With ongoing droughts in the Western United States and other parts of the world, environmental scientists predict that water shortages will be among the world’s greatest challenges in the coming decades. To meet these challenges, businesses, like homeowners, are seeking new ways to cut back on water consumption.
As a result, many businesses have begun searching for better and more cost-effective ways to manage and maintain their commercial landscapes, while also making them more eco-friendly and sustainable.
Obviously, the more water a business consumes, the more it can benefit from water-saving efforts. But while it’s become acceptable in many California residential neighborhoods to simply let lawns go brown in order to conserve water during the drought, for hotels and businesses, where keeping up appearances is vital, letting the grass wither and die before your customers’ eyes is simply not an option.
Businesses Converting to Artificial Grass
Many businesses are also following the leads of homeowners and residential customers by replacing their traditional lawns with attractive, water-saving artificial grass.
Because artificial grass doesn’t need to be mowed or watered, it can help businesses save hundreds or thousands of gallons of water per year. Additionally, artificial grass is aesthetically pleasing, long lasting, and durable. And it doesn’t require any chemical pesticides or fertilizers to maintain. The costs to install artificial grass are reasonable, and over time, an artificial lawn will pay for itself.
Recently, Sony Pictures in Culver City, California became one of the latest businesses to make the switch to artificial grass. The renowned studio, famous for producing hit films like “Skyfall,” “The Amazing Spider Man,” and “21 Jump Street” converted over 17,000 square feet of natural grass into water-saving artificial grass. This was in addition to 17,000 square feet that had already been converted, resulting in a total of some 35,000 square feet of artificial grass now on studio property.
Hotels Converting to Artificial Grass
The Asbury Hotel, a new hotel project being developed on the famed stretch of New Jersey boardwalk where long ago, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band got their start, will feature an artificial grass recreation area among its many amenities.
And it’s not just U.S. hotels that are discovering the advantages of switching to artificial grass. Desert Ink, a landscape architecture firm based in Dubai, has implemented artificial grass on a number of hotel and residential projects, including the Midtown by Deyaar, a residential complex in Dubai’s international media production zone, and even a five-star hotel located on Dubai’s famous Palm Jumeirah.
“Artificial turf in this part of the world, is a better option than real turf in most scenarios,” explains Ben Bloomfield, director of Easigrass, a Dubai-based artificial grass supplier. “Its hard wearing nature makes it ideal for intensively used areas such as playgrounds and sports pitches. It gives us great versatility to design with, because we are less restricted by the maintenance requirements, compared with natural turf.”
With homeowners in areas affected by droughts and water shortages already converting to artificial grass en masse, it makes sense that businesses are now following suit. As businesses of all kinds increasingly look for smarter, cost-effective ways to reduce water consumption we can expect more hotels, commercial properties and other businesses to make the switch to artificial grass.
If you have questions about artificial grass and are interesting in replacing your natural lawn with a water-saving synthetic one, contact us for a free quote.