Dallas - In today's "all-natural" approach to satisfy consumer interests, a synthetic product is becoming ultimately popular -- and it's because of Mother Nature's dramatic change.
Many homeowners in the Midwest and Southwest areas of the United States are experiencing little to no precipitation heading into Fall. Local news station KFDX3
in Texoma, Texas has reported recently that due to summer drought heading into the fall months, many Texans are replacing their existing natural grass yards with synthetic grass. This growing trend happens because the drought, combined with watering restrictions, makes it even harder for many Texas residents as well as residents of other drought-prone states to justify regularly watering their grass, often for hours at a time. During the months when it isn't raining regularly, and drought restrictions are in place, it is nearly impossible for homeowners to keep a green, healthy lawn. This may lead to lower home values and less than desirable curb appeal. Homeowners are looking for alternatives to spending money and getting penalized for simply watering their lawn and not to keep it alive.
In addition to helping conserve water, many cities are also paying homeowners to remove their real grass lawns in order to save water. For instance, smartplanet.com
reports that Los Angeles has paid over $1.4 million to homeowners since 2009 to remove grass lawns, and Las Vegas has banned grass in any new residential developments. Las Vegas also has a rebate plan that has paid about $200 million to remove grass from residences and businesses in order to prevent another drought that wiped out their water resources in the last few years.
Maintenance and care
Even though synthetic grass has some misconceptions, many residents who live in drought-prone areas have found that it is easy to maintain
and care for and also looks almost identical to real grass. Even though synthetic grass doesn't need to be watered regularly like living grass does, many grass manufacturers recommend that it be hosed down once each week to remove dust and allergens and to keep infill distributed equally. For cleaning up after dogs, artificial grass can be used normally. Owners can clean up messes with a regular plastic bag or pooper scooper, and then regular rinsing will keep the grass smelling fresh. Beyond weekly rinsing, many manufacturers also recommend using a freshener or artificial turf deodorizer to help ensure order elimination, especially if you have dogs or other pets. In addition, after any messes that may come from any fall barbecues for children's parties, homeowners can use lukewarm water to rinse away any debris. For bigger messes, a mild soap (or a mixture of vinegar and water) is also acceptable for synthetic grass.