Archive for February, 2014

Steps to Water Conservation Are Right Under Your Feet

Monday, February 17th, 2014

When President Barack Obama pledged on Valentine’s Day to speed federal assistance to California to help it recover from a crippling drought, he was talking about aid for the state’s farmers and livestock producers. Barely a month earlier, Gov. Jerry Brown urged all Californians to reduce water consumption by 20 percent.

Whether you’re a farmer in California’s Central Valley or a commuter in Los Angeles, San Diego or any other community served by the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California — in fact, regardless of where you live anywhere in the United States — NewGrass® and similar, high-quality synthetic lawns offer a simple approach to water conservation.

The E.P.A. estimates the average U.S. household devotes a third of its water consumption to outdoor watering. NewGrass® artificial grass requires no watering. And because NewGrass® synthetic lawn eliminates the need for lawn pesticides and fertilizers, it also helps protects ground water and storm drainage systems.

Even if you’re a homeowner considering xeriscape landscaping, NewGrass® gives you the option of including lush, green lawn as part of your eco-friendly, super-water-wise ground design.

“NewGrass® gives any traditional or xeriscape design another dimension of texture, beauty and healthy green color all year round, and in any climate,” said company president Gregory Goehner.

California is not alone in facing persistent drought conditions — which means Californians are not alone in being able to benefit from water-wise, eco-friendly landscaping alternatives like NewGrass®.

According to the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center, drought is expected to worsen or be at least persistent into the spring across the Pacific Northwest, interior West and Southwest, northwest Iowa, southern Minnesota and Wisconsin.

“The ongoing drought conditions in California and elsewhere in the country only reinforce the need for families and commercial property owners to reconsider the best use of the precious commodity that water is,” Goehner said.

“The drought also makes people think harder about the money they spend on traditional turf landscaping that needs to be constantly watered in season, as well as reseeded, fertilized and weeded — and isn’t even usable during times of harsh or wet weather.”

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