Go Green Northern Virginia By Faking It With Artificial Grass

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Real Estate Agent with The Kathy O'Neal Team - RE/MAX Premier

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.

Go Green By Faking It With Artificial Turf

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

Northern Virginia 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.

Please remember we at The Kathy O'Neal Team are here to help with your home buying and selling needs!

[The Kathy O'Neal Team serves home buyers and sellers in Northern Virginia, with special focus on Chantilly, Centreville, and the communities of the Western Fairfax region.]

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