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Fake Grass? - With the drought comes awareness, and many people are trying to reduce water usage. Removing the lawn is a great way to start. Lawns take daily water to stay green, but replace those thirsty lawns with native plants and other drought tolerant ground covers, and you’ve got something. Some choose artificial turf, and while it’s a water thrifty solution, it loses points in other ways. Here’s our take on fake grass here at Gardenerd: 1) Artificial turf kills soil microbiology. Top soil and all those beneficial microbes are removed in order to fill the area with a substrate before laying artificial turf. Which leads to #2) harmful bacteria and fungi build up on artificial turf. Unless you want to Lysol your fake lawn (which we’re not recommending, BTW) there will be potential hazards. Also, studies have shown that playgrounds & athletic fields using fake grass shed a black crumb rubber substance that gets in the lungs. 3) Artificial turf doesn’t capture carbon. Grasslands do, and healthy soil does, but fake grass serves as a heat sink instead. We already have asphalt surfaces doing that job. And speaking of asphalt…#4) it’s a petroleum product – so it’s not sustainable. With this information, now you can make an informed decision about replacing thirsty lawns with sustainable alternatives. Find more information about those alternatives, check out this handy guide.