Chronicle Staff Writer Peter Fimrite writes that the recent dose of rainy weather seems to have buoyed the hopes of California’s water municipalities, but measurements taken in the Sierra Nevada show there is still not enough snow pack to eliminate drought conditions.
The ritual hike into the snowy wilds to survey the state’s frozen water supply found less snow than normal for this time of year in the Sierras.
Frank Gehrke, chief of snow surveys for the California Department of Water Resources, after finishing the last measurement at Phillips Station next to Highway 50, remarked: “What we’re finding this year is really pretty close to last year”.
It is easy to look at what was your dead lawn, see green grass and think “wow, maybe the drought is over and the prices of water will go down…perhaps my interest in saving money with a synthetic lawn isn’t necessary. Unfortunately, even if the drought was to end today, the cost of water will continue to rise. In his very informative article titled: ‘As we use less, we could pay more’, Kelly Zito, SF Chronicle staff, writes: “The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the largest water district in the region, is leaning toward 10 percent annual rate increases over the next four years. Marin Municipal Water District plans a 7.3 percent bump”. This informative article can be found by going to: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/04/19/MNU41732JU.DTL
The average lawn requires 55,000 gallons of water a year. Unfortunately, most people over-water their lawn, causing that amount to jump up to 75,000 gallons a year or more. Getting an artificial lawn for the future just makes sense, both cost-wise and for the environment.
A national professional “landcare” organization sent me a list of tips for conserving water and this statement: a healthy lawn is good for the environment. Is it?
Turf grass does take in carbon dioxide and produce oxygen, and the roots can filter water.
Lawns also suck up an incredible amount of water and the run off from fertilizers and pesticides gets into ground water supplies. This is especially problematic in places like the Bay Area that have been recently susceptible to drought.
If you really want to save water, get rid of the lawn and replace it with native plants, shrubs, trees. If you want a lawn but want to conserve water, then please consider using artificial grass, which doesn’t need to be watered, mowed or chemically-enhanced. If you happen to live in the Bay Area and are thinking about an artificial lawn as a solution, contact onelawn by going to our website: www.onelawn.com or call 1-877-5296.
Synthetic grass has come a long way since the first installation of Astroturf at the dome in Houston in 1965. The first generation of artificial grass gained a reputation for its unrealistic look and feel. With the advances in materials and construction over the past 40 years, the improvements have led to a product that is virtually indistinguishable from traditional sod in appearance and texture. The Good Nature Company’s onelawn™ is the next generation of artificial grass.
Welcome to Onelawn’s new and improved Artificial Lawn Blog. We wanted to create a place where we can regularly expound on the benefits of installing an Artificial Lawn for your Bay Area home. Not only will we elaborate on the cost saving and eco-friendly benefits of Synthetic Grass, but we’ll also touch on local San Francisco events, tell you how you can improve your golf game, ways to make child safe playgrounds and more. Please check back for frequent updates, and thanks for reading.