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The Real Green of Fake Grass

Artificial turf is the greenest grass around, and we mean that in terms of color and carbon footprint.

Synthetic lawns stay green for decades, all the while leaving an eco-friendly imprint on the environment. Water usage, pesticides, and fertilizers are all eco-issues that have people switching to artificial turf. As water levels fall and water bills rise, trends turn to artificial turf for environmentally friendly, cost-saving solutions.

Fake grass eliminates high-demands on water resources while maintaining a vibrant green color. On average, one American lawn consumes more than 21,000 gallons of water per year. Sport complexes and athletic venues drink millions of gallons of water, more than today’s drought laden weather patterns can sustain. Synthetic lawns save tremendous water resources, while still providing the look and feel of a functional, aesthetic outdoor environment.

An additional drawback of real grass is that it needs constant maintenance. Fertilizers and pesticides are commonly used to keep grass healthy, but these dangerous pollutants run into water supplies, sending harmful environmental impact down stream. In one hour, lawnmower engine emissions put out more pollution than ten cars. Grass clippings are the most significant source of landfill greenhouse emissions. Need we say more?

The beautiful thing about artificial turf is that when grass doesn’t grow, you don’t need to mow! Artificial turf environments provide weed free, waterless solutions for outdoor environments. Turf owners enjoy lush, beautiful grass without the headaches and hazards of maintaining it.

Synthetic lawns are made to last, offering beautiful, durable, safe outdoor environments up to 25-years. Even after, artificial turf is made of recyclable material, so when an installation runs course, discarded turf can be transformed into other usable products.

Turf has come a long way since it was introduced to the market, and today, artificial grass offers options in material composition to accommodate organic lifestyles. Turf has traditionally been made with recycled plastic and rubber backing, but products are being introduced that offer soybean backing. This is a relatively new development, as environmental awareness challenges the turf industry looking to create eco-friendly solutions.

Of course there is always the other side, and rightfully so. Fabricating artificial turf leaves its own carbon footprint. Transporting artificial turf uses fuel. Soybeans are produced by high-emission farming practices. Each individual must decide the landscaping solution best suited to their lifestyle.

On our side of the fence, we understand that artificial turf offers eco-friendly landscape solutions and helps end environmentally destructive trends. We know that the greenest grass – is faux.

Author Biography: Lacy Grant is the Owner of Home Turf Artificial Grass San Diego. Given that San Diego California is prone to droughts Lacey decided to offer other waterwise services such as permeable concrete pavers which allow rainwater to recharge the ground and reduce storm water runoff. Visit our website at for more information.

Clay Miller
the authorClay Miller
I am the creator/writer of and I'm an advocate for oceans, beaches, state parks. I enjoy all things outdoors (e.g. running, golf, gardening, hiking, etc.) I am a graduate of the University of Kentucky (Go Wildcats!!). I'm also a huge fan of the Pittsburgh Steelers. I was born and raised in the beautiful state of Kentucky.

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