How Can Artificial Grass Save You Money?
Nowadays, it’s no secret that artificial grass saves money – and a lot of it. If you’re looking at artificial grass, there’s a good chance it’s because you’re hoping to save money too. Well, friend, rest assured that artificial grass can and will save money for you. The exact amount it will save, however, depends on your current lawncare expenses. While we can’t tell you exactly how much you’ll save, we can give you the information you need to run your own numbers and make an informed decision.
An 80% drop in your water bill? Yes, that’s possible. That’s the power of artificial grass.
The first and most obvious factor that affects how much you’ll save is your current lawn irrigation water usage.
According to this article at todayshomeowner.com, the average American lawn uses about 0.62 gallons of water per square foot every watering cycle, or every time the irrigation system kicks on. That means a 1,000 square-foot yard uses about 620 gallons of water every cycle. Not surprisingly, an estimated 80% of all residential water usage is outdoor and irrigation. As water prices trend upward, then, it’s no stretch of the imagination to see how watering a lawn in any but the rainiest of places in the U.S. could become a financial drain.
Additionally, the EPA published this informatic document back in October 2006, estimating that about half of all residential irrigation water is wasted due to evaporation, system leaks, or simple overwatering. True, modern irrigation technology has improved since ’06, but this figure is likely to hold true today. That means your lawn could be outright wasting 40% of your bought-and-paid-for water!
Are you convinced yet? Did we convince you? Maybe? Hmmm. Well, just to make sure, here are a bunch more ways artificial grass saves you money.
Now, we don’t want stir up any controversy here, but generally speaking, if you water grass, it will grow. (Shocking, we know!) So, if you’re watering your lawn, you’re probably also mowing it. How much gasoline do you need to power your riding lawnmower? How much in maintenance and repairs? What about the retail price of the machine? You may be surprised at just how much mowing your lawn costs.
If you’re watering and mowing your lawn, then we think there’s a good chance you are also weeding your lawn, a process which often includes weed killer. As you probably know, weed killer can be expensive and less-than-healthy for you, your family, and the environment. Evidence for this has grown recently as questions surrounding the chemicals used in several popular weed killers has gained significant media attention.
Other lawn services and products, such as aeration and fertilizer, only add to the ever-growing financial drain of maintaining your natural lawn.
How much will artificial grass maintenance cost you? Virtually nothing. We say “virtually” because artificial grass usually does require occasional sprucing-up. This can mean simply brushing up the turf with a broom. It can also mean deep cleaning your grass on an as-needed basis with a special solution.
See our post about cleaning your artificial turf >> Deep Cleaning Your Artificial Turf
Here’s our 32oz bottle of cleaner, priced at $17.95. It covers 1,500 square-feet of grass. As you can see, the cost of deep cleaning with this solution is negligible compared to natural lawn maintenance costs.
Running the Numbers
Artificial grass is an investment, which means there is an up-front cost, of course. In most regions of the Southwest and Midwestern U.S., artificial grass saves homeowners enough money to pay for itself very quickly. We recommend getting a free quote and running your own numbers to see if an artificial lawn is the right investment for you.
Check out our post on estimating the up-front cost of artificial grass >> How Much Does Artificial Grass Cost?
By slashing your water bill and lawn maintenance expenses, artificial lawns can provide all the comfort and beauty of a natural lawn at a fraction of the cost. Got questions? Give us a call or stop by one of our stores and talk to one of our artificial turf experts.