According to the National Weather Service, the excessively high heat index includes more than 100 days of scorching 110-degree heat in Phoenix, causing residents to suffer and the city’s water resource to dwindle. Dangerously low water levels are feared.

With the mercury hitting an all-time high in the region and drought knocking on the city’s door, both residential and commercial building owners are starting to more seriously consider converting their natural lawns to artificial grass.

Mitigating Phoenix Drought Scare with Artificial Grass

Especially hitting the south-central and western-central regions of Arizona hard, the heat wave has imparted an incredible amount of stress on those areas’ water resources, spurring the government to invoke water conservation guidelines. Experts concur that replacing natural lawns with artificial grass is an effective way for Phoenix residents to help conserve water.

Some proactive residents, concerned about these extreme-heat patterns, already switched to artificial grass to not only keep their landscapes looking green but to also abate the threat to their water supply. After all, what kind of homeowner would take pride in a lawn that has been thoroughly devastated by the excessive heat waves or in contributing to the overall water glut?

Experts say the installation of artificial grass in the region would amount to the conservation of around four to eight billion gallons of water. That’s a savings equivalent to the annual average water usage of an estimated 55,000 American families. Aside from saving water, the use of synthetic turf also saves the surrounding soil and groundwater from fertilizers or pesticides. Furthermore, its saves money for homes and businesses.

The Future of Artificial Grass

The current Phoenix heat wave and incidence of drought over the Southwest in recent years spurs agencies to find feasible solutions to combat this spate and future heat onslaughts. However, Phoenix is not alone. According to the latest report from Britain’s Royal Horticultural Society (RHS), continuously dry weather has forced British homeowners to do more pruning, mowing, and weeding just to maintain a lush-looking garden. For this reason, the benefits of installing artificial turf in place of natural grass loom large.

Indeed, experts in many regions say such incidents will soon lead to a point in which artificial grass completely replaces natural lawns.

It is feared that before long, given the rate of weather extremes, the United States in general will be prompted to partly address the problem by converting to more artificial lawns. After all, it serves as a cost-effective way to maintain lawns, to help populations conserve water, and to reduce the embarrassment of owning a wilting lawn.

Sources
UK garden lawns will be replaced by synthetic grass due to climate change, predicts Royal Horticultural Society, Independent.co.UK
The grass is always greener with artificial lawns, Nation.co.KE
Frequently Asked Questions, SyntheticTurfCouncil.org

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