Ashland is considering the benefits of reduced water, maintenance, and emissions artificial grass provides, and plans to install the drought-tolerant turf across the medians of Siskiyou Boulevard. However, it’s unclear if residents will go for the fake grass.

“At the city, we talk in cubic feet of water,” said Julie Smitherman, “and that’s 2,000 to 2,600 cubic feet of water during summer, on that one spot, plus you reduce maintenance with less emissions from mowers.”

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