How Long Do I Need to Use Fake Grass?Sep 22, 2016
California’s severe drought and the mandatory water restrictions that followed have all but forced those who still want a fresh-looking, green yard to replace their lawn with fake grass. But how long will it be until the drought ends and you can go back to normal grass?
If you were thinking of putting your real grass back after the drought, consider the benefit of staying with artificial turf. Fake grass does not have to be a temporary solution, especially when you consider the California drought may not be finished just yet. Fake grass actually has long-lasting advantages over real grass that you do not want to miss out on—drought or no drought.
The Long-Term Effects of the Drought
The recent California drought has lasted five years—and counting. It has been the driest period in recorded California history. Who can say how long the drought will last?
A recent study featured in the LA Times showed a comparison of current weather conditions to that of climate records from the last 10,000 years. Although a link was found between climate warming and droughts in California and the West, nothing concrete can really be said. This means the drought may continue to take its toll, leaving real grass lawns looking brown and dry instead of the ideal green. Meanwhile, artificial grass will continue to look as green as the day it was installed.
Drought.ca.gov reports that the state-wide mandates imposed last year may be replaced by “locally determined measures.” Stress tests conducted over the past few months show that many urban water suppliers are prepared to withstand drought conditions for another three years. That may not seem like a long time, but there’s no guarantee the drought could last even longer. You could be waiting a while longer to put in your grass lawn again.
Why You Should Continue Using Fake Grass
Even if by some circumstance the drought is declared as finished, California will remain a dry state. Lawns already require a lot of water to stay green and healthy. However, you may already have the solution right in your front yard—with an artificial grass lawn.
With no sure end in sight to the drought, your artificial turf is your home’s best chance at a healthy-looking lawn. The advantages are all there:
- Low maintenance
- Lower water bills
- Realistic look
- Lasts for years
Fake grass lasts for years, and the amount you save on water and maintenance during that time make it a smart long-term investment. It will retain its vibrant, healthy look all year long without the need to go against any local water restrictions.