When we recently made our way over to Las Vegas for CES and stayed over at our friend's home in the northern reaches of Vegas' suburbs, one of the things we noticed immediately was the lack of lawns in front of all the homes. Due to water restrictions and the insane summer heat, lawns are a pipe dream to maintain, something almost all residents of the Southwest region of states are facing with dwindling water supplies and higher average temps. We prefer xeriscaping as the solution (we wished our state would offer incentives for homeowners to replace their water-thirsty lawns with drought tolerant flora); with Angeleno's love affair with the lawn, we might be seeing more products like SYNLawn, an artificial lawn made of polyethylene monofilament yarn and texturized nylon yarn that looks extremely realistic and is softer than previous faux lawn coverings...
comes in a variety of options that mimics real grass such as St Augustine grass, Kentucky Blue, Fescue, and Rye; styles are listed as lasting up to 10 years with one line specifically designed for children's playgrounds, SYNPlay Collection
, which includes padding. Part of us believes this is a bit unnecessary, since we believe replacing lawns with native plants and other low water use outdoor coverings is the way to go. But perhaps in hot Southwestern cities like Phoenix and Las Vegas, SYNLawn Synthetic Grass would be an ideal option to allow children to grow up with a "grassy" area to play in, allow home owners to have small patches of decorative lawn to enjoy, and reduce water use in the long term in areas such as Los Angeles, where residents are resistant to removing lawns. Our question is whether cleaning
dog messes on this material is an easy affair or requires more "hands on" effort (yuck, whether it's real grass or not). If you're interested (we are...we want to feel how real the grass is), you can send away for a sample here