The Personal Journal section in today’s Wall Street Journal had an article ($) about how some homeowners are turning to fake grass for their lawns instead of the real thing.
It just seems wrong to me. What’s next? Fake trees and flowers? Fake birds and insects? Fake kids playing out in the front yard?
Can you imagine a world covered in plastic? I don’t want to.
The manufacurers of fake grass say that people are installing their products to conserve water. I gotta say, if you take care of your yard properly, you shouldn’t have to use that much water. Of course, I do live in an area that normally gets lots of rain. Still, even in drier areas, it’s possible to have a decent looking yard if you:
1. Don’t cut your grass to short. Mowing your grass higher helps to shade the roots and can actually keep the ground moist. I mow my grass on the highest setting possible. In August, my grass looks awesome while everyone else’s looks burnt.
2. Water less frequently but more thoroughly. I read somewhere that you can actually water your grass for two hours every two weeks and get better results than by watering it more frequently. Watering more often trains the roots to stay close to the surface of the ground instead of growing deeper.
Anyway, I think it is safe to say that fake grass isn’t in my future.