Artificial Landscaping in the Desert

The drought of 2014 in the southwestern United States was the worst in over 100 years, and it spawned a huge boost in sales of artificial grass, especially in Arizona and Saint George, Utah.  Thousands of homeowners grew weary of the stress and expense of watering live lawns to keep up curb appeal. With fake turf’s being an emerging market, there are some interesting things to know about artificial landscaping and its applications.  This article presents some valuable ideas for creative artistry, aesthetics, little to no maintenance, and money savings.

Artificial Landscaping is Artistic

For people who enjoy a perfectly manicured yard, artificial landscaping offers a variety of creative options.  Photos online depict beautifully sculptured turf, blended with various colors and shapes of hard landscaping (water features, wooden structures, concrete, brick, etc.).  You can contrast the colors of your hard landscaping with the common green turfs, or choose a different color artificial turf to accent your design. Different colors of artificial turf have become iconic in the world of American football, such as the blue turf of Boise State University’s stadium and the red field of Eastern Washington University’s football stadium.

Artificial grass looks nice all year, and you can plant other flowers and shrubs with purpose.  Some turf owners enjoy trees which retain their leaves and needles in the winter so that the contrast of grass color and tree foliage is less marked.  Some will plant bushes and trees which turn into yellows, oranges, and reds in the fall to enhance the beauty of their yard and accent the turf color in Autumn.

Artificial Landscaping Reduces Maintenance Needs

The occasional bubbles and peeled-back corners do occur; however, when applied correctly and professionally, artificial grass is virtually maintenance free, even to the point of water runoff to the right places.  No more fighting dandelions, spot-watering the dry areas, crabgrass, fungus, or lawn mowing. No need to trim back the over-growth from your driveway, sidewalk, or air conditioner. And no more unsightly urine spots from dogs.  Dog poop cleans up nicely, too.

Artificial Landscaping Saves Money

On average, it takes seven years to recoup the cost of the purchase and installation of artificial landscaping with savings on the water bill.  So, for people who plan to stay in the home long-term, it makes good sense to install artificial landscaping.  This, of course, varies with the cost of water in your municipality.  There are the lucky ones who are well-connected to artificial grass vendors, installers, or both.  Discounts are appreciated, or perhaps, professional services are traded. For the rest of us, budgeting is more important in the decision.

Now, there are also arguments against artificial landscaping, and your friends will enthusiastically point them out.  Some will say that artificial landscaping is hotter, and that’s true.  You need to consider how much time during your hot summer will be spent on or near the turf.  Will the grandkids be showing off their best hook-slides? That can be rough on the skin. Another factor is whether you have children, and you want them to learn how to mow and trim the lawn.  Working together outside is great for families. It depends on your individual circumstance, and what you are looking for in a lawn.

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Artificial Landscaping in the Desert

Article By: Clear Content Marketing