Synthetic grass has graduated from the early days when the product AstroTurf was introduced to the world as an alternative to using natural grass in sporting stadiums. This version and the early counterparts looked nothing like the grass it was replacing, it fooled no one.

These days, synthetic grass is a product that is radically different to the stuff that is used on sporting fields. The proper term for the sporting field grass is artificial turf and it is made to specifically respond to the sportsmen who play on it.

Instead, synthetic grass is a product that has become much more difficult to distinguish from real grass. It has been manufactured to be installed in domestic and commercial locations such as backyards and around the buildings of businesses. From a distance good synthetic grass products look like a well-manicured lawn and it's only when you get up close that you might realize that it is synthetic.

Those who have installed synthetic grass in their own backyards have enjoyed the benefits that it has given them. The maintenance required is significantly reduced with lawn mowing during the hot summer months a thing of the past. Water savings are significant too, so much so that some local governments have begun rebate programs to help pay for the cost of synthetic grass.

It's true that synthetic grass still requires a certain amount of maintenance to ensure that it remains clean and that it doesn't smell but the burden placed on the owner if greatly reduced. It is also true that you will use some water on the fake grass, mainly for the purposes of keeping it clean. But the levels required are nothing like those needed to keep a real lawn healthy and looking green.

Many synthetic grass companies make their grass products in a range of varieties to mimic certain real grass varieties. Popular grass varieties to choose from include fescue, rye and bluegrass and some products are even made with the occasional yellow grass blade woven in to give it the touch of imperfection to make it look even more like real grass.

Although there has been some recent controversy over the safety of artificial grass, it has been proven that the grass itself is quite safe and the risks are minimal. In fact, when you compare the natural dangers of real grass such as allergies and the dirt that lies directly underneath, synthetic grass is a far healthier option.

Synthetic grass is not the turf that you see when you go and watch a game of football. It's more suited to landscaping and looks more like the real grass that it replaces. It is suitable for all kinds of gardens and provides a low maintenance lawn that requires far less water. It's a product that should be considered closely as a replacement for the thirsty grass that sits in the majority of yards now.