Although it’s only the beginning of February, it already feels like March or April – what mild spring weather! Hard to tell if we’ll get the rain required to keep us out of “the drought”, but if it does come this year it will be late. The price of water in the Bay Area has steadily increased over the last few years with or without the required amount of rain. On the Peninsula we do not seem to have the same levels or “tiers” that the other counties have on the East Bay and South Bay. But in San Mateo county the price of water has increased.
One thing is for certain – the biggest user of water in the Bay area is the residential garden. Sure, water can be conserved, but it will take a lot of education before that will happen. The average person and even the average gardener does not test the soil to see how much water the landscape requires. More water is wasted keeping our grass green than any other use of water in the average SF Bay Area home.
Synthetic turf has become a huge market throughout the USA. The rise of synthetic turf has grown exponentially in CA. IT is said to grow in leaps and bounds over the next 10 years. We just do not have the water to sustain the consumption required to keep lawns green. It is funny how we plant low water requiring plants, such as the natural grasses, California native plants and a variety of Australian plants but we still install thousands of square feet of sod each year.
In recent years we have installed more synthetic turf than natural grass. I used to be against the synthetic market for years but as the development of synthetic grass continues to improve I am becoming quite the advocate. The synthetic turf is much easier to maintain and cuts down on water, chemicals and fertilizers.
Feel free to contact us via phone (650) 361-1414 to discuss any landscape projects we might be able to assist you with.