Artificial turf has been growing in popularity over the last 2 or 3 years as homeowners look for ways to keep their lawns green in this Northern California drought. And what’s not to love? Its luxuriant green blades look convincingly like real grass, but require much less maintenance and use almost no water. Better yet, artificial turf is durable as well as attractive – your kids and pets can play to their hearts content and never come away muddy, grass-stained, or cause dead spots on your lawn.
California homeowners who replace their water-gulping grass lawns with artificial turf in response to the drought would be protected from sanctions by homeowner associations under one of 10 bills signed Friday by Gov. Jerry Brown.
Assemblywoman Lorena Gonzalez (D-San Diego) introduced the measure, which prohibits homeowner associations from barring the installation of synthetic turf, a drought-conscious alternative to grass lawns.
These days, homeowners collaborate with professionals to design and install stunning artificial grass as part of a modern garden. Artificial grass blades have evolved from a shiny green plastic spotted a mile away to such a life-like look that it’s impossible to tell the grass is fake until you touch it or notice there are absolutely no brown spots in sight.