Design Trends - The Future of Lawns is Fake

September 4, 2019

One of the major reasons several of my friends have switched to artificial grass is the desire to conserve water, as water in Marin is so very expensive.  So far, all who have chosen to install artificial grass are pleased. 

Here are the facts:

1. Almost no maintenance. It doesn't need water, it always looks tidy and it can be used in areas where real grass won't grow. Maintenance includes just cleaning up occasional weed growth and caring for heavy trafficked areas that may flatten out overtime and require steppingstones.

2. Gives properties a clean, high-end feel.  Faux grass is especially good for certain amenities, such as zero-edge pools that tend to kill the real grass around them with the water's chlorine.

3. There are so many varieties. Some designers prefer artificial turf that has brown tinges and different lengths to create realistic imperfections. Today's synthetic products-typically a combination of nylon, polyethylene and polypropylene-are made specifically for the home and have better drainage, stay cooler in the sun and remain in good condition for years.

4. Save money on landscaping. Although natural grass is priced at less than $2 a square foot for initial landscaping, it can require monthly mowing and maintenance that add thousands to the total cost. By comparison, high-end synthetic grass can be more costly, but can pay for itself in saved expenses.

5. Conserve water.