Water conservation is more the norm these days than in past decades, but that doesn’t mean you or your lawn need to suffer to do the right thing. There are easy, simple things you can do to conserve your most valuable resource. This is especially true in a drought.
We all know that switching from natural lawns to artificial turf can save a ton of water. However if you’re still watering other plants on your property, your water bill still has a way to go. Over the last few years, we have seen many people converting their yards to be more resistant to the California drought. This is great, and if that’s something that you’re looking into for your home, this article is a great starting point, so here are 5 drought tolerant plants for your yard.
Synthetic Turf LEED Certification: How you can get credits for switching to synthetic turf
Installing synthetic turf can assist business owners receive LEED Certification. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The U.S. Green Building Council states that, “LEED provides building owners and operators with a framework for identifying and implementing practical and measurable green building design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions.” For business owners, this means that incorporating synthetic turf into their building or office park can have huge benefits.
In California, watering natural lawns in homes and businesses amounts to about seven percent of the state’s water supply. In fact, about 51 percent of the state’s water usage from families is from home lawn upkeep. This is very taxing to the state’s total water usage. If residents switched from natural lawns to artificial turf, the state’s water use be cut by almost 25 percent. Why does this matter? Simply because the state’s severe drought is causing water costs to drastically rise. As a homeowner, avoiding these heavy water costs is important. When combining this factor with the cost of living in California, it is clear that your wallet is taking heavy, unnecessary hits. This article explores not only the water savings from converting to a synthetic lawn, but also the true environmental impact of artificial turf.
If you are interested in installing a synthetic lawn, it is likely that you have heard several myths about artificial turf. In this age of infinite access to information, we’re bound to hear many things that have the potential to shape our decisions. We intend to clear up some of the mysteries about purchasing turf or installing a synthetic lawn.
The demand for artificial grass for landscaping is growing at 10 to 15 percent per year. This has been stimulated by several factors, including the desire for lower maintenance, an all weather surface, and the recent droughts in the country that have led to a serious water shortage.
Modern artificial turf offers high quality surfaces, a realistic appearance, and long life which is why it makes perfect sense for gardeners who are strapped for time. That’s because artificial grass requires minimal maintenance and frees gardeners to focus on other tasks such as tending to flower gardens, home maintenance, and business. It’s a smart choice that saves both time and water, and it looks good too!
There’s just something beautiful and comforting about mown grass. Whether you’re throwing a ball, lying in the shade on a hot day, or sitting outside on a warm night, a green lawn is a pleasure.
Writer Wallace Stegner, having grown up in dry, wild Saskatchewan, Canada, first saw a lawn at age 11 in Montana. “I stooped down and touched its cool nap in awe and unbelief. I think I held my breath ― I had not known that people anywhere lived with such grace.”
Jessica Calefati recently reported that homeowners associations can no longer fine residents who fail to water their lawns during droughts under legislation sponsored by a San Jose lawmaker.
Reports earlier this year that a San Lorenzo association threatened in writing to retaliate against a man with a burned lawn inspired Assembly Bill 2100. But reports of those threats — the focus of at least one television news story — might have been inaccurate.
We know that there are many ‘would-be’ artificial grass owners who have long considered undertaking an installation at their home, only to talk themselves out of it for fear of the cost being prohibitive. Sadly, many of them have reached this conclusion without truly looking into the costs as well as the benefits. At Artificial Turf Express, we cater to contractors and the do-it-yourself crowd.