Glendale bans fake grass

by Walter Olson on December 9, 2011

The Los Angeles suburb claims it adopted the ban because of dangers posed by chemicals, toxins and plastics present in artificial turf. Might there perhaps be an alternative motive, that of policing residents’ aesthetic taste in landscaping? Well, the ban applies only to front yards: “When asked why the fake grass would continue to be allowed in backyards, officials had no answer.” [CBS Los Angeles]


1 Mannie 12.09.11 at 12:23 pm

Given the chronic water problems in the LA area, it would make more sense to ban real grass.

2 Kurt 12.09.11 at 4:23 pm

When you think of all the fertilizers and pesticides used to make the grass green and weed free, there may be more chemicals with real grass.

3 Alan Kellogg 12.09.11 at 8:06 pm

It’s a move to bolster California’s economy by promoting fertilizer sales.

4 Alan K. Henderson 12.10.11 at 3:28 am

I’d like to see a super-rich Glendale resident tweak the law by creating a front “lawn” made completely from Lego bricks.

5 Alan K. Henderson 12.10.11 at 3:28 am

Double brownie points if he lives under the thumb of an HOA.

6 captnhal 12.11.11 at 8:27 am

Ex post facto

So Glendale can make what was legal at the time it was done illegal and then fine the home owner. What’s to stop them from then realizing that the fertilizer creates a greater hazard, requiring fake grass, and fining the very same owners for not changing back fast enough? This could be followed up by reversing their law every year.

This would be a good way to generate money for the city, the turf makers, and the makers of lawn care products. I assume this would be all perfectly legal.

7 Smart Dude 12.11.11 at 7:53 pm

Pesticides and fertilizers are environmentally toxic, especially to water supplies.

Astroturf is not.

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