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By Sharon Cohen

April 28, 2011 — While perusing the aisles of a green expo two years ago, Rossville resident Peter Romano stopped at a booth that caught his eye.

Jasson Rusak, president of ForeverLawn at the Shore, was extolling the benefits of synthetic grass. And what he was holding looked nothing like the artificial turf commonly found on miniature golf courses and athletic playing fields.

“It was very real looking, and when I added up what I would save in landscaping and watering fees each year, I decided to have it installed outside my home,” Romano said.

And two years later, Romano said he’s glad he did.

“I no longer have to mow the lawn or hire someone else to do it. I don’t have to water it, and the color hasn’t faded,” he said.

He also noted the lawn doesn’t harbor bugs, excess water or mold and mildew, and his dog can be walked on the lawn just like regular grass. It’s pet-friendly, non-flammable, doesn’t stain and the installation is guaranteed by ForeverLawn for eight years, although it’s expected to last up to 15 years.

“It’s worked out great, I would recommend it to anyone, especially if you have a small area where you’d like to see green grass that might be hard to landscape and maintain, such as an area by a pool,” he said.

Rusak of ForeverLawn said synthetic grass means no more weeds, no worn paths where people walk, no mud when the weather is uncooperative and no more difficult places to mow.

“The idea for using synthetic grass became popular down the Jersey Shore in the early 2000s among homeowners who didn’t have the time to maintain a lawn at their summer residence,” he said.

But as the product became more real-looking, people began installing it outside their primary residence as well, he said, noting he’s installed the synthetic grass at more than two dozen homes on the Island.

“The more dense the product is, the better,” he explained. “Most synthetic grass products use some form of infill to help support the blades. Infill is made of fine particles of rubber, sand, or a combination of the two. The denser the grass structure, the less need for the infill – and the more lush the appearance.”

He noted that a comprehensive system for installing the product is necessary so the installation can then be tailored to the specific drainage needs of your property.

For more information, ForeverLawn at the Shore can be reached at 732-709-3108, or at www.foreverlawn.com/shore.

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