Raining Cats And Blogs: To Mow, Or Not To Mow... That Is The Question

To Mow, Or Not To Mow... That Is The Question

I read a lot of blogs and news stories. One recently I scanned was talking about lawns. When I think of a lawn, it is usually beautiful green grass.. I love going barefoot on freshly mowed grass! Something about that smell reminds me of when I was a little girl. To me it is a fresh smell that reminds me of watermelons.. ( I know that sounds crazy to some, but next time you cut your grass, see if you can't smell a hint of watermelon ). 

Some people apparently think of their lawn in a totally different way. They see all the work and mowing it takes. Therefore, some homeowners today are replacing their lawns with luxury AstroTurf.. in the end, it probably costs less than real grass since there is no mowing, no trimming and no weeding. There are also no issues with too much or too little sun or cold. Sounds like a great idea for someone with a really small yard that doesn't want to mow or maybe can't for health reasons. 

For me, I will stick with my real grass. I really don't mind the upkeep. How about you? Do you want to mow, or not mow? 

 

 

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Wow Sheila, something I have not thought about in a long time, and it may be a long time yet before we see grass around here.

Posted by Bob Crane, Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671 (Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities) about 4 years ago

I have been seeing this in areas where the drought and conditions make it hard to grow grass correctly. I last saw this in San Diego down by the beach, i sure looks real!

Posted by Tom Arstingstall, General Contractor, Dry Rot, Water Damage Sacramento, El Dorado County - (916) 765-5366, General Contractor, Dry Rot and Water Damage (Dry Rot and Water Damage www.tromlerconstruction.com Mobile - 916-765-5366) about 4 years ago

Fake grass?  OMG never here.  And, talk about lowering one's property value.

Posted by Debbie Gartner, The Flooring Girl & Blog Stylist -Dynamo Marketers (The Flooring Girl) about 4 years ago

Just closing on a property that has artificial turf.  I have to say it looks real.  The buyer is not sold on it and will probably rip it out. I was going through the instructional manuals and books that the seller left and I saw one for the grass. Apparrently you are suppose to sweep the product with a broom to keep the look of it! That would be more trouble than mowing I would think!

Thanks for a thoughtful post.

Posted by Michael Layton, Michael Layton 7604085300 (Big Block Realty) about 4 years ago

Bob- at least it is green year round.. I'm so tired of the brown grass right now!! I want SUMMER!!!

Tom - we are going to San Diego next month.. I'll have to keep an eye open for it.

Debbie - I wonder if the appraisers here would even notice.. LOL not something they look for..

Michael - I have never seen one but would love to. it is an interesting idea. But I agree, it seems it could be a lot of trouble with just a different kind of work!

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) about 4 years ago

I like my real grass and don't mind the upkeep. Even the most expensive astrotruf just doesn't look right to me. Granted right now the grass here in Ohio looks a bit sad and brown, hopefully only a few more weeks!

Posted by Stefan Winter, Owner - Winter Group & Real Estate Web Tech (Real Estate in IL & NV | Owner of Real Estate Web Tech | Daily Vlogger) about 4 years ago

I'll stick with the real grass too and I would rather use rocks before I would ever use AstroTurf.

Posted by Come Home ATX, Realtors (Come Home ATX) about 4 years ago

Yes, this sounds crazy to me.  Also, not sure how it works if you have dogs.

Posted by Hillary Sheperd, Co-Owner ~ Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon, NY (Servpro of Scarsdale / Mount Vernon) about 4 years ago

No Plastic AstroTurf for me, thanks. Give me "The Green, Green Grass of Home".

Posted by Fred Griffin, Licensed Florida Real Estate Broker (Fred Griffin Real Estate) about 4 years ago

Stefan – I can't wait for the greens of spring and summer!!   

Mark – I love rocks.. I use them a lot in my yard

Hillary – if you have dogs, you have to spray it with the hose… and it has to be often.. don’t think it works that well with dogs! And I bet the dogs don’t like it as much either.

 

Fred – I could see using it in SOME circumstances, but I love my real grass

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) about 4 years ago

Fake lawns?  WOW just the principal of having a real live lush lawn is appealing to most people. Fake lawn?  I suppose I've seen worse.

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) about 4 years ago

Carla - isn't it strange.. when we used to go camping in a camper, we used astroturf outside the camper.. that is the only fake grass i ever used.

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) about 4 years ago

Hey Sheila -- that makes sense, because it's like a door mat so you don't track in the outdoors.  I can see that.  But the entire front lawn . . . yuck. 

Posted by Carla Muss-Jacobs, RETIRED (RETIRED / State License is Inactive) about 4 years ago

I agree about the whole yard... maybe when I'm 90 I will like that though :)

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) about 4 years ago

In our neck of the woods I think that dirt would collect and weeds would still grow on fake turf? I hate the upkeep of a lawn. Send me to a more laid back area of town or the country. The want to keep a perfect lawn has escapted me!

Posted by Christi Hacker, Your Omaha Area Real Estate Specialist (Keller Williams Greater Omaha) about 4 years ago
It is my experience that mowing should be done so expertly that the quality and effort can't be denied. Love and light, Laura
Posted by Laura Cerrano, Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher (Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island) about 4 years ago

Wow, with California in a drought, and water probably being limited, I'm sure we'll see more folks going this route.

Posted by Karen Crowson, Your Agent for Change (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 4 years ago

Thank you for the post. I am sure most people prefer the real grass.

Posted by Gita Bantwal, REALTOR,ABR,CRS,SRES,GRI - Bucks County & Philadel (RE/MAX Centre Realtors) about 4 years ago

I have a home on a wooded lot. The sellers removed all grassy areas and added 1000s of plantings many years ago. They preferred the natural look and the need to NOT own a lawn mower.

Posted by Margaret Rome, Baltimore Maryland, Sell Your Home With Margaret Rome ( HomeRome Realty 410-530-2400) about 4 years ago

That phony grass is expensive. Instead of going through all that, go dessert landscape

Posted by Richie Alan Naggar, agent & author (people first...then business Ran Right Realty ) about 4 years ago

Sheila, I guess it beats a dirt lawn. I'll take real grass any time.

Posted by Michael Setunsky, Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA about 4 years ago

I can't remember the last time I saw Astroturf on a yard instead of grass. I have seen a few where it is more of a desertscape with rock and cacti, and that may catch on as Global Warming takes over and water becomes more scarce with a need for conservation.

Posted by Joe Pryor, REALTOR® - Oklahoma Investment Properties (The Virtual Real Estate Team) about 4 years ago

Right now, I am happy just to see grass! It's been a long cold winter here in Massachusetts.

Posted by Jim Sinnott, Realtor, GRI Licensed in MA and RI (Bedard Realty) about 4 years ago

Christi – Perfect lawn is not for me, but I do love real grass. . even with the mowing!  

Laura – Think I’m more of the laid back type.

Karen – for CA, could be a great thing… yards are usually small too so I would think it would be affordable.

Gita -  I think the stats prove real is preferred, but there are some this would work great for

Margaret – I like that way of not mowing much better J

Richie – I agree

Michael – I’m not fond of just dirt either.. so may would opt for it over that, but if real is an option, that is my choice.

Joe -  There is a place for it, but I hope it doesn’t come to having to have it.

 

Jim – agreed!! I am so ready for warm weather and green grass.

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) about 4 years ago

We don't have many lawns near me with fake grass - in fact, I don't know of any.   We have a combination of dirt and moss and grass.  Our yard needs a bit more TLC.

Posted by Kat Palmiotti, The House Kat (Grand Lux Realty, 914-419-0270, kat@thehousekat.com) about 4 years ago

I'll do the mowing--fortunately we haven't seen the astroturf option pop up in our market.

Posted by Nina Hollander, Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor (RE/MAX Executive | Charlotte, NC) about 4 years ago

Primed my sprinkler pump today. Spring may show up sometime. Think I will stick with the real deal.

Posted by Bill Reddington, Destin Florida Real Estate (Re/max Southern Realty) about 4 years ago

Kat... I like rock and natural items.. and grass of course. :)

Nina - I haven't seen it hear either.. We plan on moving in a few years to CA, I expect we may see it there.

Bill - Real is good.. 

Posted by Sheila Newton Team Anderson & Greenville SC, Selling the Upstate since 1989 (Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - C. Dan Joyner) about 4 years ago

I want to mow - only because I cannot wait to see the green grass again. MD has has a crazy amount of snow this winter!!

Posted by Linda Greco Rich, ABR, SRES, Harford County Specialist (Exit Preferred Realty) about 4 years ago

I've seen those lawns in Home Depot, and Lowe's. They're also pretty expensive to install. By the way... I think I'm ready for one.

Posted by Richard Iarossi, Crofton MD Real Estate, Annapolis MD Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) about 4 years ago

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