agency or city utilities department. While some communities have restrictions on artificial turf use, others offer rebates for installation.
Recent technological innovations make today’s fake grass look just as good – or better – than the real thing with little maintenance. The biggest benefit: green play space that requires no water.
“It is amazing that a healthy grass lawn typically requires 55 gallons of water per square foot per year,” said Brian McGibbon of Fields of Green, a Northern California synthetic lawn company. “That is 44,000 gallons of water per year for an 800-square-foot lawn. Our products can last 15 to 20 years. That means a new 800-square-foot waterless lawn (can) save 660,000 gallons over 15 years.”