Go Green By Faking It With Artificial Grass

Mortgage and Lending with Home Loans by Sean Young - New American Funding NMLS: 191647


Go Green By Faking It With Artificial Grass

The summer heat is starting to take its toll on you and your thirsty lawn. Homeowners spend hundreds of dollars every summer striving to grow healthy grass and keep it green.

If you’re sick of trying to maintain a manicured lawn, then you can go green another way. Install artificial turf.

The Grass is Always Greener

Today’s artificial grass is made out of polypropylene, nylon, or polyethylene threads that are sewn into a mesh backing that allows for water drainage. This is then usually laid on top of compacted gravel and tied down at the perimeter.

Modern artificial lawns can mimic many varietals of grass and some even have a thatch layer to give it a more realistic look.

Sick Of Maintenance

Homeowners have many reasons for wanting to be free of their demanding lawns, such as high summer water bills and the constant use of pesticides. With a fake lawn, you won’t have to water, which is especially good for high-heat areas, you won’t have to mow and you can quit worrying about how the weather will affect it.

Considering The Costs

While installing artificial grass can cost a bit up front, it’ll be maintenance free for the next 15 to 20 years. You won’t have to worry about water bills, purchasing grass seed, buying fertilizer or getting gas for the lawnmower, which can add up to a couple hundred dollars every year.

Potential Drawbacks

While a maintenance-free yard does have some appeal, there are a few drawbacks to take into consideration. Fake lawns don’t absorb pet waste, so you have to hose them off regularly.

They can also heat up in direct sunlight. Planting shade trees will help with this issue. And, artificial lawns cannot be recycled, which is an issue that the industry is looking to remedy.

Saving water and reducing the use of pesticides is great for the environment. However, you have to like the look of artificial grass and make sure you’re ready for the investment.

If you’ve been considering going green by switching to year-round green grass, talk with a local installer for grass options and cost comparisons.


Sean Young



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Comments (29)

Fred Griffin Tallahassee Real Estate
Fred Griffin Real Estate - Tallahassee, FL
Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker

Astro Turf lawns!  I can see this going over in the American Southwest...  maybe not so much here in Florida.

Jul 07, 2013 11:02 PM
John Marshall - FORE!
LoKation Real Estate - Cherry Hills Village, CO
Specializing in Golf Course Properties

Sean - I have been thinking about turning half of my backyard into a putting green anyway, so maybe now is the time, front yard is already 100% xeriscaped.

Jul 07, 2013 11:16 PM
Chris and Dick Dovorany
Homes for Sale in Naples, Bonita Springs and Estero, Florida - Naples, FL
Broker/Associate at Premiere Plus Realty

Just not a fan.  Maybe it's my age.  The age of the Astroturf.  I know things have changed but just like I do not care for all stone and gravel front yards I do not care for phoney ones either.

Jul 07, 2013 11:21 PM
Jill Sackler
Charles Rutenberg Realty Inc. 516-575-7500 - Long Beach, NY
LI South Shore Real Estate - Broker Associate

Very interesting. I thought fake grass and going green would be mutually exclusive.

Jul 07, 2013 11:25 PM
Fernando Herboso - Broker for Maxus Realty Group
Maxus Realty Group - Broker 301-246-0001 - Gaithersburg, MD
301-246-0001 Serving Maryland, DC and Northern VA

I played soccer in very real fake grass before. .is like everything else. it may look the same . .but it will never replace the real thing. .

Jul 07, 2013 11:28 PM
Andrew Mooers | 207.532.6573
Northern Maine Real Estate-Aroostook County Broker

Like real Christmas trees or artificial...or instead of mowing a lawn, putting in pavement and painting green...always options. The smell of real grass freshly mowed...if you live where it grows, go natural works for me. Being raised on a farm with real not fake!

Jul 07, 2013 11:44 PM
Fred Carver Personal Real Estate Corporation
RE/MAX Camosun Victoria BC Real Estate - Victoria, BC
Accredited Real Estate Consultant

Hi Sean...Love the new artifical lawns, but very expensive here. They tell use our pets liquid waste is not an issue, however what will us guys do outside besides wash our cars.

Congratulations on your feature.

Jul 07, 2013 11:57 PM
Harry F. D'Elia III
RentVest - Phoenix, AZ
Investor , Mentor, GRI, Radio, CIPS, REOs, ABR

Many people in Arizona are installing fake grass to avoid maintenance and save on the water bill.

Jul 07, 2013 11:59 PM
Richie Alan Naggar
people first...then business Ran Right Realty - Riverside, CA
agent & author

Yes to this post...I thought artificial turf was and is the way to go in some areas of the home...When I investigated it and saw the cost, I put it off

Jul 08, 2013 12:00 AM
Suzanne Otto
Six Twenty Designs - Lansdale, PA
Your Montgomery County PA home stager

I think in a small area it wouldn't be so bad, but a normal sized yard? No thank you. Way too artificial for me.

Jul 08, 2013 12:24 AM
Wayne Zuhl
Remax First Realty II - Cranford, NJ
The Last Name You'll Ever Need in Real Estate

Artificial grass is appealing because it removes a large chunk of the outdoor maintenance of homeowning. But it doesn't have the same feel or smell, and that's what keeps me away for now.

Jul 08, 2013 12:50 AM
Amanda Christiansen
Christiansen Group Realty (260)704-0843 - Fort Wayne, IN
Christiansen Group Realty

Plus, you can have potato sack races withthe family in the backyard.  Maybe even invite Joe Namath over for a game of catch!  

Jul 08, 2013 12:53 AM
Roger Stensland
Keller Williams Realty Puget Sound - Maple Valley, WA
Let's Move!

I've also noticed an increase in turf-burn while playing football, soccer and rugby on these new-fangled no-maintenance lawns.  Well... not really.  I have not seen any installed up here in the Seattle area.

Jul 08, 2013 12:56 AM
Keith Lawrence
Christie's International - Mahwah, NJ

Interesting solution instead of cutting the grass.  It does not work well here in the northeast unless you have a small lawn.

Jul 08, 2013 01:06 AM
Sean Young
Home Loans by Sean Young - New American Funding - Highlands Ranch, CO
Colorado loan officer

I was at an open house last weekend and had no idea the grass was artificial until the agent told me. At first I did not believe it until I inspected it up close. It was pretty amazing. I always thought of artificial grass like astroturf and noticably fake. The owner had it installed to help reduce his alergies and apparently for him it did wonders. 


Jul 08, 2013 01:36 AM
Edward & Celia Maddox
The Celtic Connection Realty - Queen Creek, AZ

A lot of winter visitors to our area like to put in a putting green in back yard.

Jul 08, 2013 01:54 AM
Team Honeycutt
Allen Tate - Concord, NC

I suppose that the area you live in would make a difference in how you feel about artificial grass. I would prefer real grass even if it is a little more trouble to water it and keep it cut.


Jul 08, 2013 02:26 AM
Helen and Larry Prier- Re-Max Gateway - Residential Real Estate
RE-MAX Gateway- Residential Real Estate Sales - Anacortes, WA
Anacortes & surrounding Skagit & Island Counties

Sean, I remember seeing rock front yards painted green in Phoenix. Yuk! Not a big fan of artificial grass either. I have seen it and not loved it. From a selling point of view I think Xeriscape is the best bet.


Jul 08, 2013 02:41 AM
Chris Miller Nevada Land with Water Rights
Vegas Grand Realty and Property Management - Mesquite, NV
Land with Water Rights For Sale

It is all about water. If the grass requires any water in the location, then it is a problem. Not sure about the water issue? Time to get educated. Read a few statistics here. Most people do not realize that in the near future the world is facing a fresh water and food supply crisis. We don't have a single drop to waste, yet as many of you made clear, we continue. Time to wake up folks!

Jul 08, 2013 03:13 AM
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

Sorry artificial turn is not my cup of tea.  Don't want my clients using it either as buyers seem quite turned off by it.

Jul 08, 2013 04:09 AM