Every decision comes with advantages and disadvantages and installing artificial turf is no different. All factors need to be considered before you pay for a complete overhaul of your natural grass and replace it with synthetic turf.
Dave Johnson knew the drill, and you can bet there were times it drove him crazy.
“After every soccer game, after every football game, we would make the entire team line up at one end of the field and walk down replacing divots as best as we could,” said Johnson, who spent 34 years as Bunnell High’s athletic director before retiring in June. “I can remember all those times when rain was in the forecast, particularly heavy rain, and you would agonize, ‘Do I cancel?’
More than 75 studies have shown artificial turf made from recycled tires to be safe for human exposure, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should tell the public that, according to the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI).
Barry Ann Friedman’s small midtown lawn is holding up to the drought amazingly well, with grass several shades darker than some of its parched-looking neighbors.
It’s also fake, and illegal under a city ordinance adopted three decades ago that prohibits synthetic turf in Sacramento’s front yards. Sitting on her front porch earlier this week, Friedman said she didn’t know that when she paid around $3,300 two years ago to have a contractor install the closely cropped faux grass.