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The Growing Appeal of Faux Turf

Artificial Turf Is Soaring in Popularity

(And for good reason)

The average American household uses 320 gallons of water per day, 30% of which is dedicated to outdoor use. Up to 60% of homeowners’ water bills comes from watering the lawn. What if we told you there was a way to have a tidy and vibrant lawn without the hassle of weekly mowing and hefty watering?

Artificial turf has gained popularity in various applications, such as sports fields (think US Bank Stadium) and commercial landscapes. Using synthetic grass in residential landscapes for putting greens and pool decks has been trending in recent years. So what are the pros and cons?

What are the pros and cons of artificial turf?


  • Low maintenance. Stays green. Artificial turf does not need regular mowing.
  • Highly durable. An excellent choice for high-traffic areas.
  • No harmful pesticides or herbicides needed. More environmentally friendly.
  • No more mud dragged in by pets!
  • Makes a space functional, whether it is a putting green or an area where families can play outdoor games.


  • Some artificial turf retains heat.
  • Its production uses non-renewable resources and chemicals, potentially contributing to pollution.
  • May lack sufficient water filtration that real grass provides.
  • May not be as playable as natural grass in for some sports.
  • Some fibers may fade in the sun. However, technological advancements are solving some of these issues, such as heat reduction and creating UV-stabilized fibers for maximum color.

Artificial turf keeps this shady backyard vibrant and green all year long.

To maintain hardcover requirements, these homeowners opted for artificial turf around their pool.

Artificial turf is low-maintenance and highly durable, making it an excellent option for high traffic areas.

Is Faux Turf Worth the Investment?

Ultimately, the worth of artificial turf depends on your specific needs, budget, and preferences. If you want a low-maintenance, durable, and green outdoor space that doesn't require regular watering, artificial turf is a great option. However, if you enjoy the natural feel of real grass and have a lower budget, traditional grass might be a better fit. Consider your priorities, and weigh the pros and cons before making a decision.

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