For years, trendy Californians have turned up their noses at artificial grass – for understandable reasons. Artificial grass was colored a green you’d only see on Easter eggs, and it felt like a carpet woven out of twist-ties. Worse, it was artificial (its original brand name was ChemGrass) – anathema to the pure, wholesome, back-to-nature lifestyle of California.
Nearly fifty years after artificial grass came on the market, times have changed. We in California are in a severe drought which shows no signs of ending soon. Real grass requires plenty of watering to keep its green hue – an average of 22,000 gallons per – and that is a major wedge in the pie graph of your household water usage. If you are not willing to let your grass turn brown and wither away, one alternative is to install the artificial kind.
This is not your grandfather’s artificial grass. Today’s product is softer, gentler, and comes in more realistic shades – some companies add brown “blades” for a more authentic look. You can save on your artificial grass installation, too – according to SoCal WaterSmart (www.socalwatersmart.com), you can get rebates of $2.00 or more per square foot of natural turf replaced by drought-tolerant plants or artificial grass (check the site www.asgi.us/artificial_grass_rebates to see if artificial grass qualifies you for the rebate in your town).
As you make the artificial grass decision, keep these facts in mind:
- No mowing, weeding, and watering does not mean no care. Liquids will be absorbed in artificial grass because of its porous bottom that leaks to the ground below, but it still should be swept regularly, and washed if food, debris, pet waste, etc., falls upon it.
- Choose an artificial grass with the least toxicity. You and your family will be spending plenty of time near and on it. Some grasses are made from recycled materials.
- Remember that artificial grass gets hotter than real grass. Be careful when walking upon it during sweltering days.
- It is not easy to install. Unless you are a professional, it’s better to hire professional artificial grass installers. Make sure they have a California contractor’s license, both C-27 (Landscaping) and D-12 (Synthetic Products).
- When it comes time to find someone to install your artificial grass, look to JobQuotes.com. We have professionals who can install artificial grass (and nearly anything else!). Just check over our listings for an installer near you, check the customer ratings, and let them know what you need. JobQuotes makes the search for professionals simpler – and doesn’t that matter in our busy world?