Growing Number of Homeowners Turn to Synthetic Grass to Save Time, Money and Conserve Resources
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
ATLANTA, GA – 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. Just ask the
Germantown, Maryland homeowner whose grass would not grow despite sodding the
yard three times. As a result, the
backyard turned to mud every time it rained. Synthetic
Turf International stepped in and installed 2,500 sq ft of synthetic grass over
the steeply sloped and terraced surface that eliminated the mud problem and
created for the first time a lush, green, grass-like yard. In coastal New York,
a homeowner with a water front property was experiencing numerous issues. Storms
blew salt water onto the lawn killing the grass, geese fed on insects in the
lawn creating unsanitary conditions, and thick clay soil caused drainage
problems after heavy rains. When Challenger
Industries installed over 17,000 square feet of synthetic grass, sizable
maintenance costs were eliminated, drainage improved significantly and the geese
droppings problem disappeared.
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. Short-game golf guru and coach Dave
Pelz worked with SYNLawn to transform the
rocky terrain around his new home in the foothills of Austin, Texas into scale
replicas of famous golf greens like the 12th at Augusta National and the 14th
at Pebble Beach. The state-of-the-art synthetic grass covering a 2.5 acre area
has created an ideal environment for his students to practice pitching,
chipping and putting.
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 Inc. 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.
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
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.