Landscape Design

Why Artificial Grass Might Be the Next Big Landscape Design Trend

Many homeowners are turning to artificial grass rather than the real thing, especially in dense urban settings. This example by RKLA Studio creates an oasis amidst New York City high rises.Gareth Mahon

Artificial grass has evolved significantly since its introduction in the 1960s as Astroturf in sports stadiums. Synthetic lawns are gaining popularity due to their low maintenance and water conservation benefits.

Even high-profile individuals, like model Chrissy Teigen, have installed faux lawns in their homes. However, opinions on the topic are divided among landscape designers. Some, like Fernando Wong, find artificial grass chic and that it offers a high-end look with little maintenance. Others, like David Godshall of Terremoto, criticize the product’s plastic composition and unnatural appearance.

Landscape designer Fernando Wong, who devised this green retreat in Miami, praises the versatility of artificial turf. Courtesy of Fernando Wong
SYNAugustine 547, a bio-based artificial turf from SYNLawn, features blades of field green, apple, and olive in order to look like natural grass. Courtesy of SYNLawn

SYNLawn, the largest artificial grass manufacturer worldwide, has addressed environmental concerns by developing a “bio-preferred product” made with soy-based backing and fungicides and algicides to protect waterways.

While it may not be identical to natural grass, synthetic grass is becoming increasingly popular in landscape design, especially in urban areas with limitations like rooftop gardens or low-light backyards. The practical benefits of low maintenance and water conservation, as well as the improved aesthetics of the product, are winning over many homeowners and designers alike.

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AD PRO Directory listee Hollander Design used synthetic grass for this putting green in NoHo, Manhattan. Charles Mayer

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