Cities and Utility Companies Across the United States Now Offering Rebates

Another indicator of a down economy: Rebates from water districts, encouragements for homeowners to install synthetic grass, are starting to dry up.

Some desert areas, such as Las Vegas and Scottsdale, Arizona, continue to offer residential customers incentives to replace (or not plant) natural grass in favor of artificial turf. In Las Vegas, residents who install water-wise landscaping such as synthetic grass receive $1.50 per square foot, with a limit of 5,000 square feet. In Scottsdale, the rebate is a maximum 50 cents per square foot. Some cities in the Coachella Valley Water District’s service area can receive $2.00 per square foot. And in other communities in the West, water-saving rebates can be had for installing waterless turf.

However, many water providers have discontinued their rebates since the high-water mark of 2009, when most residents in Southern California were eligible for H2O-saving rebates of 75 cents or more per square foot for installing artificial turf. The city of Riverside is an exception, still promoting $1.00 per square foot incentives; most municipalities have retracted rebate programs. The Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, a consortium of 26 agencies that once was a big backer of water-saving rebates for synthetic grass, now leaves those to the discretion of individual suppliers.

And most of those suppliers are not offering artificial grass rebates, because they are no longer being subsidized by the likes of the MWD or state governments – their allocated budgets were often depleted rebate programs proved more popular than anticipated. (However, MWD’s SoCal Water $mart rebates for installing water-conservation items as clothes washers, toilets, irrigation controllers and nozzles remain in effect, and a “Residential Turf Grass Removal Rebate” that excludes synthetic grass installation is also offered.)

In 2006, the city of Palm Springs sponsored a $4.00/square foot rebate for residential synthetic grass swaps, making installation much more affordable. Today there is no incentive. “That doesn’t mean the water companies don’t acknowledge that installing artificial turf saves a lot of water – it does,” said Dave Koller, conservation coordinator for Coachella Valley. Since the Southern Nevada Water Authority began rebates in 2002, it estimates 10 billion gallons water that would have gone to irrigate lawns have been saved by the replace-natural-grass program.

To learn if synthetic grass rebates are available in your area, contact your water provider.

The Greener Lawn that is TRULY “GREEN”

Synthetic grass is environmentally smart and earth-friendly. You know the words:

Too bad the corroborating facts supporting that phrase that pays in so many ways aren’t always so easy to remember. Here’s a refresher course, with talking points, to review what makes today’s artificial turf green in every way:

Know about H20 conservation A natural grass lawn needs lots of water to stay green and healthy – 40 inches of water per square foot per year in most temperate climates, according to government and university analysis. Now consider that most homeowners habitually overwater, often doubling what the grass needs. That makes 80 gallons. Don’t forget evaporation, which typically accounts for another 20 gallons annually. Add it all up, and one square foot of sod can consume 100 gallons of water per year! (Calculator handy? Using this math, annual water consumption for natural grass equates to 11.2 cups of water per square inch.) An artificial turf lawn, of course, requires NO WATER to stay perfectly green, year after year.

No chemicals Fertilizers aren’t needed to keep synthetic grass looking healthy, and use of herbicides, pesticides, fungicides etc. isn’t likely. Not applying chemicals that contribute to groundwater contamination and toxic runoff – that’s more than a side (or –cide) benefit for the environment.

Getting the lead out Unlike yesterday’s Nylon turf, today’s polyethylene-based products are manufactured without lead, lead chromates or other heavy metals. The color comes from naturally occurring pigments embedded in the fiber.

Zero mower emissions Sharp observers will note that synthetic grass renders lawn mowers (and weed trimmers) obsolete. Since gas-powered lawn equipment can produce as much pollution in one hour of use as 10 automobiles, turf contributes to cleaner air.

Cutting down on lawn clippings Actually, never having to use a mower means absolutely no cuttings. That reduces landfill glut, since lawn waste can account for one-third or more of a community’s waste. Also, decaying grass clippings contribute to the greenhouse effect.

Energy savings Far less energy is consumed in the manufacture of turf than is used for years of maintenance of natural grass. For added fuel to the fire, consider the decreased amount of fossil fuels or natural gas used to produce and process lawn care chemicals, or the paper and plastic products that support maintenance.

Recyclable and reusable Components of synthetic grass and installations can be recycled and reused to make shopping and tote bags, T-shirts and coasters, or repurposed as top dressings for landscaping and fuel for industrial furnaces.

Bonus points The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certificiation program awards up to 14 of its possible 100 base points for green construction relating to synthetic grass installation.

Need a New Lawn? Consider Artificial Turf!

Tired of spending hours mowing that ever-growing green stuff that never gives you a break each Sunday? Or maybe those dry brown spots have turned your backyard’s appearance completely upside down. It’s even possible that your lawn out front has undergone Revenge of the Weeds with no victory in sight. If any of this sounds familiar or if you have any major gripe with your front or backyard, then perhaps you are due for a lawn makeover! You’ll be surprised as to how easy it is to transform your lawn into the lawn of your dreams. If you constantly find yourself drooling over a green, healthy, lush, and clean-looking lawn (we all do), look no further than artificial grass!

“Artificial grass, really?” you may be questioning to yourself. Yes, artificial grass! It’s the easy and effective way to makeover your lawn through a simple installation process. Virtually any lawn area is suitable for artificial grass, whether you want your entire lawn covered in green, or have an Asian style garden with stone that needs lush landscaping accents. The switch from a natural grass lawn to a synthetic grass lawn can mean major aesthetic changes. Not only do you eliminate overgrown lawns that resemble a scene from The Jungle Book, but you no longer have to worry about pesky weeds. Artificial turf lawns keep their lushness and greenness for several years. Also, brown spots and dead grass is no longer a concern with artificial grass.

Perhaps you are concerned with the look of a synthetic lawn alternative. With the way in which modern turf is designed these days, natural aesthetics are a top priority. Many turf products come with different blends of green blades to create a natural look. Also, there are products built with brown thatch to add natural details, making it hard to differentiate between a natural and artificial grass lawn. A synthetic grass lawn has all the great qualities of a natural lawn without the hassles of maintenance. What better than to make the switch from a natural to artificial grass lawn for the ultimate lawn makeover?

Aside from instantly converting your front of backyard into a healthy, beautiful lawn, there are added benefits from making the switch, including cutting major costs on watering. Imagine a beautiful lawn without the hassles of watering and paying for high water bills. The return on investment with artificial grass is quick, allowing for added savings throughout the life of the turf. It is ideal for households with pets and children as well, making it safe, comfortable, and enjoyable. Artificial grass can even be used for yards with pools, patios, gardens, gazebos, and more.

With such versatility, anyone’s lawn is a great candidate for a makeover with synthetic turf. The installation process is quick, and you can have your dream lawn in just a few days. If you have been considering giving your lawn a makeover or simply want to spruce things up a bit, do your research and look to artificial grass as a viable option for your lawn needs.