Climate change is real, despite what some conspiracy theorists would like to proclaim. According to the latest report from Environment and Climate Change Canada, extreme weather conditions, including periods of drought and higher than normal temperatures, will be the new normal in Western Canada. As part of an effort to ease demand for water during peak times this summer, BC is bringing back strict watering restrictions, beginning May 1st and running until October 15th. In Richmond, weather permitting, even-numbered homes will be allowed to water their lawns between 4:00-9:00 am Wednesday and Saturday mornings, and odd-numbered homes can water between 4:00-9:00 am Thursday and Sunday mornings.
That being said, no one can deny the appeal of a beautiful, lush, healthy green lawn. It feels nice on your bare feet and is perfect for kicking around a soccer ball. However, with dry weather and watering restrictions, your lawn will probably end up more yellow and brown than green and will feel like straw under your feet. An alternative to a natural lawn that you may not have considered is a high-quality artificial turf. This virtually maintenance-free product looks and feels just like natural grass – even better in fact, because it won’t dry out and it won’t turn brown. Many families are making the switch to artificial turf in Richmond and it may be the right time for you to join the movement.
Aside from the obvious benefits of water conservation, how environmentally friendly is artificial turf, really? The truth is, high quality artificial turf is a very green product (pun intended). It is generally made from quality, non-toxic materials. Furthermore, since it is not a living organism, it does not attract insects and pests that often require toxic chemicals to control. These chemicals are not only dangerous when they are sprayed onto the lawn, butcontinue to emit toxins into the soil and when it rains, the chemical run-off can potentially contaminate water sources, lakes, and oceans. Eliminating the need for these fertilizers and pesticides makes your home safer for you, your family, and the environment. And once again, since it is not living grass, it does not need to be mowed, which may be the best part about switching to artificial turf in Richmond! Its lifespan can be upwards of 25 years, with very little maintenance, and contrary to popular belief, much of the artificial turf is recyclable or can be broken down and reused.
Artificial turf is a beautiful, natural looking, eco-friendly alternative to natural grass. And with dry weather expected to continue, now is the perfect time to make the change.