Want a picture-perfect lawn? Maybe fake grass is the answer. It solves watering, weeding, and fertilizing woes. But is it perfect?
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If you live in a low-water area, or if you’re just tired of constant lawn maintenance, you’re in good company.
More homeowners are saving time, water — and their backs — by switching from real grass to artificial turf.
Synthetic grass for landscaping and recreation is growing 10% to 15% a year in the U.S.
That means more and more homeowners are using fake grass for:
- Dog runs
- Play areas
- Pool surrounds
- Putting greens
- Decorative borders between patio pavers
Faking It is Right for You If:
- You’re tired of watering, weeding, fertilizing, and cutting real grass.
- Your summer water bills are too high.
- You don’t want to use chemical fertilizers and herbicides.
- You believe artificial grass looks as good as real grass — maybe better.
What Exactly is Artificial Grass?
Fake grass consists of filaments threaded into a backing that lets water through. The backing is laid on a drainage layer, usually compacted gravel, and fastened along the perimeter. Then it’s filled with recycled crumb rubber or sand to keep it from blowing away in a stiff breeze. READ MORE . . .