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Friday, 09 January 2015 12:59

Should You Consider a Waterless Lawn?

Written by  Cris Poggi
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Grass will always need water to survive. In fact, according to the Handbook of Water Use and Conservation, the average residential lawn requires 10,000 gallons of water each year. So when you hear the term “waterless lawn,” it doesn’t mean that turf grass researchers have figured out a way to avoid watering your lawn. Instead, it means using synthetic grass as part of your residential landscaping.

A few months ago, ABC-30 in Fresno, Calif., featured a home owner who installed synthetic grass on his property. Besides not having to mow or fertilize the lawn, he no longer needed to irrigate his lawn, a requirement for lawns in the hot California weather.

While irrigation is not a requirement for a lawn’s survival in the Chicagoland region, for many landscapes it is necessary to keep lawns looking lush and green through the Midwest hot summers.

If you’re thinking of a waterless lawn for your Chicago home landscape, consider the pros and cons of both:

  • According to OPEI, an average, managed lawn captures four times the carbon from the air than the carbon output of a typical mower.
  • According to Hometalk, synthetic lawns are made from a non-renewable, petroleum-based source that will one day wear down and end up in a dump.
  • Natural grass has a cooling effect, while synthetic grass absorbs heat.
  • Synthetic turf stands up to high levels of activity, while natural grass needs maintenance to keep high traffic areas looking good – core aeration, overseeding and fertilization.
  • Based on a cost comparison “Sod versus Synthetic Turf,” the cost to maintain real grass over 3 years is still less than the upfront cost of installing synthetic grass.

Let’s talk more about caring for your residential lawn! You can email me at [email protected]

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