Fifty Years of Innovation and Still Going Strong

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In 1965 Donald Elbert, Robert White and James Fauria received a patent for their invention ChemGrass. When the Houston Astrodome decided to use artificial turf in their arena it was renamed Astroturf. Since then, artificial grass often gets called by that name, even though it‘s come a long way since its first introduction to the world. Today’s product used on sports fields across America is much improved, especially in the area of player safety. More frequently, it’s being used for commercial and residential applications, and for good reason.

Artificial Grass’s Benefits to the Owner

When the Astrodome first opened it had regular turf that needed constant watering because it was indoors. The Artificial turf solution ended the need for millions of gallons of water being taken from the city to satisfy the playing field. In recent years the EPA has released some surprising statistics. They estimate that the average family of four uses 400 gallons of water a day. Since 2010 4 to 8 billion gallons of water have been conserved due to the increased usage of artificial grass for lawns and athletic fields. You could even save over $400 a year by not watering your lawn ever again.

Considering today’s news out of California that many lawns are drying up due to the restricted use of water. Those homeowners with artificial grass in their yard are not as concerned as they have been conserving water ever since the turf was installed, and their lawn still looks and feels great.

That’s not the only water conservation benefit artificial grass offers. Runoff from rainstorms carry pesticides and fertilizers from our yards into lakes and streams, and is a major contribution to water pollution. Reducing that runoff can mean better health and recreation for their citizens. It may even mean spending less tax dollars on purifying that water for drinking and home use. That is why some jurisdictions are offering tax breaks to businesses and residents for installing artificial turf.

Again, the owner of the artificial lawn is ahead of the game. Not only are there no fertilizers and pesticides where their children play; they aren’t spending every weekend laying chemicals or mowing the lawn. Even the air gets a break, as one lawnmower pollutes more in an hour than 11 cars, according to the EPA.
Edited by Justin Vorhees

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