If you live in a dry area, particularly affected by the ongoing drought in the southwest, you’re familiar with drought-tolerant landscaping. If you’re not, drought-tolerant landscaping has become a trend forward thinkers are implementing into their yards as a way to conserve water during the drought.

What is a drought-tolerant landscape?

It’s any type of landscaping that doesn’t require water.

Irrigation has become one of the leading uses of water in areas affected by the drought due to residents attempting to salvage their dying grass. Homeowners interested in replacing their lawn with fake grass or other drought-tolerant landscaping have options.

Keep it native or go with fake grass?

For some, the idea of losing their lawn is too much change to process … the lawn is an iconic staple, just as much as the white picket fence. But it’s becoming expensive to keep the lawn alive these days as water cost rises.

Why fake grass?

Homeowners have the choice of installing native shrubs, cactus, and rocks among other drought tolerant options, but one person makes a good point …

“For people who want to play with their children — soccer, baseball, Frisbee — they can’t do that in a front yard with cactus. You’re going to get a needle in the rump,” said Ara Najarian, mayor of the Los Angeles suburb of Glendale, who has emerged as something of a synthetic turf champion.

Having a green lawn out front and back isn’t just about the way it looks, it what a lawn offers in regard to interaction with your family and friends.

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