Make Sure Artificial Turf is LEAD-free

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/