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Wednesday, May 14 2014 05:00 PM

Golden Hills replaces sod with artificial turf

Many agencies are calling for water conservation as our state deals with the current drought situation. Golden Hills Community Services District (GHCSD) is leading water conservation efforts by example in their installation of water saving artificial turf at their office on Reeves Street.

"We're partners with our community in water conservation," said GHCSD General Manager Bill Fisher. "This is one of the ways we are doing our part to contribute to the community-wide effort to conserve water."

On April 28 and 29 about 900 square feet of sod was removed at the GHCSD office and taken to a green waste recycling facility by Southwest Greens of Bakersfield. New, permanent artificial turf was then installed around the GHCSD office.

"Artificial turf has really changed in the last ten years," explained Mark Swaim, owner of Southwest Greens of Bakersfield. "The quality is better, resulting in a more natural look and greater durability."

The new turf at the GHCSD office comes with a 10 year warranty, though Swaim reports that he has some installs that are 18 years old that still look great.

"We're thrilled with the way it looks," said Fisher. "If you are considering artificial turf for your home, feel free to come down to our office and check out our new lawn to see if its right for you."

Aside from being much easier to maintain, requiring no mowing, edging or irrigation, artificial turf also saves money by reducing water costs. Swaim estimates that most customers will pay off the cost of artificial turf installation through money saved in two and a half to three and a half years.

For Golden Hills residents who prefer the look and feel of real grass, GHCSD recommends checking your irrigation equipment for leaks each year, watering around dawn and/or dusk and regularly checking for overspray and overwatering to keep your lawn green while keeping your water use down.

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