Synthetic grass is a revolutionary lawn product that has allowed homeowners and households the benefits of minimal maintenance, including no need for watering. Artificial turf lawns are green and healthy-looking all year round without a single drop of water. In a time in which water is a scarce resource, many are looking to adopt alternative ways to switch their lifestyles to accommodate conservation.
Several states, including Arizona, Nevada, and California, have been declared crucial drought areas over the past few years. Lack of rainfall pushes many households to install sprinkler systems or manually water lawns on a consistent basis, sometimes even over-watering lawns without realizing. This has brought local communities and counties to take great measures to encourage water conservation among residents. The conversion from natural grass fields and lawns to synthetic turf has been a substantially helpful move for many households. A few counties have placed a water conservation ordinance, which states specific restrictions for water usage. The Los Angeles County ordinance limits outdoor watering to two days a week maximum. Other areas, such as Orange County, strongly encourage households to maintain hoses to prevent leaks and drips, as well as set lawn mower blades to 2 to 3 inches. All of this, however, can be completely disregarded with an artificial grass lawn.
Once synthetic grass is installed, it never requires a single drop of water for maintenance. Though the use of a hose can help to remove debris and buildup, it is not completely necessary. The average water bill in the US is usually more than $51 dollars a month. Other states with higher cost of living, including California, can reach higher averages from $80 a month. Unforeseen problems, such as poor plumbing and irrigation, which can often go unnoticed, can also cause monthly water bills to skyrocket to more than $100 a month. With a synthetic grass yard, households can save anywhere form $50-$100+ on water costs a month, which can save $12,000+ annually. When considering water amounts, a household with an artificial grass yard saves on average, about 22,000 gallons of water a year.
Aside from requiring little to no water at all, artificial grass yards eliminate the need for fertilizer, trimming and mowing, and weeding. All of these tasks require both time and energy, which can be conserved by converting to synthetic turf. Though these products do not need water, they are built to withstand rainfall and other liquid contact. All synthetic turf products are built with a revolutionary draining system. All turf products have a water-permeable backing. This allows for liquids to filter through the surface of the product without building up or flooding. Synthetic grass products’ drain in all directions—both vertical and horizontal. The drainage system prohibits the collection of water within the grass, which could lead to the growth of bacterial spores on turf surfaces. Thus, synthetic grass products are able to self-drain to prevent any buildup and bacterial growth.
Water is a scarce resource that society has relied on heavily to fit our lifestyles. With artificial grass, technology has now allowed us to have an ideal alternative to a natural lawn, saving on time, energy, and water. Synthetic turf lawns are a revolutionary step in water conservation, allowing the globe to save our precious resource of water, one household at a time.