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View Poll Results: Should Las Vegas ban ornamental grass?
Yes, ban it. 40 68.97%
No, don't ban it. 18 31.03%
Voters: 58. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 06-23-2021, 09:06 AM
 
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I wouldn't mind replacing my front yard grass with fake stuff, But I am not removing grass in our backyard. We liked this house because it has grass for the kids and pets. I hated cleaning up desert landscape at the other house attempting to blow debris away and pulling never-ending weeds. BTW I had a co-worker that had fake grass installed not sure the type or brand but when the sun hit a window and reflected on the turf it melted.
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Old 06-24-2021, 12:18 AM
 
Location: Tucson/Nogales
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I think some areas of central Las Vegas should be grandfathered in, like Huntridge. I lived in Greenbriar Townhouse complex with 433 townhouses, DI/Pecos, built from 1969-1971, grass everywhere. Those that lived there since it was built felt areas like this should be grandfathered in, and I agree to a certain extent. The other 2 townhouse complexes up the street, Briarwood, Heritage South, have traditionally had grass lawns, built circa 1970, so they should have less restrictions?
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Old 06-24-2021, 01:19 PM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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I wouldn't mind replacing my front yard grass with fake stuff, But I am not removing grass in our backyard. We liked this house because it has grass for the kids and pets.
I am pretty much in the same boat here. We hardly do anything in the front yard, but our backyard is used multiple times every day and it wouldn't be as nice with fake grass.
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Old 06-25-2021, 01:09 AM
 
Location: Henderson, NV
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SNWA says one square foot of grass uses ~72 gallons of water per year, one square foot of xeriscape ~17 gallons of water per year, and an exposed pool loses 50 or more inches of water per year.

My pool is around 35x20ft in surface water area x 50" water loss = 2916 cu/ft water evaporation/year = 21,813 gallons. My water surface alone is 700sf plus add concrete decking and it's probably at least 1200-1500sf. 1200sf of grass would use 86,400 gallons of water per year. 1200sf of xeriscape 20,400 gallons.

Overall it seems pools, even uncovered, use quite a bit less water than a similar amount of grass and similar amount of water to xeriscape. I imagine a covered pool could cut that considerably.
That’s also what I read, that pools use less water than grass amazingly enough. Blows my mind. We don’t cover our pool, it isn’t designed that way (infinity edge of the hot tub flows into the pool), nor is there space to put a cover anywhere, but more than that it’s not economical or logical. They told me the pool evaporates once per year roughly, which makes sense with your math - our pool is 5 feet deep most of the way, a bit less in the shallow end. So that’s 10,800 gallons of water in our pool. Costs about $150 he said, I didn’t check his math, maybe that’s wrong. But I wouldn’t ever consider putting a cover on a pool to save $12/month lol I use the pool almost every day for 6-7 months, I’d use it a LOT less if I had to mess around with a cover every single time. Especially because some days I might swim for 30-45 minutes and that’s it.
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Old 06-25-2021, 10:05 AM
 
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I am pretty much in the same boat here. We hardly do anything in the front yard, but our backyard is used multiple times every day and it wouldn't be as nice with fake grass.



Yep. Real grass especially if you use use your backyard wins every time. The fake stuff gets hot. The front yard grass I could definitely do without. Neighbors seem to think their dogs own rights to it. I sprinkle the hottest pepper powder I can find around the edges which helps to deter them.
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