VALLEY DROUGHT 2014: How To Keep Your Lawn Green
FRESNO, Calif. (KMPH) —
Valley Drought 2014 has a lot of us thinking about how we can save water at our homes. In addition to cutting back on how much water we use, now people are getting rid of traditional lawns all together.
Wendy Kulterman decided to get rid of her Bermuda grass lawn two years ago. She says she wanted to be pro-active and help save water.
"We didn't like our lawn looking like the worst on the block. We had a high bred Bermuda lawn and it was just suffering, so we got tired of it," says Wendy Kulterman.
The Kulterman's decided to put plants that need very little water in their front yard and water conserving sprinklers.
"We haven't been disappointed, we're really happy we made this choice," adds Kulterman.
Another option is synthetic grass and it's a popular choice.
"We haven't slowed down since last year. It's been incredibly busy," says Kyle Zimmerman who owns a company that installs synthetic grass.
Zimmerman says along with synthetic grass people can also put in rocks or plants that need very little water and can really save on their water bill.
"The average person saves about $1200 a year, if not more on savings," adds Zimmerman.
Kulterman says she loves her lawn and hopes lawns like hers will become a growing trend.
"We would still have a desert out here if we decided to maintain out Bermuda lawn," says Kulterman, "It would not have been a good thing."
The average cost for replacing a traditional grass lawn with drought resistant plants is around $1800. To put in a synthetic lawn the average cost is between $2500 and $5000.