Is it time for Utah to switch to artificial grass?

SALT LAKE CITY – Hey, Utah, is it time to scrap your artificial green lawn to save water after the governor declared a state of emergency due to the “exceptional” drought?

About 60% of the water supply in residential Utah is used to grow our green lawns.

Taun Beddes from the KSL Greenhouse Show and the USU Extension, together with Dave Noriega and Debbie Dujanovic, explained the advantages and disadvantages of the artificial grass that we may have to switch to when we are stuck in a drought.

Artificial turf typically costs $ 5.50 to $ 18.75 per square foot.

Dave isn’t willing to spend that much green on wrong green.

“They do this all over Arizona, I just got back from Arizona. It seems to be Utah’s way behind the times comparing it to my home state of Arizona. This artificial turf is everywhere [in Arizona] go to new houses and parking lanes and backyards. How do you see Utah, are we behind the times? “Asked Debbie.

“We’re usually 15 to 20 years behind cities like Denver, Phoenix and Las Vegas in what we do to protect water,” Beddes said.

“I didn’t know this wasn’t the case for most of Utah, but we have secondary water in Kaysville,” said Dave. “Is secondary water common in Utah?”

“It is. A lot of newer areas that are being developed don’t have secondary water,” Beddes said.

“What is the advantage of artificial turf, Taun, and what is the disadvantage of artificial turf?” Asked Debbie.

“The advantage is that there is no irrigation. You may need to hose it down from time to time to remove the dust. . . But there is literally no water and the technology has improved so much that you can play on it. It’s padded and almost looks like lawn.

“There are a growing number of people who are concerned that the artificial turf is made of plastic and that it is treated with certain things to keep it supple and soft, that they don’t really want their children on it because it may degas chemicals.” Said Beddes.

Beddes also warned that artificial turf could get extremely hot under the summer sun.

“In Phoenix, where it gets very hot in the summer, it’s not playable because it gets so hot,” he said.

“Grass stays cool because it literally evaporates water. . . . I don’t know why anyone is playing ball at 115 degrees, but exposure to bare skin can actually cause burns, ”he said.

Debbie asked Dave what his best argument would be to replace his natural turf with artificial turf.

“I don’t have any wheelbarrows full of cash. I just make it too expensive, ”he said.

Then Debbie put forward her case for installing turf.

“Utah, you seem very ’70s, with your plush grass in the park strips and your front yards and back yards. Hey, look, artificial grass makes my life so much easier. My argument for bringing in artificial grass – I’ll put the cost aside, Dave, I disagree with you at all. I think it’s worth it for all the water it will save.

“Now that we are in a state of emergency because of a drought and also the time it will save me for the rest of the summer from mowing my garden and making sure it stays watered,” she said.


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Dave & Dujanovic can be heard from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on weekdays. on KSL NewsRadio. Users can find the show on the KSL NewsRadio website and app, as well as on Apple Podcasts and Google Play.

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