July 12, 2012 (Albuquerque, NM) – With the U.S. Census Bureau estimating that homeowners spend an average of 2.8 hours weekly on lawn maintenance and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency stating that landscape irrigation accounts for almost one-third of all residential water usage, a growing number of consumers are turning to synthetic grass for their yards to save time, money and conserve millions of gallons of water each year.
"Today's synthetic grass is engineered and tested to be a beautiful, safe, cost-effective and eco-friendly landscape solution for many residential uses," said Rick Doyle, President of the Synthetic Turf Council. "Often available in many styles that replicate all of the common landscape grasses, we have seen some really creative applications by homeowners, municipalities, parks departments and homeowner associations nationwide." Synthetic grass has become a popular solution in places where living grass can't grow or be effectively maintained. This includes yards with areas that don't get enough sun, and landscaping that can't withstand excess rain and other challenging weather conditions. In spite of planting, sodding, and regular maintenance, poor conditions often mean brown or muddy lawns. Rooftops are another example of spaces well-suited for synthetic turf. A rooftop deck with an artificial turf surface offers homeowners a creative way to add a whole new area for entertaining and enjoying the view.
Homeowners are also using synthetic grass to create unique backyard retreats. In Tucson, Arizona, ForeverLawn Arizona created an outdoor, life-size chess board using synthetic grass for the black squares to contrast with concrete lighter squares. Artificial turf can also be used to enhance backyards by creating personalized golf greens and safety-rated playground surfaces.
Sometimes synthetic grass is being used inside the home for unique décor applications. When the popular TV program Extreme Makeover: Home Edition needed synthetic grass for an episode in Beaufort, South Carolina, ForeverLawn was happy to oblige. To brighten a child's bedroom, the designers carpeted the area with ForeverLawn's synthetic grass as part of an overall street-themed, skateboarding design.
The Southern Nevada Water Authority estimates that every square foot of natural grass replaced saves 55 gallons of water per year. If an average lawn is 1,800 square feet, then Las Vegas homeowners with synthetic grass can save 99,000 gallons of water each year. Recognizing the water conservation qualities of synthetic grass, the Simi Valley City Council passed an ordinance specifically allowing the owners of single-family homes to use synthetic grass as a landscape solution in their front yards.
STC members calculate that synthetic grass can return the initial investment in two to four years, depending on the region of the country. A growing number of municipalities, particularly those in drought-stricken areas and where water is scarce like the Central Basin Municipal Water District in southeast Los Angeles County, also offer tax credits and rebates to encourage the use of water-saving landscape, including synthetic grass.
About the Synthetic Turf Council
Based in Atlanta, the Synthetic Turf Council was founded in 2003 to promote the industry and to assist buyers and end users with the selection, use and maintenance of synthetic turf systems in sports field, golf, municipal parks, airports, landscape and residential applications. The organization is also a resource for current, credible, and independent research on the safety and environmental impact of synthetic turf. Membership includes builders, landscape architects, testing labs, maintenance providers, manufacturers, suppliers, installation contractors, infill material suppliers and other specialty service companies. For more information, visit www.syntheticturfcouncil.org.
ForeverLawn provides innovative synthetic grass products to create better landscapes worldwide. In areas where real grass is difficult to grow or maintain—due to high traffic or poor conditions—ForeverLawn offers a natural-looking alternative that is beautiful, functional, and durable. In addition to its landscape lines, ForeverLawn also offers specialty products including SplashGrass, K9Grass, SportsGrass, Playground Grass, and GolfGreens. ForeverLawn—Grass without limits. foreverlawn.com