Turf wars: Gov. Jerry Brown advised to make fake grass mandatory in California to cure drought

by Jennifer Harper  |  published on May 3, 2015


It’s bristly, lush and there’s tangled thatch around the roots. And it’s fantastically faux. High-end synthetic grass looks like the real thing – even enough to please discerning Californians. So why not make it mandatory? The Synthetic Grass Warehouse – the nation’s largest distributor of the stuff – is calling upon California Gov. Jerry Brown to consider a fake grass law in the drought-stricken state, where residents use 6.4 billion gallons of water per day for lawn care. The Anaheim-based company suggests Mr. Brown propose a law where synthetic grass is a “both allowed and encouraged anywhere” – front yards, backyards, businesses, doggy runs.

“If everyone in California switched to synthetic grass, eliminating just the need to water our lawns, we would no longer be in a drought. We need to welcome this idea in today’s day and age as droughts are becoming more and more severe. Besides, there is absolutely no maintenance with synthetic grass and it has the same look and feel as real grass, so why wouldn’t you make the switch if you could?” reasons company co-founder Victor Lanfranco.

Indeed, this is not your grandfather’s astroturf. The fibrous tufts are richly textured and colored , available in a dozen varieties for home use alone. The grass part – non-absorbent and anti-bacterial – is groomed with a brush rather than a mower. “Imagine a California where water was no longer wasted on grass!” the company proclaims on a public poster.

  • Donald Mccormick

    There are a LOT of things that make this a VERY BAD IDEA.

    First it TAKES a LOT of water just to make ALL of the FAKE GRASS.

    And secondly even IF they even had ALL of the fake grass available right NOW, it would probably take decades to install it ALL, because it would take maybe BILLIONS of square yards of the fake grass to change ALL of the grass in a city like L.A. PLUS ALL of the parks.

    • KentS

      A lot of oil too. Brown is a pathetic fool.

  • Johnnyappleseed

    Looks like Jerry is at it again, someone loosen his foil hat…just a little
    How much would it cost to replace all the lawns in California and how much carbon would there be for its production, and how much water would it consume, and who’s relatives make the astro turf, and does it come in blue, red, and black?…Just too many questions

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