December 22, 2021

Learn why turf makes sense in areas that have a limited water supply.

Considering a water-wise grass alternative? You’ve found it! Artificial turf gives you drought-tolerant grass that looks great year round. So, let us think about everything that goes into maintaining an organic lawn.


It can be argued that one of the neediest plants is grass. Grass is rather sensitive and requires a tremendous amount of upkeep, especially if you live where drought is common.

Significant Water Use

The EPA estimates that about a third of all public water is used to water grass. Wow! Watering a lawn in the east, won’t be as vital as in the west to keep it alive. That is because the climate is so different. For example, humidity levels tend to be higher in the east and slow down water evaporating. Meanwhile, the west receives a lot less rainfall resulting in lower relative humidity, leading to crispier lawns.

Toxic Chemicals

Many lawn owners also use ferfilizers, pesticides, and herbicides to keep weeds and bugs from ruining their lawn. But these toxins come with heavy consequences. They are not only expensive, they also are harmful to people, pets, and the environment. The toxins can leech into waterways and in our foo through rainwater runoff. All of these poisons wash off lawns into storm sewers which flow into streams, creeks, rivers, and water basins.

Save Time

No matter which approach you take to keeping your lawn looking good, it takes away the most precious resource you have — time. The typical American spends about 70 hours per year on lawn and garden care, according to the American Time Use Survey.


Welcome water-efficient landscaping and sustainable lawns by using artificial grass. Here are some reasons you should install drought-resilient artificial turf.

Water Conservation

Drought-resistant and water-wise grass landscaping helps save an huge amount of water. It’s particularly true for limited water areas where the water ismetered. The EPA states the average American family uses 320 gallons of water a day, and about 30% devoted to outdoor uses. Across the country, landscape irrigation is estimated to account for nearly 1/3 of all residential water use which totals nearly 9 billion gallons each day. With water scarcity becoming more and more prevalent, it is crucial that we conserve everywhere possible.

Reduce Pollution

With artificial grass, you will be able to emphasize an eco-friendly landscape design with no application of weed-killing chemicals, fertilizers, and toxic products to address pests. This prevents water pollution and you will save money long-term. Even better, you will lower your carbon emissions by no longer needing to operate gas-powered lawnmowers or trimmers.

Less Work

Less work, more play. That’s our motto! With artificial grass, you will have so much time back that you no longer spend maintaining your lawn. For most artificial grass applications, a leaf blower and water hose is enough to clean the surface . If you choose the HydroChill option, you will sometimes have to add water to your lawn, but hardly the amount you would have to for keeping natural grass green.


Are you ready to enjoy a drought-proof lawn? Southwest Greens of Illinois has a solution for you. All of our projects are custom designed, and installed by professionals, so you won’t ever need to do any of the heavy lifting. Visit our gallery of synthetic lawns for inspiration and contact Southwest Greens of Illinois today to get started.