How Artificial Lawns Help With Water Conservation in California

Tony FranchettoFebruary 17, 2015Synthetic Lawns

Northern California is no stranger to drought, and it pays to be environmentally conscious, especially when it comes to your landscaping. Landscape irrigation accounts for nearly one-third of all residential water usage, and homes, business and industry account for 20 percent of fresh water usage in California. The average home uses 25 gallons of water per square foot of irrigation annually, a large drain on our state’s resources in a time of severe drought. However, allowing your lawn to go untended can result in fines from your Homeowner’s Association, and using too much water to keep your lawn at an acceptable level of health can be costly. At Southwest Greens of East Bay, we know how difficult it can be to maintain your lawn in dry climates and invite you to discover how our artificial lawns can keep your yard looking stunning while at the same time conserving water.

Imagine how great it would be to have a maintenance-free lawn that stays cool in hot temperatures thanks to the evaporative cooling of HydroChill. You can enjoy the outdoors at any time and not have to worry about allergies from your lawn. Forget about lawn maintenance; according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American homeowner spends an average of 2.8 hours every week on lawn upkeep but, with an artificial lawn, you’ll be anything but average! In addition, you can rest easy knowing that your household is maintaining a small carbon footprint by forgoing pesticides and lawnmowers. On average, a 3.5 horsepower gas lawnmower used for an hour releases the same amount of carbon emissions as a car driven 340 miles. An artificial lawn requires no pesticides, which is an especially important benefit given that the pesticides we commonly use on natural lawns have been linked to cancer, birth defects, liver and kidney damage, neurotoxicity and disruption of the endocrine system.

An artificial lawn allows you to get the most from your landscaping, and your entire family will appreciate the lush, natural appearance and texture of our synthetic grass products. If your area offers LEED credits, tax incentives or water rebates, you will save even more money on your outdoor d├ęcor.

Furthermore, the uses of artificial lawns are not limited to residential spaces. Southwest Greens of East Bay also offers golf course and putting green grass as well. Golf courses account for less than one percent of the fresh water use in California, but that is still a large amount of water. Even golf courses located in Northern California use 140,000 gallons of water per day, according to the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America, approximately the same amount of water a family of four uses in an entire year. While water recycling could provide a temporary solution to help keep a natural golf course looking healthy, converting wastewater to use for irrigation is a slow and expensive process. The pipe system required to outfit a golf course to handle the conversion can cost up to one million dollars per mile, and that’s just if you don’t have to make upgrades to your existing infrastructure! Furthermore, in some areas, reclaimed water is unavailable. Using artificial grass for golf courses makes sense on both an economic and environmental level.

At Southwest Greens of East Bay, we make it easy to reduce your carbon footprint and conserve water. Whether you desire a jade, verdant lawn for your home or business, a putting green to practice your short game in your own yard, or need to landscape an entire golf course, we can help. Contact Southwest Greens today for a free consultation!


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