In an article in the Wall Street Journal, Christopher Brandon of Brandon Architects in Costa Mesa, California said that around 75% of all projects he takes on for modern homes now ask for maintenance-free faux turf, rather than real grass. The main point he said is that artificial grass doesn’t require water or regular mowing, and stays vibrantly green all-year round. In many cases, homeowners like to mix synthetic grass with real plants to hide the fact that it’s man made.
The trend is becoming more widespread, and people are not shy about opening their wallets, the Journal reported. For example, homeowner Hillary Ryan, who lives in Napa Valley, said she’d spent $60,000 on artificial turf for her 3,600 square-foot of land.
“[Real] grass is messy,” Ryan said. “We paid six times more to have the faux grass installed.”
Experts say that artificial grass is often a more sensible choice in drought-prone areas such as California. In addition, its also more durable, able to withstand sports activities, for example.
Tommy Beadel, the co-founder of Thomas James Homes in Aliso Viejo, California, told the Journal that although real grass is cheaper at the start, it can prove to be more expensive in the long run. Real grass costs less than $2 per square foot, whereas high-end synthetic grass costs between $11 to $19 per square-foot. But the only maintenance required with artificial turf is pulling out the occasional weed that might pop up, and it can last for up to 20 years, Beadel said.
The trend marks a departure from the time when artificial lawns had a very negative reputation. This was because faux grass products offered to homeowners were generally the same ones used on sports fields. But synthetic lawns nowadays are a combination of nylon, polyethylene, and polypropylene, and tend to have better drainage, stay cooler in the sun, and feel softer. New fake lawns look more like regular grass from pigment variation that mimics the color of natural grass, the Journal reported.
“Even the mention of the word fake sends peoples toes curling,” said Grahame Hubbard, a New York-based landscape designer specializing in terraces and rooftops.
We have friends who just replaced the real lawn with fake grass that looks real. They said they have already experienced a two-thirds drop in water usage since there is no watering. No longer do they have to mow the lawn or fertilize it. No longer do they have to weed the lawn or aerate the soil. And if the dogs do their business on the lawn, they can just hose it off. It might be a turnoff initially,
There’s the “ick” factor at first, but when you see how great it looks, and consider how freeing a fauz lawn is, and how great it is for water usage, I’m sure it could be a selling point — one other thing. In the heat, youu would think it would get hot, but my friends’ dogs love the softness and the coolness of the new lawn.
Finally, the website of SYNLawn Houston says, “Thanks to numerous technological advances in the artificial turf industry over the years, the old-fashioned faux grass of yesteryear has evolved into state-of-the-art synthetic grass installations that are durable and versatile enough to be used in countless residential and commercial projects. At SYNLawn® Houston, our experienced team designs many different turf projects for businesses and homes, such as golf putting greens, residential lawns, backyard pet turf runs, city and school playgrounds, sports fields, artificial grass applications for casino hotel foyers, courtyards and much more.
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