Due to traveling around the globe on business and before relocating all the way from Australia to the United States, I had trouble keeping up with gardening, particularly my lawn. Heat waves, drought, weather of all varieties quite often turned my green lawn brown. Nothing I ever did worked for long, simply because I couldn’t be as persistent about it as I needed to be. I would water the lawn faithfully for a while and things would green up but then I’d be off on another business trip and the lawn would go brown on me again. It got to the point where I started researching alternatives to a live grass lawn, not really expecting to find anything remarkable.
That’s when I discovered synthetic lawns and was very surprised at how realistic they appear. They don’t look anything like those old, green plastic rugs that you wipe your feet on when you come into your house. Instead, they look like real living turf, complete with a dirt colored base and what look like some dead grass blades and various shades of green. Synthetic lawns look like the real thing but they don’t require any kind of care whatsoever. They don’t need water, or seeding or special chemicals to make the grass grow faster. They stay green year round no matter where you live and you can even use them as a huge door mat to wipe your feet on before coming inside.
I figured that these types of lawns were probably pretty expensive so I did some research on that as well. I found out that while the synthetic lawns can run pretty high in cost, they more than make up for the amount of water used on a real lawn. They are pretty, come in a variety of colors and if laid properly, they even look just like a real lawn. These lawns are cut by the square foot and you can piece them together to fit any size yard. They come out looking like one total piece, just like with a real lawn. Best of all, they don’t require mowing, so you don’t waste expensive petrol on your lawn mower each summer.
Then I naturally questioned whether or not I would be spending all of that money on something that would last a few months and then fade out under the hot Australian sun. This was a concern so I did more research and discovered that synthetic lawns are designed with UV protection built right in. In fact, it’s been said that synthetic lawns can last up to 25 years or more with the right kinds of usage. That sounded great to me, so I decided to go for it. Luckily, I had a mate in Adelaide who installs instant lawns, so he was able to get me a discount on the lawn and even came over to Sydney to help me install it.
Yeah, it was expensive but it was worth it because now I have a perfect lawn and the neighbors are jealous of me. They all want to have that kind of lawn without all the work as well, so I guess synthetic lawns are catching on in my neighborhood.