As more people are choosing artificial turf to reduce water use it is SUPER IMPORTANT that you make sure yours is LEAD-FREE. 

Also, I personally only recommend artificial turf when other landscaping solutions won’t work. It’s always my LAST CHOICE for a few reasons:

1) it gets quite warm and does not aid in air cooling through evapotranspiration like living plants do.  I’m concerned about the global warming implications of this. 

2) I’m concerned about how it will create micro particles of plastic as it degrades over time. 

Low-water use plants (there are SO many options), mulch, decorative pebbles, decomposed granite and silica-free sand are always items I consider before synthetic grass. 

Concerns about lead and synthetic turf: http://www.cdc.gov/nceh/lead/tips/artificialturf.htm

How to test if your grass has lead: http://www.ceh.org/lead-in-artificial-turf/

3 thoughts on “Make Sure Artificial Turf is LEAD-free

  1. Thanks for this helpful information I agree with all points you have given to us. I

    will follow all of them. I was really searching that kind of post.

    1. Thanks! After much debate in our household we turned a small patch of turf that we had been considering synthetic turf for, into a silica-free sand pit with wood mulch and planting a surrounding it. It looks beautiful and is way more fun and tactile than the synthetic turf. I’m very concerned about the end-of-life-issues of synthetic turf and feel it should be used as the last resort. Let me know what you decide to do!

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