26 Jun '15, 10am

Green News: A California Builder Makes Artificial Turf Standard

Green News: A California Builder Makes Artificial Turf Standard

The continuing drought in California is convincing builders to modify what they offer prospective homebuyers in the way of landscaping. In Fresno, Granville Homes has been making synthetic turf standard in all front yards since May. That costs the builder six times as much as genuine turf but it looks a lot more appealing than grass turned brown by a lack of rain and lower groundwater supplies. Homebuyers can still get real grass as an option. Fresno is an inland city of a half-million people about halfway between Bakersfield and Sacramento in the Central Valley. The average high temperature is 96°F in July, and annual precipitation averages just under 13 inches. This year, rainfall has totaled just 3.75 inches, according to the University of California. That's left a lot of conventional plantings begging for water. "Brown lawns are convincing buyers that this is a good wa...

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