Has anyone had a good experience putting in artificial grass in a home
I am mainly thinking about the back yard. It's a fairly shallow yard
surrounded by tall trees and a two-story house. It doesn't get enough
sun for a really healthy lawn. This is especially true on the side of
the house, which is a narrow strip that gets close to zero sun.
I would like to investigate putting in artificial lawn. Myabe I would
do the side of the house first and see how that goes. If we like that,
we could do the entire back lawn.
We live in the San Francisco bay area. The climate is mild. We have no
pets and the kids are grown, so it won't get a lot of use. Mostly the
occasional garden party.
Here are some links. Any experience with any of these?
Naples Florida for one.
They made a guy rip out his Astroturf lawn and put in real grass that
requires watering and fertilizer ... at the same time when they are
telling us fertilizer is killing the Gulf and we are running out of
My daughter put it at their house. It is a smallish area, probably 750 sf.
They love it. I was skeptical, but it has weathered very well for being
two years old. This is in Las Vegas where the sun is brutal. No fading.
Yet. They did have two pug dogs for over a year, and their presence did not
affect the grass.
My SIL is the type who researches everything to death. In the process of
selecting a contractor, he learned that there are different grades,
different warranties, different substrates, different thicknesses of
substrates, etc. Not just a piece of AstroTurf you can slam down anywhere.
Somewhat spendy, or I would consider it for the 1,000 sf of friggin Bermuda
we have to dig out and poison out over the next few months until September
1. We may change our minds before Sept. 1, and just go with the lawn you
Ask your local contractors for satisfied customers you can contact. If they
don't have any, or won't provide any, that should tell you something about
that particular contractor. Don't buy from anything but a contractor. You
will pay more, but you will not be searching for them if something goes
wrong down the road. Shop around. Educate yourself on the different grades
and substrates. You will be spending a considerable chunk of ca$h, so
My yard is next to a schoolyard cum public park. The public park
grass has overwhelmed my Kentucky grass sodded lawn more than a decade
ago. I love it for its hardiness and low maintenance. I don't water
my lawn and had only applied fertilizer maybe four times over 25
years. In a dry spell it may look scrawny and brown. But it is never
bare dirt and the moment it rains the grass rebounds overnight and I
have to mow within a week. The recommendation then is to find out the
grass the local park uses and seed you lawn with that.
Probably quite a long time, but the maintenance would be at least
inconvenient and I doubt the wife would want it.
There are lots of options, of course: ground cover, ground cover
around stepping stones, wood chips or bark, gravel, concrete, ...
All of those have been considered, but we would really prefer grass
(or a grass substitute) because we do walk through there occasionally.
You can also check with local landscapers or nurseries to see what they may
recommend. There are certainly blends of grass recommended for shady
locations. If you can't find one that you like, there are a lot of
non-grass alternatives that you may find aesthetically pleasing. Are you
set on having a lawn, or are you open to other sorts of ground cover?
I confess a prejudice against synthetic grass without a lot of research or
knowledge of the current products. If/when I go back to Vegas I'll check
out the installation at Wynn. If a product can look good and weather well
in that environment, I'd have to reconsider my opinion.
I looked into artifical turff for some selected areas, with 4 dogs they
are creatures of habit and have a road system of muddy paths. its
unreal expensive:( unfortunately they drag the mud indoors in wet
In the spring I will probably go with sakrette pavers for the road
its wierd even visiting dogs follow the exact same path, including some
zigs for no apparent reason.
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