It'll stay green for five years without a single drop of water. As cities like Los Angeles tighten water restrictions, artificial turf might soon be covering more than the athletic field. There's just a small problem--fake lawns aren't always legal. Even though artificial turf recently got the thumbs up from the New Jersey Department of Health and Senior Services, it's still banned in some neighborhoods (mostly for aesthetic reasons). When some Orange County, California residents traded in their live lawns for water-saving fakes, they found out that they could be facing restrictions. In light of increasing water scarcity, city officials are reconsidering the ban. Is artificial turf a green solution? Tell us what you think!
Not quite sold on artificial turf? Create a water wise lawn with drought-resistant native plants, rocks, and hearty shrubs.