To Turf Or Not To Turf

Southern California may have some of the best weather on the planet, but it is no stranger to environmental disasters. The record ferocity of wildfires in the preceding years, while primarily affecting northern and central California, have not left our part of the state untouched: the Woolsey fire of 2018 was one of the most destructive fires in the State’s history, dwarfed only by the other massive wildfires concurrently burning through the piled-up undergrowth in the state’s forests.

One of the primary causes for these events is the high incidence of draught in the state – California, while incredibly beautiful, is highly subject to the ever-changing weather patterns in the Pacific ocean and the consistent high pressure systems moving in from the high desert to its east. This relationship between low pressure ocean systems and high pressure desert atmospheric conditions leads to a propensity for random, yet devastating, extended periods of draught, which leaves great swathes of our forests dead and the perfect kindling for massive fires to break out.

As citizens of this great state, we’ve been rather lax in our response to these dangers, choosing to utilize far greater amounts of water than the state can reasonably produce on its own, leading to greater and greater shortages in years of draught. One of the primary culprits of this water usage is the suburban home dwellers’ favorite aspect of home ownership – our lawns!

Lawns in the state can suck up more than 100 gallons of water in a year, and with millions of homes and businesses that are looking to have that luscious green carpet in front of their doors, the compounding effect leads to an ever greater demand for water on our parched state. With many unwilling to give up the aesthetically pleasing and calming effects of their greenery, what can we, as responsible residents in the great state of California, do?

One alternative that is gaining considerable momentum in areas of southern California like Orange County and San Diego is replacing your natural grass with artificial grass. A far cry from the astroturf of football stadiums in the 1970’s, modern turf is nearly indistinguishable from the real thing, with plenty of different options for texture, color, and tactile sensation.

The growth in usage is no joke – according to a Guardian article from August 2nd, 2019, “…the market is growing. Dozens of specialist firms now market fake grass as a replacement for garden lawns. UK sales surged during last year’s record summer temperatures, according to the industry journal Hortweek, while a report by Up Market Research valued the global market at $2.5bn (£2bn) in 2016 and forecasts a “staggering” rise to $5.8bn by 2023.”

As temperatures continue to rise due to global climate change and average rain fall begin to decline in parts of the world, those who desire a greener lawn may need to begin looking for alternatives. For those of us in the beautiful southern California region who are looking to take the plunge into the world of artificial turf, we highly recommend the local company NoMow Turf, who have been servicing our communities for 15 years.

A quick perusal through their Yelp and Google Review pages reveals that the company and its owner, Pat Bray, have solid reputation for honest, competent work, and the results of their installations speaks for themselves through the pictures available.

If you’re interested in helping our state conserve water while retaining the gorgeous green of your lawn, please give the spotlighted company a look:

NoMow Turf

(866) 679-4863

26674 Vista Terrace, Lake Forest, CA 92630

Saving Water, One Lawn At A Time

You hear about it in the news, on TV, and basically on every corner of the internet. Water is a resource that needs to be preserved. This isn’t “news” to anyone, but it seems like you’ve done all you could do. You’ve set a timer for the shower, you stopped pre-rinsing dishes as much before putting them in the dishwasher. Heck, you’ve even cut down on your succulent collection. It seems like you’ve done everything imaginable cut down on your water usage. What else can one person do?

Think about sprinklers. They usually go off around the same time every day, usually during the hours you’re asleep. When a system runs automatically, especially during a time when most people aren’t even awake, it can be easy to forget how much water it’s using. Fortunately, there is a cheaper and much more energy-efficient alternative.

In this article, we’d like to highlight NoMow Turf. A fantastic company that is helping to keep Orange County drought-free by offering high-quality turf installation. Now I know what you’re thinking. Turf? Like the stuff they put on soccer fields made of tire and plastic? No way, that stuff always looks super fake.

Now that may have been the case in the past, but the astroturf industry has made leaps and bounds since its original prototypes and NoMow Turf is at the leading edge of this. When the drought was at its worst in California, artificial plant companies were forced to improve the aesthetics of their products. This is good news for the customers since the fake plant industry garnered significantly more competition than it had been blessed with in the past — and the astroturf industry was no exception.

Now there is astroturf made to be so realistic that you can’t even tell the difference. And it may sound hard to believe; usually, you can pin fake lawns from a mile away. But think about the industries that have benefitted from the fake grass industry in your area — ever seen dying grass in Disneyland? Exactly.

Let’s think about how installing fake grass can save you money: of course, you pay for the product and installation, but after that? Nothing. No water bills inflating during the dry season, no need for de-snailing products, no need to purchase fertilizer for patches that don’t grow in as well. After that initial payment, your work here is done.

Let’s also look at the reasons most people don’t invest in turf: It will look super artificial and weird. People will think I’m fake ‘cause my grass is fake. Or won’t the pieces of rubber get loose from it and give away the “authentic” look?

In reality, people will appreciate the fact that you are saving water more than they appreciate the authenticity of your grass. And in response to the second reason, I can understand the source: how we maintain the outside of our house tends to be an outward projection of how we maintain ourselves. However, if you are already projecting the message that conserving water is important by having turf, wouldn’t that be a positive thing? Artificial turf in Orange County has been increasing in popularity in recent years, and it’s not just a fashion trend — it has turned into a statement of environmental consciousness.

So whether or not you would honestly consider the turf option for your home, you can’t deny that it would be a huge step in the environmentally friendly direction. Fortunately, the California drought is over; let’s hope that more people switch over to turf to keep it that way. We want to thank NoMow Turf for doing their part in helping to keep out county and state beautiful and fully watered.

NoMow Turf, Inc.

26674 Vista Terrace, Lake Forest, CA 92630

(855) 968-8873