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Artificial Grass: Great Innovation, But Expensive

by Alex Russel, All About Lawns Columnist

Artificial lawn grass is in many ways the perfect answer to your prayers. With new technologies and synthetic developments, it is close to impossible to differentiate an artificial lawn from a well kept real one.

If you type "artificial turf" into a news search engine, hundreds of local articles pop up reporting that some local school is thinking about investing in artificial grass.
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Investing is the key word, because artificial turf is not cheap. Most of those local news articles are about the need to raise money to install the turf.

Expensive Lawn Grass

According to the San Jose Mercury News, one square foot of artificial grass installed at your home will cost between $8 and $15 dollars. The average size of an American garden is thought to be about an acre, which is equal to 43,5600 square feet. In other words, a garden-sized lawn can easily be worth more than three times the price of the average house.

But most families that choose artificial lawn grass will just choose a small portion of the garden to replace with the fake stuff, which usually means about 1,000 to 2,000 square feet. This will run somewhere between $20,000 and $30,000 -- still a considerable luxury.

Artificial Grass Benefits

At that cost the benefits need to be obvious. Ponder these:

First, artificial lawns don't need watering. You benefit your local community by not using up water and also save considerably on money.

Your garden doesn't need to be mowed. This reduces air pollution from the use of lawn equipment, but also simply makes your life easier, leaving time for other things.

Your lawn won't need fertilizers and pesticides. Again, you save money, but you also help your local community, avoiding putting these potentially toxic materials into the neighborhood eco-system.

Artificial Grass Of The Future

Overall, artificial lawn grass still remains an exceptional grass selection. But if prices come down, who knows, that may quickly change.


About the Author
Alex Russel is a freelance writer living in Brooklyn, NY. Since graduating from Syracuse University he has worked at many different media companies in fields as diverse as film, TV, advertising, and journalism. He holds a dual bachelor's degree in English and History.

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