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Synthetic Turf for Water Efficiency and Irrigation Reduction

Synthetic turf, or artifical grass can provide a green solution that prevents chemical use, and uses less water

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The Goal is to SAVE WATER and SAVE RUNOFF.

Grass is appealing and part of the "American Dream" of open spaces and a lush, but manicured landscape. But grass isn't "green"...or sustainable. Native plants are sustainable. Well protected ecosystem water systems are sustainable...but grass seldom is part of an effective stormwater drainage system that keeps pollutants out of the local water table.

Synthetic Turf can be a great alternative for both small and large landscapes wherever grass is currently used, Synthetic Turf is becoming increasingly popular for sports fields, golf courses, parks and public spaces as well as residential properties.

Today's synthetic grass and artificial turf systems are solid, reliable, durable and delivers the kind of form and function that can enhance any project. With the look and feel, color and texture of some of the new generation of synthetic turf looks so close to real, that synthetic turf has gained acceptance for many uses.

Synthetic Turf is ideal for many landscape uses

Driven by need (low maintenance, draught tolerant, high traffic, water conserving), synthetic turf is now being adopted for use as more than a sports surface amenity—it has now become another landscape option, much like other hardscape products, (pavers, decorative patio rock and custom concrete surfaces) to enhance and extend the livable area of residential and commercial properties.

Benefits of Synthetic Turf

Along with a lush, ever-green lawn, customers' enjoy less maintenance, repair and expense, too! It's the first lawn product that really delivers peace of mind; it can stand up to weather, traffic and challenging conditions; too much sun, shade, slope, rain or wind.
  • Artificial turf can be a better solution when the environment is particularly hostile to natural grass. An arid environment or one where there is little natural light are examples. High traffic areas with wear and tear can also be good applications for synthetic turf.
  • Ideal for holiday homes when maintenance of lawns is not practical. It is also a solution for elderly homeowners who find the upkeep of lawns too much hard work.
  • Suitable for roof gardens and swimming pool surrounds.
  • Artificial turf can last up to 10 years. That is much longer than natural turf, and toughness makes them suitable for many uses.

Some rebates from water company water conservation programs can go as high as $13,000 per acre!

Edited by Carolyn Allen, owner/editor of California Green Solutions
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