Is Artificial Grass The Solution For Water Preservation?

Keeping your lawn green while conserving water during a drought may seem difficult. In some areas of the United States, people are turning to artificial grasses to conserve water. I’m joined by Kelly Kopp today, a USU Turfgrass specialist who talks about artificial turf.

Kailey Foster: Is artificial grass the best way to save water on your lawn?

Kelly Kopp: That’s a pretty complicated question. I would say that there is a lot of misunderstanding about artificial turf in the landscape. One of the most important is that no water is required to maintain artificial turf.

In the summer months it can get extremely hot and keep playing. And there are a few other cleaning requirements that may require watering as well. The idea that it is a surface that does not require water is wrong.

Theatrical Version: What Are Some Cons of Using Artificial Grass On Your Lawn?

KK: One is the misunderstanding about water needs. Another misconception is that when you replace natural grass with artificial surfaces, you lose many of the benefits that you get from natural grasses.

Probably one of the greatest is the cooling effect that grasses have. Another disadvantage is that installations are quite expensive.

Plastic is used from an environmental point of view, which is not necessarily desirable. especially when it’s time to dispose of it because artificial turf doesn’t last forever.

Theatrical Version: You started talking about the cost of this grass. Can you explain the differences in the cost of artificial grass and natural grass?

KK: I can tell you about the research that was done – and there wasn’t much. And to be clear, it has focused more on the field of sports turf.

Studies comparing the life cycle costs of natural grasses with artificial turf grasses have shown that natural grasses can be much cheaper over the course of their lifespan. I mentioned earlier that there may be an available cost. The management of natural grass areas is associated with costs, e.g. B. Mowing, fertilization, management of insects and diseases.

With that said, there are some situations in which artificial surfaces are appropriate.

Theatrical Version: Yep, why don’t you go into some of the pros at artificial turf?

KK: It is climatic, but man-made surfaces can be useful for areas where the growing season is very short and natural grasses may not necessarily be able to recover from heavy athletic use. And here, in my opinion, artificial surfaces can play a role.

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