There are pros and cons with any product, and artificial turf is no different. Synthetic grass is a plastic product that acts as a ground covering in place of living grass, and is generally chosen by individuals looking for a way to finish off a yard in a clean manner that does not need large amounts of care. The typical choices of ground coverings are grass, pavers, crushed rock and cement, with a few other variations that you may find in limited use in some areas. For those seeking a ground covering that offers a soft and cushioned feel, there are few other choices other than real grass or artificial grass. So without discussing the other options at hand, lets look into the pros and cons of artificial turf in an area like Las Vegas.
In Las Vegas, it is probably easier to discuss the cons of real grass than artificial grass, because there are so many more of them. Simply put, real grass is not natural to this environment and is going to be nearly impossible to keep healthy looking. At best, you will end up with grass that is alive but is brown or yellow, simply because the desert sun will be powerful enough to burn the grass even if enough water is supplied to keep it alive. The grass will struggle no matter how much care you give it, and how much water. This is an issue however, because Las Vegas is in the throws of a multi-year drought that forces the restricting of water use for ornamental landscaping. This translates to the fact that you are not allowed to legally provide enough water to keep your grass healthy, and will be forced by the county to watch your grass dry up and die. There are programs in place that will reimburse you for the installation of a more viable alternative, but these are simply designed to take the sting away from your losses. Ultimately, grass is a very bad idea in Las Vegas, and the city encourages you to rethink that idea.
The cons of artificial grass in Las Vegas are namely that the surface will get slightly hotter than real grass, and can be difficult to walk on during the summertime. This is generally not an issue because once the temperatures go that high, people tend to spend less time outdoors here. However, there are those who will want to spend time in their yard, and if they do they will probably have to provide a light misting of water via a hose to the grass before stepping onto it, in order to cool it down. Aside from this, there are not many other cons to the installation. It will not require mowing or care, and it will not need constant watering in order to survive. You will be able to enjoy it while your neighbors are struggling to keep theirs alive, and you can even get rebates on the installation if you follow the correct steps.