Chris and Earlene Jennings are your typical house-proud Pasadenans: Many weekends are busy with home improvements so they can relax and entertain in style and comfort. Since buying their 1920s English Revival home on North Holliston Street in 2003, they’ve done a lot of work to modernize their home while restoring its original beauty inside and out.
One of the improvements they’re most proud of is the one that saves them the most time, money, water and trouble. They replaced their tired, muddy backyard grass with 1,000 square feet of easy-care synthetic turf.
“The lawn was a constant battle,” says Chris. “I’d waste my Saturday mornings mowing it to look just OK, and then only to have it trampled into a mud pit by our dogs or friends who’d come over for a barbecue.” Chris tried reseeding and resodding but it was expensive and fruitless. “We entertain a lot,” says Earlene, “so I love that our lawn is always pristine, before and after a party, and that I don’t have to worry about my guests or 3-year-old getting dirty.” What do friends think? “They usually just ask who our gardener is and how much he charges,” laughs Chris.
Synthetic turf is an especially good alternative to grass in narrow spaces or areas that are difficult to irrigate efficiently, such as pathways or curbside parkways. The latest models offer the look and feel of real grass while outperforming it with very low maintenance, weather resistance, durability in high-traffic areas and year-round color. PWP customers can get rebates on synthetic turf at 60¢ per square foot. More rebates are offered on high-efficiency clothes washers ($100), toilets ($30-50), weather-based irrigation controllers ($150) and rotating sprinkler heads ($5). Visit www.cityofpasadena.net/savewater or call (888) 376-3314.