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What makes NewGrass an ideal xeriscaping addition?

Wednesday, June 10th, 2015

If you’re considering xeriscape landscaping for your home, business or school, NewGrass® gives you the option of including lush, green lawn as part of your eco-friendly, super-water-wise ground design.

“NewGrass® gives any xeriscape design an added dimension of rich texture, natural beauty and healthy green color all year and in any climate,” said company co-founder Gregory Goehner.

According to the informational web site, xeriscaping is essentially a “landscape design that has been carefully tailored to withstand drought conditions.”

Xeriscape landscaping can take many forms. For some, it’s simply grouping plants with similar watering requirements together on the landscape. For others, xeriscape landscaping means using only plants that are indigenous to the region, and relying only on natural rainfall or reclaimed water.

Whatever xeriscape means to you, and however much you want to reduce your household’s water consumption, a NewGrass® synthetic lawn can be a natural choice in a xeriscape design for a number of reasons:

  • NewGrass® is water and pesticide free, so it’s a perfect match for low-water-use, environmentally conscious landscaping.
  • NewGrass® offers even the most rigorous xeriscape design an area where your pets can play and roam – and where the kids can play, too!
  • NewGrass® fits into hard-to-access areas and in garden landscapes that have irregular borders or planting configurations.
  • NewGrass® naturally complements any form of shrub, plant, garden rocks or gravel.
  • Compared with natural turf grass, NewGrass® significantly reduces the number and kinds of pests and insects, aiding your entire xeriscape design.
  • NewGrass® is certified 100% eco-friendly, made in part from recycled products and is itself recyclable.

Autumn: The Perfect Time for Synthetic Grass Landscaping

Monday, September 30th, 2013

With the dog days of summer behind us, and winter out on the horizon, autumn’s the perfect time to install a new artificial lawn or replace existing sod turf with synthetic grass like NewGrassTM.

If you’re a homeowner, you’ll have the project finished and be enjoying a lush, green, natural-feeling lawn before the first snow falls — and you’ll continue to enjoy right through winter.

If you’re a landscaper or you install sod lawns, you can mitigate the traditional pre-winter business slump by offering your customers the option of a quality artificial grass.

Even if you don’t live in a cold climate, or if you don’t install sod grass in an area that suffers wintry weather, autumn’s still a great time to consider the benefits of synthetic lawn. Many parts of the country, for example, continue to offer rebates year-round for homeowners who replace turf grass with synthetic lawn. Several California water districts, including Los Angeles Department of Water and Power, still have rebates available.

But don’t delay until spring to take advantage of these programs (or, if you’re an installer, to use them as a promotional tool). Many water districts that offer rebates year-round offer them on a first come, first served basis. If you wait, you’ll not only be wasting water in the meantime, your water district’s use up its budget for the rebates before you apply.

The SoCal Water$mart program for 2013-14 — which includes Los Angeles — started July 1, and it’s necessary to apply for your rebate before you start your installation, if you want the rebate approved. The application requirement makes it even more important to consider starting your project now.

Below are the water districts that participate in the SoCal Water$mart program and authorize rebates to homeowners who replace turf grass with synthetic lawn. If your water district’s not on this list — no matter where you live in the United States — contact you water district about rebates they might offer.

Calleguas Municipal Water District / Oak Park Water Service
Rebate: 50 cents per square foot of turf grass removed
Maximum rebate amount: $1,000 per residence

Central Basin Municipal Water District
Rebate: 30 cents per square foot of turf grass removed
Maximum rebate amount: $600 per residence.

City of Fullerton
Rebate: 30 cents per square foot of turf grass removed

Los Angeles Department of Water and Power
Rebate amount: $2 per square foot of turf grass removed
Maximum rebate: $4,000 per residence

Upper San Gabriel Valley Municipal Water District/Golden State Water Company
(Arcadia, El Monte, Irwindale, Monrovia, Monterey Park (small portion), Rosemead, San Gabriel, and Temple City)
Rebate: $1 per square foot of turf grass removed
Maximum rebate: $2,000 per residence

Visit the SoCal Waster$mart Turf Removal Program FAQs page to learn more.

NewGrass Has Cost-saving Option for Nonprofits, Public Entities

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

The recession might be behind us, but budget cutbacks, revenue reductions, limited resources, and belt-tightening are still around — especially for non-profit organizations and public entities, including schools, city departments and government agencies. In the non-profit and public world, purchasing choices continue to be as strained as ever.

It’s the same story whether you’re a non-profit daycare center seeking to replace a hard-dirt play area with a safer artificial grass, like NewGrass®, or a homeowners association desiring to beautify hard-to-maintain medians with synthetic lawn, or a city that wants to make sure its kids have pleasing grassy areas year-round, regardless of weather or climate.

Purchasing cooperatives can help. They offer benefits that may be more valuable now than ever.

An example is National Purchasing Partners (NPP). NPP is a group-purchasing organization (GPO) whose members — all of which are public agencies or non-profits —leverage purchases of goods and services at their best pricing, terms and conditions. NPP negotiates with vendors on behalf of all of its members, getting pricing that is often lower than any single member would be able to obtain individually.

NPP offers its members these negotiated prices and assures. NPP also ensures the vendors and pricing meet the legal requirements for competitive bidding when they purchase through NPP, saving bidding organizations time and money in the RFP process.

NewGrass® is proud to be one of those vendors. We’ve had a contract with NPP for nearly two years, and we are still the only synthetic lawn company operating with the organization.

“NewGrass is a recognized leader in the supplying artificial turf to non-profit organizations and public agencies, and we’ve had nothing but a great relationship further that position through our contract with NPP,” said Gregory Goehner, president of NewGrass.
NewGrass was thoroughly reviewed by NPP to ensure it meets the organization’s mission to provide members the highest quality products and most cost-effective price agreements in each of the product categories it offer.

NewGrass has a demonstrated history of applications for schoolyards and public areas. It is in fact the artificial grass of choice for people and businesses that are concerned about water conservation and protecting the environment as well as having more green grass to enjoy year-round.

As a vendor with NPP, NewGrass can help municipalities, school districts and other public agencies improve their environments, and reduce the amount of water, pesticides and herbicides they use on landscaping, even as the economy continues to be tough,” Goehner said.

Contact NewGrass today to learn more about NPP and NewGrass pricing for NPP members. To become an NPP member, contact NPP at 800.810.3909 or email the organization

Just in Time for Summer, NewGrass to Offer Cooler Synthetic Grass

Monday, May 6th, 2013

With the heat of summer just around the corner, we’re sure to again hear one of the annual arguments against artificial grass: that it tends to get hotter than natural turf under hot sun.

While that’s true, as NewGrass® has reported before, it’s also true that synthetic grass blades cool down very rapidly when the lawn is covered, put under shade, or watered even a little. One study, Evaluation of the Environmental Effects of Synthetic Turf, in fact found that, “rapid cooling of the fibers was noted if the sunlight was interrupted or filtered by clouds. Significant cooling was also noted if water was applied to the synthetic fibers in quantities as low as one ounce per square foot.”

It’s also true that synthetic grasses installed with eco-friendly infill become less hot on average compared with artificial lawns installed with traditional crumb-rubber infill. The Penn State Center for Sports Surface Research reported those findings last year in its Synthetic Turf Heat Evaluation Progress Report.

To bring even greater comfort to homeowners and others considering artificial grass, NewGrass is unveiling a new variety made with a special blend of yarns that are guaranteed to be less hot under the summer sun.

“When combined with an eco-friendly infill rather than traditional crumb rubber, NewGrass Supreme with Cool Blades, our latest NewGrass® variety, will reduce surface heat by as much as 30 percent,” said NewGrass President Gregory Goehner.

NewGrass Supreme with Cool Blades will have blades woven with Coolgrass®, manufactured by the Bonar Yarns in Abu Dhabi.

“Coolgrass® has been a proven synthetic yarn manufacturer for years and has been in use in landscaping ranging from playgrounds to backyards,” Goehner said. “We’re thrilled to be a provider of this technology in the United States, Canada and Mexico to offer this unique combination of materials to provide a lawn that is durable, natural-feeling, safe, and less prone to summer heat.”

Just as with NewGrass®, Bonar’s landscape yarns:

  • Resemble the look and feel of natural grass
  • Don’t need watering, weeding, or fertilizing
  • Are skin-friendly and UV stable
  • Require extremely low maintenance to remove debris and keep the blades lifted

The advantages of NewGrass Supreme with Cool Blades are even greater when installed with the environmentally safe infills that NewGrass recommends. These include ZeoFill and Sole Revolution from Nike, and infill created from 100-percent Nike Grind Rubber (more environmentally friendly than traditional crumb rubber, which is made from used tires).

The debate over the safety of crumb rubber is being waged among environmental groups, concerned-parent organizations, the rubber industry and some members of the synthetic grass industry. But some cities – and NewGrass – argue that caution is the best path and advocate for the use of alternative infills.

“The combination of a summer-friendly yarn and a safe, cooler infill is a definite winning combination all the way around,” Goehner said.

Small Spaces

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

Ask someone to tell you what comes to mind when you say the word “lawn” and they’re likely to tell you how they rolled and played on the backyard grass as a kid, or how they laid on their backs on the sprawling front yard grass in the summer and looked up at the stars.

NewGrass® synthetic lawn is perfect for anyone who wants a lush yard to continue both of those traditions. But NewGrass®, the artificial grass of choice when being environmentally friendly is as important as having a water-conserving, green lawn all year, is also a wonderful complement to myriad small spaces and tighter areas that you might not normally think would be a place for a grassy respite.

NewGrass®, for example, has been used as part of international PARK(ing) Day, an annual worldwide event in which artists, designers and neighbors transform metered parking spots into temporary public parks.

“It’s incredibly gratifying to see the temporary use of NewGrass® in PARKING(ing) Day projects that create new forms of small, almost micro-size, public spaces in urban areas,” said Gregory Goehner, president of NewGrass®. “It also speaks volumes to how easy it is to install and apply NewGrass® in any setting — and equally easy to remove it if you need to.”

NewGrass® has long been the choice of businesses and homeowners who have sought a safe and clean grassy area in small spaces or in areas where natural turf is difficult to grow or maintain: dog runs, narrow side yards, under heavy shade trees, small play areas that get a lot of use.

But, as the PARK(ing) Day transformations show, NewGrass® also continues to gain traction for uses that may be less obvious, but are equally practical and life-enhancing.

NewGrass® continues to be a found underfoot in small spaces in New York City. NewGrass® provided a grassy micro-park during a get-together in Brooklyn for members of airBNB, the online community marketplace for travel accommodations. The event was hosted at Root [Brooklyn], a huge space near the Williamsburg Bridge designed for events and photo and video shoots.

“Again, NewGrass® was the choice for New Yorkers who wanted temporary green space in an urban setting,” Goehner said.

Previously, NewGrass® was the ground cover of Park Here, a 0.1-acre temporary indoor pop-up park in the Nolita neighborhood of Manhattan, north of Little Italy and Chinatown. It has also landscaped balcony terraces of the ultra-modern Trump Place. In Atlanta, the producers of the TV show Movie and a Makeover replicated a backyard patio complete with lawn on an Atlanta rooftop using NewGrass®.

NewGrass® is a great choice for a rooftop terrace, because even when it’s wet, after a rain or snowfall, a NewGrass® installation won’t overload a building with standard weight-being limitations,” Goehner said.

Five Resolutions for a More Eco-friendly Life in 2013

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013

New Year’s Day 2013 may already be a blur in the rear-view mirror. A handful of well-meaning resolutions may already have fallen by the wayside. Still, it’s not too late to decide to make a positive change this year. NewGrass® artificial grass is here to help.

Drought conditions are continuing nationwide and concerns about the use of pesticides and a desire for more organic living are growing. In response, NewGrass® synthetic lawn offers 5 resolutions for a more eco-friendly life in 2013.

If five resolutions sounds a little daunting, don’t worry. They can all be met simply be replacing turf grass with NewGrass®, the synthetic grass of chose when water conservation and environmental consciousness are as important as having a green lawn year-round.

1. Save Water
The EPA estimates that that anywhere from 30 to 60 percent of the average U.S. residential water bill goes to outdoor landscaping, using more than 7 billion gallons of water daily. Sadly, the agency further reports that “some experts estimate that up to 50 percent of commercial and residential irrigation water use goes to waste due to evaporation, wind, improper system design, or overwatering.”

A NewGrass® artificial lawn requires no watering other than an occasional hosing to keep it free of dust and debris. And even that use of water can be eliminated if you use a rake or leaf blower instead.

2. Reduce Use of Nasty Weed Killers and Pesticides
Public agencies, homeowner associations and local and state governments from coastal Maine to North Carolina to Alaska are increasingly restricting the use of lawn chemicals to protect drinking water supplies, streams and rivers.

Research published in the academic periodical Environmental Management concluded that “outdoor water conservation practices such as xeriscaping … may need to be extended as many municipalities continue to face increasing pressures on freshwater. In “American Green: The Obsessive Quest for the Perfect Lawn,” Ted Steinberg says America’s lawn-care obsession fuels a $40 billion industry, mostly for fertilizers and pesticides.

It’s a concern that environmentally safe NewGrass® artificial grass removes completely, because it requires no fertilizers and it nearly eliminates the need for pesticides.

“It’s common sense,” says Gregory Goehner, president of NewGrass. “If you’re concerned about protecting your groundwater, streams and lakes, you’ll at least reduce if not eliminate the use of many kinds of chemical pesticides and fertilizers. NewGrass gives you the opportunity to do that.”

3. Create an Urban Green Area
Rooftop patios and terraces as well as urban thumbprint parks have benefited from the use artificial grass. In New York City, NewGrass® has been relied on for applications as varied as a rooftop patio of swanky Trump Place and the ground cover of a 0.1-acre temporary indoor “pop-up park,” reported on by The New York Times. In Atlanta, the producers of the TV show Movie and a Makeover replicated a backyard patio complete with lawn on an Atlanta rooftop using NewGrass®.

“NewGrass® is a great choice for a rooftop terrace, because even when it’s wet, after a rain or snowfall, a NewGrass® installation won’t overload a building with standard weight-being limitations,” Goehner said.

4. Keep the Dog Run Clean … and Green
A quality synthetic lawn gives you a surface that feels so natural your favorite canine friends will love to play on. But they won’t be able to damage it, no matter how much they romp. And your artificial grass won’t yellow, no matter how often your pets need to answer Mother Nature’s call.

You’ll also save time because it will be easier to pick up after your dog. Those are just a few reasons NewGrass® has been installed in the tony Applewood Pet Resort and Boulder Falls Pet Resort in Scottsdale and Phoenix. One reason is that they eliminated the dead spots, holes from digging and mudpots they had with turf grass. In addition, the inorganic glass blades of NewGrass eliminate bacteria and diseases and stifle fleas, ticks and other pests.

5. Reduce Outdoor Play Injuries … As Well as Dirt and Allergens
Turf grass and its weeds can aggravate allergies, in addition to their need for fertilizers, pesticides, watering and maintenance. Sand and wood chips create cushioned surfaces, but both are messy, scatter easily and routinely need to be replenished. Perhaps least appealing of all, sand and wood chips can attract cats, who consider these coverings to be one big litter box.

A quality artificial grass is the optimal choice for ground covering for your children’s play set. NewGrass® lawns, for example, are lead-safe, hypo-allergenic, don’t stain clothes, prevent dirt and mud from being tracked inside, and eliminate the kind of injuries that a fall on gravel, sand or dirt can cause.

“As a ground cover for play areas,” Goehner said, “NewGrass® is superior to traditional natural products, including grass, sand and wood chips.” In fact, NewGrass® was chosen by the NFL and Gatorade as the playing field for their NFL Junior Training Camp in the shadow of the new Cowboys Stadium the day before Super Bowl XLV in Arlington, Texas.

The Home Depot: A Big New Canadian Home for NewGrass

Monday, August 13th, 2012

The Home Depot Canada, operating in every Canadian province and with more than 28,000 associates in 178 stores, is the newest commercial partner of NewGrass®, the artificial grass that has landscaped backyards, playgrounds and commercial properties from coast to coast.

Part of the world’s largest home-improvement retailer, The Home Depot Canada is offering two specially designed NewGrass® products through its online store, said Gregory Goehner, president of NewGrass®. The Home Depot Canada has been catering to do-it-yourselfers, as well as home improvement, construction and building maintenance professionals since 1994 and today has the highest share of the home improvement market in Canada.

“We’re very excited to be introduced to the Canadian market through a retail partner with the reputation and reach of The Home Depot,” Goehner said. “The Home Depot is synonymous with high-quality, user-friendly products and support for the home-improvement user as well as professionals. That exactly describes NewGrass®.”

The Home Depot Canada stores include design centers staffed by professionals who offer free in-store consultations for the entire range of home-improvement projects, including advice and support with installing artificial lawns for any application.

In the United States, NewGrass® has become the synthetic grass of choice for homeowners and landscapers for whom having an eco-safe and environmentally friendly groundcover is as important as having more green space to enjoy year-round.

Goehner pointed out that Canadian buyers shouldn’t assume that because NewGrass® is an American product, it can’t stand up to the extremes of Canadian weather, including winters that can be long, cold and wet.

NewGrass® has been very successful in the Rocky Mountain state of Colorado, where, as in other climates, it has given homeowners year-round use of their backyards and playgrounds, and provided green lawn where natural turf grass simply couldn’t grow.

Proving its versatility, as a synthetic turf, NewGrass® also has the benefit of being able to be installed permanently or temporarily. In the ski town of Vail, Colo., for example, NewGrass® was used to convert an area that is an ice skating rink in the winter into a grassy outdoor recreation site in the summer.

“What a great idea for homeowners and commercial property owners alike in Canada,” Goehner said.

The Home Depot Canada and NewGrass® both also strongly support giving back to the communities they serve. The Home Depot Canada is involved with several ongoing community and environmental programs that allow associates to contribute to the communities where they work and live. The Home Depot Canada is a partner with Habitat for Humanity, Evergreen, KaBOOM!, the Clean Air Foundation and Volunteer Canada. NewGrass® has offered installation services and discounted products to non-profit organizations and schools.

In War on Childhood Obesity, NewGrass Is One Powerful Weapon

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

It’s not news that childhood obesity is an increasing concern in America or that one undeniable part of a comprehensive strategy against child obesity is to get our kids outside and moving more than they do today
Let’s Move!, the comprehensive government initiative launched by First Lady Michelle Obama, says children need 60 minutes of play with moderate to vigorous activity every day to grow up to a healthy weight. On the other hand, children between eight 18 years old spend an average of 7.5 hours a day on entertainment like the TV, computers, video games, cell phones and movies.
In response, communities nationwide are searching for ways to build new play areas that are not only safe and inviting, but are also environmentally friendly, water-wise and easy to maintain. There’s even a non-profit organization solely dedicated to “saving play for America’s children.” Since its founding in 1996, KaBOOM! has mapped over 85,000 places to play in the United States, built more than 2,000 playgrounds and successfully advocated for play policies in hundreds of cities.
Synthetic lawns like NewGrass® have proved to be one solution for community organizations, schools, cities and families searching for a way to provide play areas for children that are:

  • Safe for kids of all ages (especially when installed with a cushioned underlining)
  • Free of the dirt, mud and rocks associated with traditional gravel playgrounds
  • Allergen- and weed-free
  • Maintained without pesticides or insecticides
  • Green and available for activity any time of the year
  • Water-wise, requiring no watering the way turf grass does
  • Easy to maintain, with just an occasional cleaning off with a rake, leaf blower or “washing” with the garden hose

Combined with their durability and being “live” year-round, artificial grasses are becoming popular alternatives for many schoolyards, playgrounds and backyards. This is especially true where natural grass simply can’t grow or has been worn down to the dirt through repeated use.
“The year-round use of NewGrass combined with its safety and eco-friendly features are key reasons it has been installed by schools, day care centers and similar facilities nationwide, giving more children access to place where they can get outside and get physically active,” said Greg Goehner, NewGrass president.
One of the biggest challenges to getting children moving is providing safe play areas. More than 500,000 children a year are injured on playground equipment, according to the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons. About 150,000 of these injuries are considered serious, with an average of 15 children dying each year in playground accidents.
“Another important statistic,” Goehner said, “is that three-fourths of playground injuries are attributed to falls. So choosing an appropriate surface is the most important playground decision that school officials will make. We believe the same is true when it comes to considering a surface for a play area at home.”
In fact, about one-fourth of all serious playground injuries occur in the backyard, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Artificial lawns usually have a backing of rubber latex or similar material. NewGrass® has a primary backing layer of urethane and a secondary backing of polypropylene. It also offers BioCel™ with recycled PET plastic incorporated into the backing systems. PET plastic is recycled from soft drink, water and juice bottles, identified by the #1 code on or near the bottom of the container.
Another playground culprit is the dust and dirt that a typical schoolyard can create, especially if its natural grass has been worn down. A schoolyard with natural turf can also spawn allergens. Allergies have no cure. An obvious option is synthetic grass.
NewGrass®, for example, has fibers that are broadloom-tufted from high-quality polyethylene, which is not considered an allergen.
The Dobson Academy, in Chandler, Ariz., chose NewGrass® for several of its common and recreation areas for all of these reasons, officials said. They felt that the synthetic grass option was simply more practical, particularly in the dry desert climate and topography that was very unfriendly to natural grass.
The Arizona State University Children’s Campus Center, in Tempe, had NewGrass® installed for similar reasons: the safety and health of the children they care for every day.
NewGrass® is also the waterless grass of choice of many designers and installers of backyard play areas. Key reasons are that it is lead-safe, provides safety under play sets, and is superior to traditional natural products – include grass, sand and wood chips – as as a ground cover under playground equipment.

NewGrass Helps New Yorkers Just Say No to Winter

Monday, December 19th, 2011

NewGrass® synthetic grass has again expanded its public footprint in New York City, this time as the ground cover of Park Here, a 0.1-acre temporary indoor pop-up park in the Nolita neighborhood north of Little Italy and Chinatown.

Created by Openhouse Gallery, the park opened on Dec. 5 with RS Fest, the ultimate music festival by Rolling Stone, and will stay open until Feb. 15. The indoor respite from the harsh winter weather is decorated as Central Park in the spring: blossoming foliage, lifelike murals and — of course — a plush lawn, thanks to NewGrass artificial grass.

Don’t take our word for what a great space this is. Read New York Times journalist Ariel Kaminer wrote it.

“It shouldn’t fool anyone,” Kaminer wrote. “And yet it does: office workers looking for a break, couples looking for each other’s arms, the daily yoga class in the corner and, of course, the inevitable stroller brigade, all just relaxing and playing and letting down their guard in a way they would never do if the fake foliage was not there.”

NewGrass is the fake grass of choice when being environmentally friendly as important as providing a safe groundcover for pets, children and wildlife.

“Which explains why NewGrass is increasingly finding a home in parks, schools, backyards and playgrounds,” NewGrass President Greg Goehner said. “And we’re especially proud to continue to help the people of New York City enjoy a safe, green lawn year-round.”

NewGrass is also proud to be in the company of other great contributors to Park Here, including Fatboy USA, Magic Murals, American Foliage and Santa Maria Novella.

“It was a true collaboration with a great result,” Goehner said.

Park Here is in fact only the most recent public use of NewGrass in the Big Apple. This summer, NewGrass artificial grass was used in the “larger than life” promotion for The Smurfs Movie in Columbus Circle.

Last fall, NewGrass eco-friendly fake lawn was selected to landscape a rooftop patio of Trump Place, one of the city’s swankiest high rises. It was also found on the runways during Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week. Earlier in the year, NewGrass® synthetic lawn was on public display in the middle of Times Square, in conjunction with a citywide public art project in which it was used to provide a natural-looking ground cover in a symbolic and temporary “town common.”

Previously, NewGrass appeared in the window display of the Ralph Lauren flagship store on tony Madison Avenue.

As synthetic turf, NewGrass can be installed permanently or temporarily. In the ski town of Vail, Colo., NewGrass was used to convert an area that is an ice skating rink in the winter into a grassy outdoor recreation site in the summer.

An Eco-Friendly Lawn Does More then Save Water

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Winter is just around the corner, and that’s a reminder that spring landscaping plans aren’t far behind. As you consider what to do differently next year, think about creating a truly healthy lawn – a lawn that’s environmentally friendly as well as healthy for pets, children and wildlife.

You may think your lawn is not important in the big scheme of protecting the environment or being eco-friendly. But consider this: When added up, all of the lawns across the United States would cover the state of Ohio.

Needless to say, that much natural turf grass requires a lot of water, pesticides and fertilizers.

“How we manage our lawns affects the health of our children, pets, wildlife and water quality,” according to Lynn Markham, a land use specialist with the Center for Land Use Education at the University of Wisconsin.

Markham suggests three steps for creating a lawn that’s healthy of the environment and for your pets and family. NewGrass® couldn’t agree more.

Avoid using pesticides. Pesticides are potentially harmful to children, pets and wildlife. Also, they can be tracked into the house or leach into the groundwater. NewGrass® requires no pesticides if it has been properly installed and the base material properly prepared.

If you must fertilize, avoid phosphorus. Phosphorous accelerates algae growth in lakes and rivers, and lawn fertilizer is a major source of phosphorous in our waters. Markham writes that fertilizing the lawn of a typical half-acre lot could add more than 50 pounds of phosphorous to that yard each year. Eco-friendly NewGrass® of course requires no fertilizer at all. In addition, it is lead-safe, and 100% recyclable with polyethylene blades and a bio-based backing.

Get small. Reduce your turf grass footprint. Plant more trees, shrubs, wildflowers and tall grasses, and consider installing synthetic lawn particularly in areas that are hard to maintain or require unusually high amounts of water, pesticides or fertilizer.

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