Adding synthetic turf cuts yardwork in San Diego home

Adding synthetic turf cuts yardwork in San Diego home

When Angie’s List member David Amidon of Santee, Calif., became a homeowner for the first time, he’d never before lived in a home where he’d had to tend a yard. Thus, his new yard-keeping duties were a brand-new experience for him and his family.

“In the beginning, we tried to keep up with it, but we failed to do so," he says. "After a while, we just stopped watering and let the grass die. Then came the weeds!”

Amidon needed a solution.

“We realized that it would make the most sense to look into the cost of synthetic turf, so it always looks good and has the least maintenance, including not having to water it,” he says.

Amidon and his family spent several hours watching HGTV and browsing the Internet every week, gathering ideas about how they wanted to do their backyard.

After about six months of talking about and planning their new backyard, they settled on a synthetic turf lawn, took the leap and hired a contractor.

Throughout the project, only one small issue came up. At one end of the yard, the edge of the grass transitioned into pavement with some small, interlocking bricks. The plan was to remove the brick and gently slope the earth down to the concrete. In this case, after removing the bricks, the contractor discovered that it was too much of a vertical drop and decided to use pressure-treated wood instead and leave the earth level.

“The contractor made a decision on how to work around it and at no extra cost to us, implemented a small change to solve the problem,” Amidon says.

In the end, everything turned out quite well.

“The project only took two days, and there is an amazing night-and-day difference," he says. "The yard now looks great and is now very low maintenance for us.”


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