As Utah drought persists, will more people turn to artificial grass to save water?

With the drought in Utah getting worse every day, conserving water is vital. One way to save is to install artificial turf.

Several companies told 2News that they have seen increased interest in the turf-like appearance due to the ongoing drought.

“A fair chunk of people will mention it,” said Josh Holmes of Rocky Mountain Turf in Draper. “That’s one of the reasons people mention they want to renew their lawn.”

Vincent Genovese, regional manager at ForeverGreen Artificial Grass, said his company sold out several months early this year and has a waiting list almost three times longer than usual. Whether that has to do with the drought or the backlog after the pandemic remains to be seen, he said.

Saving water is paramount as the drought continues. Some cities are making an effort to do this by regulating sprinklers in residential areas. 2News reported earlier this week Lehi introduced water restrictions – banning residents or businesses from watering on consecutive days – with fines as punishment for repeat offenders. Other cities have also created irrigation plans to reduce water consumption.

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The question is, will artificial turf be a niche product or will it continue to spread as people try to save water?

“I feel like people are moving in that direction more and more as time goes on,” said Melissa Henderson, who had artificial turf installed in part of her garden in Bluffdale last year.

“We really like it,” said Henderson. “We think it looks really good.”

The artificial turf lies under your children’s play set. Henderson said she and her husband had it installed “primarily to save water.” Now their back yard only has a small piece of traditional grass that needs to be watered.

Artificial grass is not perfect. It can get expensive upfront and it can get hot. Henderson acknowledged both of these drawbacks but said she was glad she got it and expected to see more of it in the future.

It was a win-win situation, ”she said. “That was a big cost factor in advance, but in the long term it will be low-maintenance and less water.”

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