On Greener Turf

With new laws limiting water consumption in many places, it shouldn't be a surprise that drought-tolerant and native landscaping is continuing to flourish, replacing expansive and expensive lawns. But what might come as a shock is that when a garden does call for grass, some designers are embracing a revised version of artificial turf.
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Far from the crunchy plastic texture of the original Astroturf which was patented in 1965 and developed as an alternative to real grass in professional sports fields, new synthetic grasses are lush, soft and not always easy to spot. Of course they come with a stigma, which designers like Judy Kameon are trying to shake.

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