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Artificial Lawns a Good Alternative to Your Lawn

by Joe Cooper, All About Lawns Columnist

When you think about your lawn--the maintenance, the cost, the endless cycle--do you ever think, "I'm over it." You're not alone. Going artificial can be a great alternative to a real lawn and all of its upkeep. As you start to consider this option, keeping a few things in mind can help you determine whether it's a good choice for you.


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  • Make it greener
  • Eliminate patches
  • Less weeds
  • Make it thicker
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Choosing location, location, location.

Not sure if your current lawn is a good location for artificial grass? There are products designed for a whole range of lawn areas, including:

  • Main yards
  • Side yards
  • Sunny or shaded areas
  • Hillsides
  • Rooftops

Getting a good idea.

Wondering how installation will work? Guessing at how much artificial grass you'd need? Most products come in lengths of 13' or 15', so measuring your lawn area will give you a good estimate. Still not sure? Reading about artificial grass installation tips can help.

Pay attention to what borders your lawn, too; plants, flowerbed, concrete, and other bordering elements can be determining factors for how much and what type of artificial grass would work best in your yard. Your soil quality is another important consideration. Hard-to-shovel soil is an indicator that installation could be more complicated. A certain amount of soil (usually around 3-4") must be removed, and an incline or grade installed using crushed stone, for artificial grass to be installed.

Estimating cost.

Artificial grass ranges from around $7-9 per square foot. Why the large range? Here are three basic categories of artificial grass cost, each of which are very important to making your investment as cost-efficient as possible:

  • Weight
  • Urethane backing
  • Quantity

After the initial investment, the cost of artificial lawn maintenance is fairly low, and entails some basics that are lower impact than maintaining a real lawn:


  • Raking
  • Hand-picking
  • Wetting
  • Washing
  • Sanitizing
  • Treating for weeds and pests

Before you go artificial, consulting with a landscaper or local gardener is a good idea. Doing some simple can help you determine whether this product is a good choice for your lawn.



About the Author
Joe Cooper writes education, home services, and design articles, and manages corporate communications. He holds a bachelor's in American Literature from UCLA.

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