Senate Bill 759 Vetoed – What this could mean for the synthetic grass industry

The long-term controversy of artificial grass “turf wars” involving homeowner’s associations’ consent for turf within their communities continues. California governor, Jerry Brown, recently vetoed Senate Bill 759, which would render null any attempts for homeowner’s associations to ban the installation of artificial grass.

The bill was first introduced in late February of this year by Senator Ted Lieu. Though the bill forbade HOA’s from having complete jurisdiction over the authorization of artificial grass, it did not consent homeowners to alter the bylaws of these associations through current proposal processes. The bill passed in April before being vetoed on July 13.

What this means for synthetic grass suppliers is probable challenges within the future. Though the introduction of bills to block HOA’s from having full say in the use of synthetic grass has been ongoing, the power of the veto still stands in the current state. This may present circumstances that are far from ideal for the artificial grass industry, but it is not enough to shatter the overall business activity amongst turf companies.

A number of HOA’s in many states have already embraced the low maintenance lawn alternative, supporting increased growth of residential turf yards each year. Households have quickly adopted turf for its cost-effective and minimal maintenance requirements—many of which are desired by neighbors who are eager to make the switch themselves. This trend may very well continue, therefore exhibiting the future of synthetic grass and HOA’s as more promising than not.

The long-term controversy of artificial grass “turf wars” involving homeowner’s associations’ consent for turf within their communities continues. California governor, Jerry Brown, recently vetoed Senate Bill 759, which would render null any attempts for homeowner’s associations to ban the installation of artificial grass.

The bill was first introduced in late February of this year by Senator Ted Lieu. Though the bill forbade HOA’s from having complete jurisdiction over the authorization of artificial grass, it did not consent homeowners to alter the bylaws of these associations through current proposal processes. The bill passed in April before being vetoed on July 13.

What this means for synthetic grass suppliers is probable challenges within the future. Though the introduction of bills to block HOA’s from having full say in the use of synthetic grass has been ongoing, the power of the veto still stands in the current state. This may present circumstances that are far from ideal for the artificial grass industry, but it is not enough to shatter the overall business activity amongst turf companies.

A number of HOA’s in many states have already embraced the low maintenance lawn alternative, supporting increased growth of residential turf yards each year. Households have quickly adopted turf for its cost-effective and minimal maintenance requirements—many of which are desired by neighbors who are eager to make the switch themselves. This trend may very well continue, therefore exhibiting the future of synthetic grass and HOA’s as more promising than not.