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Synthetic lawn or not??

I'm trying to get a consensus on synthetic lawn.  Should I do it or not? 

I've been doing quite a bit of research on it and it seems nice.  It looks realistic these days, saves on watering, mowing, maintenance, chemicals/fertilizer; on the other hand it's expensive to install intitially (although it pays for itself in a few years on water, etc. saved), it gets hot on sunny days, and the hardest thing for me to get over is that it stays green int he winter (when everyone else's lawn will be dormant).


What's the consensus on the points above?  How do you think resale is?  Does anyone else have it and what do you think?

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April 26 2012 - Staten Island
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Synthetic lawn looks good for about two days, if that.   Don't do it.  It would be a huge negative for resale.    
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April 26 2012
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My vote is against.  If you want to live in a house with a lawn but don't want the hassles of a real lawn, why not let more trees and bushes grow?  Have a garden instead of a lawn.  It's better for the environment and is much less maintenance.  Get some evergreens in; they don't even shed leaves like most trees do!
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April 30 2012
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Every one like different things, but I would not do an artificial lawn. They may make sense for a sports venue, but not to me for a private residence.

If you want to get rid of your lawn or have green with no mowing, you might look into some of the creeping water efficient ground covers or native plants that have come onto the market.
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April 30 2012
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Instead of mowing the lawn you will have to dust the lawn. How is that an improvement?
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April 30 2012
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You're best bet is native ground covers that don't grow higher than a few inches. Will save you money, be better for the environment, and look great.
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April 30 2012
Are we talking about an acre of artificial grass or 20 square feet of the stuff?

I would suggest if it is 20sf, go for it - it won't be hard for a buyer to replace later on and would not have an negative impact; otherwise I think you would be wasting your money, and adversely affecting the value of your home.  It's your home - your decision - your money.

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April 30 2012
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Another vote for "NOT".

The "purpose" of green plants is to put Oxygen back in the air, remove carbon monoxide from the air, hold the soil from erosion, and regulate the  environment temperature and humidity better.

What purpose does "plastic" serve other than to use more oil?

Might as well live in a "cardboard box" if pretend "substitutes" seem as good to you as the "real thing".
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April 30 2012
If I lived in AZ with 1" of rainfall a year, maybe. Otherwise, NO.
By the way, what do you do when a neighbor's dog relieves himself on your lawn?  Yuck!! Stick with the real thing.
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April 30 2012
If it's just a little backyard, or a place where grass is hard to grow than go for it.  If it's an entire lawn in a neighborhood where everyone has grass then forget about it.
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May 23 2012
Does anyone in your household including your pets suffer seasonal allergies. Is grass one of the common irritants causing rashes and other allergy symptoms?
Replacing your grass, while yes, at a higher up front cost, will give back to you, your family and your pets by reducing, if not eliminating, the allergies that hinder your lives.
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December 16 2013

Synthetic can never replace actual green, healthy growing lawn. It will always look low end and shabby. It will never be good for resale

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December 16 2013
I just appraised a $4.0M home in BHPO with fake grass. I was a little taken aback, but the owner loved it . No dogs, no kids, gated estate, architectural home, it went well. And yes, the quality is getting better these days. 

With less than 5" of rain last year and it seems less this year, I got a quote on it for my backyard. Still not sure if Ill pull the trigger but it is getting more and more popular at least in So Cal, which is - in essence - a desert. 
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December 16 2013
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If one lives in an area with 1" or 5" of rain, why not chose more appropriate plants for the climate than lawn grass?    I'm always shocked when I drive around in Vegas and see mile after mile of residential property landscaped as if in New England.  
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