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Summer's been a scorcher in southern Ontario, so I'm always surprised to see the immaculate, plush lawns that surround my neighbourhood. Sure, a good gardener goes a long way, but it seems more and more homeowners are opting for a fuss-free lawn: one made of polyethylene. Growing up, I've never had to care for a lawn myself (thanks, Dad!), therefore I'm not one to understand the burden of caring for grass — so I'll leave this debate up to you. But first, can you tell which of the following photos showcase real versus artificial grass?

The answer is: all these lawns are fake!

Sure, faux-lawns have come a long way since AstroTurf. They don't require upkeep like irrigation, pesticides or fertilizers and keep a lush appearance year-round. They're also the only viable option for many patios and rooftops... but how do they compare to the feel and smell of freshly cut grass? Weigh-in in the comments section below.

Photo credits:
1. House & Home July 2012 issue, photography by Donna Griffith
2-3. SynLawn Canada
4. Forever Lawn


Reiko Caron

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