Because of the extensive ongoing drought conditions throughout the Southwest, Nevada has passed a new law that bans “non-functional grass.” However, green lawn lovers need not fear: you can still obtain the look and feel of lush turf with an artificial grass installation. But what about desert landscaping?
If you’re having trouble making up your mind as to which approach is best for you, read on to learn more about the pros and cons of each style, courtesy of Green America Tree & Landscaping.
The Pros Of Modern Artificial Grass
Today’s fake turf is so much more realistic than the varieties manufactured in the 1960s and 1970s. Old school artificial grass was not very realistic-looking and tended to trap heat in. Today’s turf is breathable, allowing heat to dissipate rather than trapping it in, and is available in a wide variety of lengths and hues of green.
- Lush, Green Appearance
- Child & Pet Friendly
- Virtually Maintenance-Free
- No Need to Water
- Durable — Can Last 20 Years
Cons Of Fake Grass
Although it is a beautiful product, there are some drawbacks. Deep green grass is not native to Nevada, so everyone will know that your lawn is not natural. The best quality turf is not cheap, so if you have a large area to fill, you may be in for a hefty up-front cost.
Fake grasses are petroleum-based, and although modern varieties absorb less heat than older versions, they will still soak up some heat. Some types may also be prone to off-gas or allow chemical run-off after a period of rain.
The Benefits Of Desert Landscaping
Also known as xeriscape, desert landscaping is highly suited for Las Vegas and Henderson’s arid climate. Properly designed xeriscapes make use of drought-tolerant, slow-growing plants interspersed with rocks, pavers, and other hardscape features. Desert landscaping requires less irrigation or maintenance than traditional lawns and gardens.
An extensive range of colorful desert-adapted plants can allow a much more vibrant design than you might expect.
- Natural Desert Appearance
- Cheaper Than Traditional Landscaping
Drawbacks Of Xeriscape
Some people feel that desert landscaping is less “homey” than a yard with a lawn. It has a more sparse aesthetic and is not as kid and pet friendly as landscaping with turf. It tends to be more minimalist than traditional landscaping, so if you are really into gardening and mowing, a full xeriscape may not suit you.
The Best Of Both Worlds
When deciding on a landscaping style in Las Vegas, there’s only one real rule of thumb: natural grass is no longer an option. But you don’t have to choose between turf and desert landscaping — why not incorporate both into a single, unified design?
Add one or more outdoor focal points with areas of green turf, interspersed with the pavers, decorative rocks, and drought-tolerant plants common in desert landscapes.
Las Vegas Landscaping Services
Green America Tree & Landscaping is a local desert landscaping and artificial grass installation expert. Whether you want to go with a full xeriscape, create a lawn of beautiful fake grass, or combine both into a beautiful outdoor setting that will leave you the envy of your neighbors, we can help. Call today to schedule a consultation with one of our Las Vegas landscape designers.